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Career Resources  

This guide presents DPL's resources for job-related skills, as well as provides links to job opportunities within the Quad-Cities.
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ESL Help Print Page

Books to Help You Get Started

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Intermediate English Grammar for ESL Learners - Robin Torres-Gouzerh
ISBN: 9780071462938
Publication Date: 2008-05-02

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Basic American Grammar and Usage - Marcel Danesi
ISBN: 0764133586
Publication Date: 2006-03-01

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Perfect Phrases for ESL - Natalie Gast
ISBN: 9780071608381
Publication Date: 2010-02-10

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Easy ESL Crossword Puzzles - Chris Gunn
ISBN: 9780071821346
Publication Date: 2013-10-10

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American Accent Training with 5 Audio CDs - Ann Cook
ISBN: 9781438071657
Publication Date: 2012-09-01

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Practice Exercises for the TOEFL with Audio CDs - Pamela Sharpe
ISBN: 9781438070339
Publication Date: 2011-07-01

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TOEFL Prep for Spanish Speakers - Greg Britt
ISBN: 9781442123472
Publication Date: 2009-05-22

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Cracking the TOEFL IBT 2016 - Princeton Review Staff
ISBN: 9780804125987
Publication Date: 2015-02-10

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McGraw-Hills TOEFL - Tim Collins
ISBN: 9780071796224
Publication Date: 2014-01-10

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ESL Games: 176 English Language Games for Children - Shelley Vernon
ISBN: 9781475255584
Publication Date: 2012-05-18


ESL Help

Looking for more ESL resources than what is shown on this page? The library has many other materials to offer. Feel free to search the library catalog or visit any of the databases listed listed on this page for more information.

Keywords to search

  • learn english
  • ESL
  • English as a Second Language
  • EFL
  • English as a Foreign Language
  • ESOL
  • English for Speakers of Other Langauges

Local ESL Help

The Quad Cities area offers a number of local ESL resources for residents to take advantage of. Below you will find a list of resources and programs offered in the Quad Cities that offer help.

  • CasaQC
    Casa Guanajuato is a nonprofit organization located within the Quad Cities that is designed with a focus on helping immigrants who have chosen the Quad Cities as their home. They offer help ranging from immigration services, childcare, and education.
  • BlackHawk College - Academic ESL Program
    Black Hawk College, a two-year junior college in Moline, offers an Academic ESL Program available within the ESL International Office at the school. This program offers participation in the ESL Newsletter/International Voices Magazine, involvement in the ESL Bridges Program, help with graduation/transition ceremony, and a Mentor/Mentee Program.
  • Eastern Iowa Community Colleges
    Clinton, Muscatine, and Scott Community Colleges offer ESL help at all of their specific campuses. Classes for English Language Learners, English as a Second Language, and English for Speakers of Other Languages are offered. New students must attend an orientation session. Click through to find the contact information for each specific location, so you can find the specific classes and services each offers.

Mango Languages

  • Mango Languages is a database that the library subscribes to that lets you learn conversational skills in a wide variety of languages. This resource also offers ESL courses for those who know French, Spanish, Vietnamese, as well as ten other languages.
  • You will have to create an account to use this resource, but it is entirely free. You will be prompted to enter your name, email, a password, and your library card number.
  • If you're looking to learn a different language, Mango has many different languages available with specialized courses designed for each.

  • Once you log in, click the Learn English button in the middle of the screen. Here you will see the option for ESL courses for Polish, French, German, Italian, Spanish, Portuguese, Vietnamese, Turkish, Bengali, Greek, Russian, Armenian, Chinese, Japanese, Korean, and Arabic speakers, as well as a general foreign language speakers option.
  • After you find the language you speak, you will be directed to Mango conversation classes and Little Pim courses. 


Learning Express Library

  • LearningExpress Library offers help with a wide variety of tests, as well as mastering writing, reading, and speaking skills for a number of different subjects. They also offer a number of classes in Spanish.
  • You have to create an account to use this service. Click Register in the upper right hand corner and enter in all of your information(you don't need your library card) to create your account. This allows you to keep track of your course information and save the progress you are making within each course.


Universal Class

  • Universal Class is a database where you can access hundreds of continuining educations courses that you can do at your own speed.
  • You will have to create an account to use this resource. That account will allow you to keep track of the progress you are makign within each course, check your email, and make your own profile to connect with others.

  • The Test Preparation center offers classes that are tailored to help people who are learning English as a second language.

  • The ESL Online Classes are self-paced and cover grammar, writing, speaking, spelling, punctuation, and other courses. These subjects are also offered at different levels that allow you to pick at which level you are comfortable working.

More Books to Help You Get Started

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Basic English - Julie Lachance
ISBN: 9780071597623
Publication Date: 2008-12-03

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Practice Makes Perfect - Jean Yates
ISBN: 9780071460859
Publication Date: 2006-07-13

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Everyday American Idioms for ESL Learners - Stephen Lau
ISBN: 9781500650131
Publication Date: 2014-09-11

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Official Toefl Ibt Tests - Educational Testing Service Staff
ISBN: 9780071771269
Publication Date: 2012-12-11

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Cracking the TOEFL IBT 2014 - Princeton Review
ISBN: 9780307945600
Publication Date: 2013-06-11

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ESL Beginner - Boguchwal, Sherry
ISBN: 9780738611280
Publication Date: 2013-04-12


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