Basic reading skills and English language learning classes for adults are offered through the CALL program, Community Adult Learning in Libraries.
Reading, Writing, Math (Adult Literacy)
These classes are designed for adults, primarily native English speakers, who want to improve their reading, writing and math skills. These developmental programs take learners from performance level 0 to level 4.0. Class materials reflect real-life situations designed to hold the interest of adults and increase their skills so that they can pursue a HSE, adult High School Diploma, college degree and/or reenter the workforce.
English Language Learners (ESL)
These classes are designed for non-native English speakers who wish to improve their skills in reading and writing English. Beginning classes are geared toward learners who have no prior knowledge of English and who have few or no literacy skills in their native languages. As learners advance through the program, they master progressively higher levels of language and workplace skills.
Citizenship classes are designed for non-native speakers of English who are interested in applying for naturalization and want to prepare for the civics and English test and interview required by the United States Citizenship Immigration Services (USCIS). These classes are suitable for learners of English as a second language at the high-beginning through high-intermediate levels.
HOW TO GET STARTED
- Call 702.507.3530 or visit the CALL offices at Las Vegas Library or Clark County Library.
- Attend Orientation: sign-up and testing that takes approximately 2.5 hours.
- Placement with a volunteer tutor is limited to those students with the most urgent needs, i.e. those with little or no survival skills in English or those who have already applied for U.S. citizenship and lack the necessary skills to pass the USCIS Interview and Test.
- Students will be enrolled in the next available class.
OTHER LIBRARY RESOURCES
Life Long Learning
Find out how to do the day-to-day things that most people take for granted, earn a high school diploma or learn English.
Practice tests and courses for all areas. Includes Real Estate, SATs, Civil Service, GED, and much more! Be prepared, and get that high score!
Looking to land a job? You'll find an entire Learning Center dedicated to helping you get the one that's right for you.
GRAMMAR, VOCABULARY AND WORD GAME WEB SITES
Grammar and vocabulary quizzes, crossword puzzles and bilingual quizzes in many languages.
Dave's ESL Cafe
Wide variety of quizzes and practice on slang, idioms, phrasal verbs, reading comprehension, history, geography, and grammar as well as ESL and EFL Chat rooms and valuable links to educational resources.
Intermediate to advanced practice in grammar, phrasal verbs,vocabulary and TOEFL Test preparation.
This free site provides the high-intermediate to advanced ESL student with authentic reading and listening resources as well as tutorials and short tests on a wide variety of grammar points. Also featured is a multilingual dictionary and vocabulary building exercises.
Ingles para Hispanohablantes
Extensive vocabulary and grammar practice for Spanish speakers.
Things for ESL Students
A diverse web site including spelling, vocabulary and sentence games and puzzles, listening exercises and pronunciation practice (minimal pairs).
Wide selection of vocabulary with pictures and additional activities for beginners.
Karin's ESL Partyland
Our student pages have over 75 interactive quizzes, 15 discussion forums, interactive lessons on a variety of topics, a chat room, and lots of great links.
Learning English as a Second Language
Lessons and quizzes on Idioms and Slang, vocabulary and grammar topics at the Beginner and Intermediate levels. Free Registration required for some features.
PRONUNCIATION WEB SITES
Easton Authentic American Pronunciation
This web site offers a wide variety of recorded material that demonstrates the pronunciation of American English, including the names the letters of the alphabet, vowel and consonant sounds, word linking, contractions and stress patterns used in American English. Real Player and Flash are required.
LISTENING WEB SITES
English Listening Lounge
Listening passages with questions, answers and transcripts. Basic, Intermediate, and Advanced levels. Monthly fee required.
Current news stories with sound to include vocabulary, quizzes, sequencing activities and more for intermediate and advanced learners.
Online Newspaper articles with sound as well as games and quizzes. Intermediate and advanced levels.
ESL Cyber Listening Lab
Easy, Medium and Difficult listening exercises with quizzes.
READING WEB SITES
Learning Activities - California Distance Learning
This site provides adult learners with short reading passages about recent news stories related to science, money, housing, family, law and government, jobs, school and traveling. All the readings are supported by audio and many are also complemented by video clips.
- Learn English as a Second Language
This site has a variety of quizzes, readings, grammar and vocabulary lists for ESL students. Each of the readings and lists is linked to a related online dictionary, thesaurus or lesson. This web site also offers a special reading board onto which any English text can be pasted and automatically links each word of the text to a dictionary in English or any one of 15 different languages.
Skills for Today's Adults
This site provides reading practice for adult learners at grade levels 1 to 8. Each reading is recorded for learners to read along and is followed by printable exercises to test comprehension.
COMPUTER-RELATED WEB SITES
This site offers basic keyboard and mouse training using a user-friendly animated "instructor" who guides the learner through each step in British English. No registration required.
This site offers the adult learner a variety of interactive activities related to common everyday tasks such as following recipe instructions, using an ATM machine, reading classified ads and applying for a job. It also provides free tutorials on common software programs; some with video instruction and free online courses with live computer instructors. (Free account registration required)
TypingWeb TypingWeb is a free online typing tutor & keyboarding tutorial for typists of all skill levels.
IMMIGRATION WEB SITES
U.S.Citizenship and Immigration
This is the official government web site for all things related to immigration to the U.S. and becoming a U.S. Citizen. This site, a service of the Department of Homeland Security, provides immigration forms, fee information, educational resources, application instructions for visas and work permits, online tracking of application status and the latest news about treaties and accords affecting immigration to the U.S.
COMMUNITY WEB SITES
This site, a service of the National Institute of Health and the U.S. National Library of Medicine, provides a wealth of knowledge about medical topics in simple English through interactive animated tutorials. The site covers a broad scope of health-related data including symptoms, causes and treatments of diseases and conditions, test and diagnostic procedures, surgery and treatment and prevention and wellness.
Visiting the Doctor
Choose from a large selection of activities related to a visit with the doctor. Beginning and Intermediate levels.
ONLINE COURSE WEB SITES
This site offers an online course in English as a Second Language at beginner, low intermediate and intermediate levels. It contains interesting reading passages and video content geared toward adult learners, followed by comprehension and vocabulary-building activities. A simple registration process is recommended, but not required, to get started with this easy- to-use course.
REFERENCE WEB SITES
Description: This is a free online Amharic to English dictionary with a simple search feature.
This online dictionary provides an audio tool with the American or British English pronunciation for each entry and instant translation into 20 different languages. The site also provides a translator, a thesaurus and an encyclopedia.
This free website translates entries into over 70 languages.