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Conversation Groups

Join other residents to practice your spoken English in a comfortable, informal setting.

  • Main Library: Tuesdays at 1:30 p.m. in Conference Room A (No registration is required.)
  • Farmington Library: Fridays at 10:30 a.m. in the Conference Room.(No registration is required. Fall sessions begin Sept. 9)

ESL Movie Discussion Group

Join us for a four-week discussion of the movie, McFarland USA, rated PG (2015), starring Kevin Costner. We’ll watch short clips each week, going over the dialogue and plot. Then, at our last meeting, we’ll watch the entire movie without stopping. Registration required; (248) 553-0321, ext. 250​.

Farmington Branch Meeting Room: Mondays, January 23, 30; February 6, 13, 1:30 - 3 p.m.​

Tours and Facilities

The Farmington Community Library gives tours to classes and community organizations that serve English as a Second Language students and Adult New Readers. Topics covered in the presentations and Library tours generally include: Using the Library, Getting a Library Card, our ESL Collection, and Introduction to Library Materials and Services. Call the Main Library at (248) 553-6880 to arrange for a tour. Tutoring rooms are available during Library hours, and are located in Adult Services at the Main Library. The Farmington Community Library is dedicated to providing quality community outreach services to those who speak English as a second language.

ESL Book Discussion Group

Exclusively for non-native English speakers, each 6-8 week session will focus on reading one full-length book in English. You'll read two or three chapters each week on your own and then gather together with a library facilitator to discuss that week's reading assignment. There are three book club sessions each year (summer, fall, and winter) and there is no cost to participate. Books are available for free and registration is required.
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ESL Conversation Group Facebook

Keep in touch with group members and Library ESL staff online!

FCL English Computer-Based Language Learning Instruction System (ELLIS)


Ellis is an interactive computer program for English language learners. Watch conversations between native speakers, learn vocabulary and pronunciation, and record and listen to yourself speak. Ellis includes digital audio and video, voice recording, role-play, and native language support for every level of English language training. Ellis is available from the Main Library only, The computer for Ellis is located in one of the Library study rooms. The Library allows Ellis users to reserve the room ahead of time. Call the Information Desk to make an appointment: (248) 553-6880.

The International Language Collection

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Books for Adults:

Arabic
Armenian
Chinese
Czech
Egyptian
French
German
Greek
Gujarati
Hebrew
Hindi
Italian
Japanese

Kannada
Korean
Macedonian
Marathi
Persian
Polish
Russian
Spanish
Tamil
Telugu
Urdu
Vietnamese

Books for Children

Materials are available in the languages listed below. They are physically located in the Main Library (12 Mile Branch), in the Children's Department on the lower level, near the large world globe.

Albanian
Arabic
Bengali
Chinese
Farsi
French

German
Greek
Gujarati
Hebrew
Hindi
Italian
Japanese

Kannada
Korean
Persian
Punjabi
Russian
Spanish

Tamil
Telegu
Ukranian
Urdu
Vietnamese
Other

Films on DVDs

Materials are available in the languages listed below. They are physically located in the Main Library (12 Mile Branch), in the northwest corner of the building (Fiction Room) as this map shows. They are interfiled with our DVDs and VHS format materials.

Afrikaans
Albanian
Arabic
Bambara
Baule
Bengali
Brazilian
Burkinan
Cantonese
Chinese
Czech
Danish
Dutch
Farsi
Finnish
French
Georgian

German
Gujarati
Hebrew
Hindi
Hungarian
Icelandic
India
Indic
Inuktitut
Iranian
Israeli
Italian
Japanese
Kannada
Korean
Kurdish
Malaysian
Mandarin
Marathi
Mongolian
Nigerian

Norwegian
Pashtu
Persian
Polish
Portugese
Punjabi
Romanian
Russian
Serbo-Croatian
Spanish
Swedish
Tagalog
Taiwanese
Tamil
Telegu
Telugu
Thai
Tibetan
Turkish
Urdu

Vietnamese
Wolof
Yiddish
Zulu

International Magazines & Newspapers

Grahasjobha—Hindi magazine Sarita—Hindi magazine Sinotimes—Chinese newspaper Swati—Telugu magazine

Literacy Resources on the Web


Activities for ESL Students

Over 1,000 activities arranged by category to help students and teachers study English as a Second Language. A project of "The Internet TESL Journal" with contributions by many teachers.


BBC—Learning English

A very complete site, with eight major sections: Learning English Vocabulary from the News, Watch and Listen (News, Pictures, Stories), Quizzes & Exams, Grammar & Vocabulary (English as it's used today), Talk about English, The Flatmates (a SitCom), Business English and Lesson Plans / Support for Teachers of English

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Dave's ESL Cafe

A quasi-commercial site which (freely) offers (for students) a Help Center, materials on Grammar Lessons, Idioms, Phrasal Verbs, Pronunciation Power, Quizzes, Slang and Student Forums.


EnglishClub.com

Site includes lessons on grammar, vocabulary, pronunciation, quizzes, interactive games, jokes, forums and more. Learners will also find a 24-hour ESL Help Desk with teachers available to answer questions. Teachers will find lesson plans, a newsletter, job ads and forum.


English as a Second Language Home Page

A starting point of English sites for students learning English through the World Wide Web. The page includes links to hot ESL sites, a teachers' corner, listening and speaking, reading, grammar, writing and much, much more.


English Page

Free ESL / EFL lessons, online flash cards, online dictionaries, and a host of other useful resources.


English Practice

40,000 free interactive lessons for beginning, intermediate, advanced and TOEFL learners.


English Through Stories

Listen to fun, entertaining stories while improving English skills with weekly podcasts (10-20 minutes). Learn new expressions and idioms and learn to use them the way native speakers do.


FSI Language Courses

Welcome to fsi-language-courses.com, the home for language courses developed by the Foreign Service Institute. These courses were developed by the United States government and are in the public domain. This site is dedicated to making these language courses freely available in an electronic format. This site is not affiliated in any way with any government entity; it is an independent, non-profit effort to foster the learning of worldwide languages. Courses here are made available through the private efforts of individuals who are donating their time and resources to provide quality materials for language learning.


Ethnologue: Languages of the World

An encyclopedia reference work cataloging all of the world's 6,912 known languages. It is frequently cited as a source of basic information on individual languages, language use, bilingualism and other topics.


EveryTongue.com

Recordings and texts are provided in over 2,000 languages.


Global Language Monitor

A site that monitors trends in languages throughout the world.


iLoveLanguages

This is a great guide to languages on the Web, with more than 2,400 links.


Interesting Things for ESL Students

Word games, puzzles, quizzes, slang, proverbs, and more—for ESL students around the world.


Internet TESL Journal Home Page

A monthly journal for teachers of English as a Second Language which includes articles, research papers, lesson plans, classroom handouts, teaching ideas and Web links.


Lang-8.com

Learn speaking and writing from native language-speakers in a friendly, social environment.

Language Links

The home page provides multiple links to Web sites for learning languages and cultures.


Learning Express Library

Offerings include TOEFL, U.S. Citizenship Exam, Reading Skills Improvement and Writing Skills Improvement. Provided through Michigan eLibrary—you can log in from outside our Library with a Michigan Driver's License.


LiteracyWeb

The Literacy Web is designed to promote the use of the Internet as a tool to assist classroom teachers in their search forbest practices in literacy instruction, including the new literacies of Internet technologies. It enables teachers to become familiar with current research and theory that supports traditional and new literacy practices as well as to guide them towards particular classroom resources that can enhance literacy development for students at all grade levels. Sections for professional development inthe areas of literacy and technology integration are included to encourage teachers to use this website during their own inservice trainings and links are provided to recommended websites for students as well.


Live Lingua

The world's first total immersion language school online.


LiveMocha

Livemocha is the first-of-its-kind online language-learning community. Lessons. Fun and interactive lessons that move at the right pace for you. Motivation. Track your progress and reach your goals with Livemocha tools.


Michigan Literacy Inc.

A non-profit organization dedicated to advancing basic literacy skills throughout Michigan, funding over 100 basic literacy programs.


MITESOL

MITESOL is an acronym for Michigan Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages. It is an international association of English teaching professionals. Sites include fun links for students and teachers, MITESOL publications and membership information.


Modern Language Assoc. Language Map

The MLA Language Map is intended for use by students, teachers, and anyone interested in learning about the linguistic and cultural composition of the United States. The Data Center provides census data for over three hundred languages spoken in the United States, including actual numbers and percentages of speakers.


Omniglot

This site contains details of most alphabets and other writing systems currently in use, as well as quite a few ancient and invented ones. It also includes information about some of the languages written with those writing systems, multilingual texts, tips on learning languages, a book store, some useful phrases in many different languages, and an ever-growing collection of links to language-related resources.


OWL at Purdue

The OWL offers thorough sections on general writing concerns, ESL, grammar, spelling, punctuation and more. Try the tutorials, workshops and links to other writing resources.


ProLiteracy

This is the largest adult literacy organization in the U.S. Their mission is to teach adults and families with limited literacy skills reading, writing and English speaking skills.


Randall's ESL Cyber Listening Site

A collection of general listening quizzes (audio files) consisting of everyday conversations with adult and children's voices, separated into easy, medium, and difficult grades.


Phonetics

A University of Iowa project. This site contains animations of the phonetic sounds of English, German and Spanish.


UniLang Community

The main purpose of the UniLang Community is to provide an online site where people interested in languages can unite, openly discuss, and find resources related to language(s), linguistics and translations.


University of Michigan's English Language Institute: ESL Self-Study

Offers some MICASE-based self-study materials. In each lesson, there are interactive exercises that will give you feedback based on your own input. Please note that the newest version of RealPlayer is required for audio files, and that it is not free—RealPlayer is available from realplayer.com only as a 14-day trial, after which it must be purchased. Materials include Spoken Academic English Formulas by Rita Simpson, Sheryl Leicher, & Yung-Hui Chien and Clarifying and Confirming by Sheryl Leicher & Yung-Hui Chien.


USA Learns

A heavily audio-visual site. Free registration is required.


U.S. Dept. of Education

A searchable site by any topic including ESL, Adult New Reader. Contains government statistics, studies and reports on literacy issues.

Classes, Tutoring and Test Centers

 

ETS Test of English As A Foreign Language Services

ETS Corporate Headquarters Rosedale Road, Princeton, NJ 08541 (609) 921•9000
  The Library receives a free bulletin from ETS that includes TOEFL registration and test centers in the U.S.

English As A Second Language

Oakland Community College Orchard Ridge Campus 27055 Orchard Lake Road Farmington Hills 48334 (248) 552•3672.
  English as a Second Language provides language courses and programs for individuals learning English as a Second Language.

English Language Institute (WSU)

The English Language Institute (ELI) of Wayne State University specializes exclusively in teaching English communication, cultural orientation, and academic preparation skills to non-native speakers of English from all over the world. Call for registration times and fees. Established in 1974, the ELI is committed to assisting individuals at all levels of English proficiency to develop their English communication skills in the shortest possible time. A major focus of the ELI is to help language learners build confidence in their own language abilities as a result of their increasing English proficiency. The intensive nature of language instruction at the ELI enables language learners to focus on the language skills they need most and to make the greatest progress possible in the time they have for language learning. The ELI offers comprehensive and innovative language programs which provide students with the best English instruction, the newest methodologies, and the most up-to-date language-instruction technology available in the United States. Detroit Main Campus (Main Contact for All Locations):
351 Manoogian Hall 906 W. Warren Avenue Detroit, Michigan 48202 (313) 577•2729
Farmington Hills: Oakland Center Campus 33737 West 12 Mile Rd. Farmington Hills, Michigan 48331
Madison Heights: Madison Heights Center Lamphere High School 610 W. 13 Mile Road Madison Heights, MI 48071
 

Farmington Community School

The purpose of English as a Second Language is to provide educational instruction in English language communication skills (understanding, speaking, reading, and writing) to students whose native language is not English. The overall goals of the program are to assist in English language acquisition, to help ESL students to obtain jobs, and gain access to educational opportunities. Our program also includes material on U.S. Civics to prepare for naturalization.
30415 Shiawassee Street Farmington Hills, Mi 48336 248-489-3333
 

International Institute of Metropolitan Detroit, Inc.

111 East Kirby Detroit, MI 48202 (313) 871•8600
  The Institute serves people who have just arrived in America or Metro Detroit. The Institute offers: English Language classes, citizenship classes, counseling, job counseling, translators and interpreters, consultations and referrals on ethnic matters and international language classes.

MTELP (Michigan Test of English Language Proficiency)

OCC Orchard Ridge Campus 27055 Orchard Lake Road Farmington Hills, MI 48334 (248) 341•2000.
  The MTELP is administered by OCC to students whose primary language is not English. The test ensures accurate placement for college classes. Click on the Web site for information about the test and further information.

Oakland Community College ESL

27055 Orchard Lake Road Farmington Hills, MI 48334 (248) 522•2590.
  English as a Second Language courses are offered at four OCC campuses: Royal Oak, Southfield, Auburn Hills and Farmington Hills (Orchard Ridge). These courses help prepare students to be successful in other academic courses. Four levels of combined writing/reading courses, four levels of combined grammar/listening courses, and two levels of speaking courses are offered. These are credit courses that follow the semester plan. In addition, two campuses also offer a lower level, non-credit course—the Bridge Class—for students who are not ready for the lowest level of the credit program.

Oakland Literacy Council

17 South Saginaw Pontiac, MI 48342 (248) 253•1617.
  The Oakland Literacy Council offers free tutoring to students and adults in Oakland County. Weekly tutoring sessions are offered to teach reading, writing, spelling, and conversational English.

TOEFL Preparation Workshops

Schoolcraft College 18600 Haggerty Livonia, MI 48152 (734) 462•4400.
  The Test Preparation Workshop includes 8 sessions - 24 hours of classroom time. The Workshop also includes a textbook, audio cassette and CD-ROM with practice tests. Call for registration times and fees. Schoolcraft also offers spoken academic communication classes.

U. of M English Language Institute

500 E. Washington St. Ann Arbor, MI 48104-2028 (734) 764•2413.
  The English Language Institute was established in 1941 as the first English language research and teaching program of its kind in the United States. Since its founding, the ELI has become a leader in language teaching, learning, and assessment, in applied linguistics research, and in teacher education at the University of Michigan and throughout the world.

U.S. Citizenship & Immgration Services

Study Materials for the Naturalization Test

During your naturalization eligibility interview, a USCIS officer will test your ability to read, write, and speak English (unless you are exempt from the English requirements). You will also be given a civics test in English (to test your knowledge and understanding of U.S. history and government) unless you are exempt. Even if exempt from the English test, you will need to take the civics test unless you qualify for a waiver. You may also be eligible to take the civics test in your native language with the assistance of an interpreter if you qualify.

Translation Services On the Web


American Association of Language Specialists

TAALS is a professional organization, founded in 1957, that represents language specialists working at the international level, either in conferences or in permanent organizations.


American Translators Association

Founded in 1959, this is the largest professional association of translators and interpreters in the U.S. with 9,500 members in over 60 countries.


Babelfish

Free online machine translation service powered by software from Systran. Enter a word, sentence, paragraph, or the URL of a page you want to translate. Translates English to/from Arabic, Bulgarian, Chinese, French, Danish, German, Hindi,Japanese, Korean, Italian, Portuguese, Spanish and Ukrainian.


FreeTranslation.com

Free online translation service from Transparent Language. Free translation of sentences, paragraphs, and Web pages from English to over 40 languages.


Michigan Translators/Interpreters Network

MiTiN is an organization of translators, interpreters, agencies, and language professionals in Michigan. The network has over 130 members and represent over 34 languages.


LangMedia

LangMedia has a special mission to provide materials in languages less-commonly offered by colleges and universities in the United States. The site also has a commitment to providing authentic materials depicting differences in regional dialects and language-usage among speakers of the more commonly taught languages worldwide.

LangMedia has a special mission to provide materials in languages less-commonly offered by colleges and universities in the United States. The site also has a commitment to providing authentic materials depicting differences in regional dialects and language-usage among speakers of the more commonly taught languages worldwide.

The Five College Center for the Study of World Languages develops these materials under the sponsorship of Five Colleges, Incorporated (the higher education consortium consisting of Amherst College, Hampshire College, Mount Holyoke College, Smith College and the University of Massachusetts-Amherst.) .


The Translator's Home Companion

A useful online source for the professional translator and those in need of translation services. Links are provided for translation engines, agencies, products and conferences.


TravLang

Travlang.com is an online provider of foreign language tools for travelers, with free access to an online database of foreign phrases, translations and dictionaries on the Internet. Web links are also provided for translation agencies, language schools, and language products in over 900 languages.


yourDictionary.com

A portal for language and language-related products and services on the Web with more than 2,500 dictionaries and products in more than 300 languages.

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