ESL & Literacy Help

Learning Databases | Library Materials | ESL & Literacy Groups & Tutors | ESL & Literacy Websites


If you're trying to learn English or improve your reading skills, Bloomingdale Public Library is a great place to start. We have books, CDs, online databases, and DVDs that will help you improve your reading and writing skills.

Our reference staff can help with your questions! You can:

  • Stop by the Reference Desk
  • Call us at (630) 924-2730
  • Email us at
  • Text mybpl to 66746
  • Chat with us by clicking the Ask a Librarian box to the left

Learning Databases

English language learners can use Pronunciator with 50 non-English languages. Also includes downloadable phrasebooks for travel. Download the app for mobile use.

Prepare for the U.S. Citizenship Test with over 100 videos, drills, and quizzes. Covers the civics, reading, and writing portions of the exam.

Learning Express Library
Learning Express Library includes several sections that can help you improve your reading, writing, and computer skills. There is also a U.S. Citizenship Preparation test, and much more!

An online collection of ebooks and read-along chapter books, YA/teen novels, classic literature, graphic novels, educational videos, and audio books. Books are always available with unlimited access from any device with an internet connection. Features adjustable online text and complete audio narration. Read-alongs are an excellent tool for students of English as a Second Language.

Library Materials
The library offers CDs, CD-ROMs, DVDs, and books that will help you improve your reading and writing skills. We also have books for new readers to help you practice your reading skills. Ask a Reference Librarian to show you where the materials are located.

ESL & Literacy Groups and Tutoring Information

College of DuPage Adult Basic Education Office
The Adult Basic Education (ABE)/English as a Second Language (ESL) office helps adults develop or improve literacy, reading, writing, math, decision-making and problem-solving skills.

ABE offers programs for adults that help them with basic skills or prepares them for GED (General Education Development) testing. ESL offers a wide variety of programs, including those for families, professionals, and the English Language Institute (ELI). The Citizenship program prepares adults to take the test for U.S. Citizenship.

Literacy DuPage
Established in 1972, Literacy DuPage, formerly known as Literacy Volunteers of DuPage, is a nonprofit, community-based organization. Their mission is to help adult learners achieve sufficient skills in English literacy so they may function independently in our communities. The organization serves over 30 communities in DuPage County. Literacy DuPage trains volunteer tutors to provide customized, learner-centered English language instruction. Tutoring occurs in one-on-one or small group settings at a mutually convenient time and location for both tutors and students. Tutors incorporate everyday materials such as newspapers, maps, or job applications into their lessons.

People's Resource Center
People's Resource Center offers people a chance to learn English in a small group setting or one-on-one with a volunteer tutor, at no cost. Free ESL classes are only one of the complimentary services the Literacy Program provides. Clients also have the choice of learning basic academic skills, having GED or citizenship test preparation, and more. For more information call 630.682.5402 ext. 337.

Tutors on Wheels
Tutors on Wheels (TOW) is a literacy program sponsored by the Congregation of St. Joseph, that offers free one-on-one ESL tutoring to low-income adults living and working in suburban Cook and DuPage communities. For more information contact Jeanie Jadran, Program Director, at 630.217.0396.

World Relief DuPage
The World Relief Education Program DuPage/Aurora serves approximately 900 immigrants and refugees from over 60 different countries.Their ESL program provides 25 day and evening classes with an annual enrollment of over 900 students from over 60 countries. Classes are held in local churches in Wheaton, Aurora, West Chicago, and Warrenville. The program goal is to give our adult learners the language skills they need to become independent and productive members of their community.

ESL & Literacy Websites

Online version of the textbook now used by College of Dupage ESL classes.

College of DuPage ESL Internet Sites
A collection of sites for ESL students and instructors that contains resources designed to improve grammar, vocabulary, reading, pronunciation, listening, and comprehension skills via exercises, games, puzzles, tests, and quizzes.