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language learning

English Language Learners

Our language learning classes are free and open to everybody. These classes offer an easy and fun way to learn English at your own speed, surrounded by a supportive group of fellow learners.

Visit our Events Calendar for a full listing of all upcoming programs at the Library. For questions, contact Asifa Munawar at amunawar@papl.info, by phone at 815.436.6639, ext. 224 or by text at 815.790.7876.

How do I volunteer as a tutor?

Please fill out this form if you are interested in tutoring any of our ELL programs. The ELL coordinator will be in touch to discuss placement within 3-5 business days.

PLEASE NOTE: All ELL classes are held in the morning. One on one and small groups can meet in the mornings, afternoons, evenings, or Saturdays depending on tutor availability. Tutors must be 17 or older.

 

How do I schedule a placement test?

The ELL Office is open Monday through Thursday from 9 AM to 2 PM. Placement testing hours are 9:30 AM to 12:30 PM. Schedule a placement test online with this form. Please allow up to 2 business days for contact. 

If you have any questions, contact Asifa Munawar at amunawar@papl.info, by phone at 815.436.6639, ext. 224 or by text at 815.790.7876.

 

New to English

New to English

*Placement test required*
Monday mornings

This is for beginners who are new to English and need extra support with reading, writing, basic vocabulary and basic life skills.

Level testing is required to participate. Schedule a placement test online or contact Asifa Munawar at amunawar@papl.info, by phone at 815.436.6639, ext. 224 or by text at 815.790.7876.

 

 

Everyday English

Everyday English

*Placement test required*
Monday mornings

Build confidence in speaking English and ask questions about everyday life in the U.S. Practice conversations you would use at school, in stores, at doctor’s appointments and with neighbors. Learn how to use the Library and the internet.

Level testing is required to participate. Schedule a placement test online or contact Asifa Munawar at amunawar@papl.info, by phone at 815.436.6639, ext. 224 or by text at 815.790.7876.

 

English for Beginners and Intermediate Learners

English for Beginners and Intermediate Learners

*Placement test required*
Tuesday and Wednesday mornings

English for Beginners classes are geared toward students with limited English experience. Intermediate level classes are for students who already use English in daily tasks but need to keep improving. Both classes include leveled listening, speaking, reading and writing practice. 

Level testing is required to participate. Schedule a placement test online or contact Asifa Munawar at amunawar@papl.info, by phone at 815.436.6639, ext. 224 or by text at 815.790.7876.

 

Virtual English Club

Virtual English Club

Virtual on Thursdays
10:00 to 11:45 AM

Learn and practice English in an informal setting. Read books together, discuss current news or explore other topics. This club is open to all and presented on Zoom.

You will need a computer, tablet, or phone to access Zoom. Visit our Events Calendar to register.

 

Partnership with JJC Department of Adult Education and Literacy

Looking for evening or weekend  English as a Second Language (ESL) classes? Joliet Junior College’s Department of Adult Education and Literacy offers free ESL classes for all non-native English speaking adults. Classes take place in Bolingbrook, Morris, Romeoville, Plainfield and Joliet and are offered between 4-12 hours per week, in the morning, evenings and on Saturdays. Classes are split up into six levels, from beginning to advanced, and require a placement test to start.

Learn more about JJC’s offerings on their website.  You can also contact them by email at DAELstaff@jjc.edu or by phone at 815.280.1333.

 

Language Learning Resources at the Library

Books and CDs for Learning English
  • Basic Skills materials including reading, spelling, writing, grammar, pronunciation, and idioms.
  • Citizenship Test Guides
  • GED Test Guides
  • TOEFL Test Guides
  • Language Dictionaries
  • Language Learning CDs
  • Compass Classics Series
Popular Books and Movies in Your Language

The Library collects books in Polish, Spanish and Urdu.  We also collect DVDs in over 20 languages including Chinese, French, German, Hindi, Polish, and more.

Online Language Learning
Citizenship Resources