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English Language Learners

Our Language Learning Clubs are free and open to everybody. These clubs 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 Tania Hess at or text 815.263.8145.  Se habla español.


Everyday English

Everyday English 1 & 2

In-person on Mondays
9:30 AM and 11:00 AM

Build confidence speaking English and ask questions about everyday life in the U.S. These classes offer practice reading and writing as well as conversations you would use at a school, store, doctor’s appointment and with neighbors. Learn how to use the Library and use the internet and be confident making friends and talking to others in the community.  Contact Tania Hess at or text 815.263.8145 to schedule placement testing. 

*Placement test required*


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.


English for Beginners and Intermediate Learners

English for Beginners and Intermediate Learners

In-Person on Tuesdays and Wednesdays
9:30 AM and 11:00 AM

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. Contact Tania Hess at or text 815.263.8145 to schedule placement testing. 

*Placement test required*


Mango Languages

Mango Languages

Plainfield Library card required

Continue your language learning at home and on the go with Mango Languages.  This resource includes courses in over 60 languages, many recently expanded, including English Language Learner (ELL) courses.  Lessons are self-paced and available online or using the Mango Languages app (iOS / Android).


Partnership with JJC Department of Adult Education and Literacy

Learn more about the Plainfield Library and Joliet Junior College’s Department of Adult Education and Literacy Partnership in this interview with ESL/ELL Liason Tania Hess and Cathy Kramer, Adult Education and Literacy Specialist at JJC.


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
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