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Conversation Groups

Join other residents to practice your spoken English in a comfortable, informal setting. Regular Monday and Tuesday ESL Conversation groups are now held through Zoom. Contact Jill O'Hara at gro.bilmraf@arah'o.llij if you wish to participate. You must email Jill to receive Zoom meeting ID and password.

  • Mondays at 6:30 p.m.
  • Tuesdays at 1:30 p.m.

ESL Book Discussion Group

A book discussion group designed especially for non-native English speakers! Join us to read and discuss one book over several weeks. You’ll read the chapters at home and we’ll discuss plot, dialogue, and culture when we get together. Registration is required. See the Book Discussion Groups page for more information.

ESL Conversation Group Facebook

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

Mango Languages

Mango Languages

An online language learning resource with 70+ languages for English speakers and 20+ English as a Second Language (ESL) courses. This computer based program also has a mobile app for learners on the go!



Do you speak a language other than English as your first language? Would you like to know more about the services and programs the Farmington Community Library offers just for you and for other ESL learners?

If so, we would like to meet you! Deb Hemmye and Jill O'Hara, our ESL librarians, are available to meet with your group, at your location, to provide an overview of the Farmington Community Library’s materials and services for ESL learners. We’ll talk about how to get a free library card, how the library can help you learn English, the ESL groups and programs the library has to offer, and much more.

To schedule a visit, please call 248-553-0300, ext 217 or ext. 343 or email gro.bilmraf@eymmeh.bed or gro.bilmraf@arah'o.llij.

Click here to browse other ESL programs and services available through the Farmington Community Library.

The International Language Collection

Books for Adults:

Materials are available in the languages listed below at both Library locations. Some languages are only available at our 12 Mile Location.

Mother and Child



Books for Children

Materials are available in the languages listed below at both Library locations. Some languages are only available at our 12 Mile Location.






Materials are available in the languages listed below at the 12 Mile Location with a few select languages also available at the Liberty Street Location.



Nigerian Norwegian

Urdu Vietnamese

International Magazines & Newspapers

These materials are available at our 12 Mile Location only.

Arab American News

Chaldean News

Detroit Express (Russian)

Filmfare (English)

Grahasjobha (Hindi)

India Today

India Abroad

Sarita (Hindi)

Swati (Telugu)

Literacy Resources Online

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


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.

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.

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.

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

FSI Language Courses

Welcome to, 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.

Global Language Monitor

A site that monitors trends in languages throughout the world.


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.

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.


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 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.


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.


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.


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.


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 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 (TOEFL) Services

The Library receives a free bulletin from ETS that includes TOEFL registration and test centers in the U.S.

ETS Corporate Headquarters
Rosedale Road
Princeton, NJ 08541
(609) 921-9000

English As a Second Language: Learning & Growing Through Mentorship

This ministry allows local people of different nationalities to learn the English language through reading and studying the Bible. They use a program that was developed in Taiwan called “Let’s talk in English.” It includes conversations, grammar points and key words in each video lesson. This group meets on Mondays at FBC church from 7-8pm. We have classes for beginners and advanced students.

First Baptist Church of Farmington
33400 Shiawassee St
Farmington, MI 48335
(248) 474-0350

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.

Farmington Community School
30175 Highmeadow Rd.
Farmington Hills, MI 48334
(248) 426-2659

International Institute of Metropolitan Detroit, Inc.

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.

International Institute of Metropolitan Detroit
111 East Kirby
Detroit, MI 48202
(313) 871-8600

Language Center International

Learn English at a professional, accredited school with a welcoming, friendly atmosphere. LCI offers up to thirty-six (36) hours of ESL classes per week September - April, and up to forty (40) hours per week May - July. LCI also has a variety of other services for the international community, such as translations, interpretations, and individualized ESL instruction.

Language Center International
17515 West Nine Mile Road, Suite 600
Southfield, MI 48075
(248) 355-5506

MTELP (Michigan Test of English Language Proficiency)

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 link for information about the test and further information.

OCC Orchard Ridge Campus
27055 Orchard Lake Road
Farmington Hills, MI 48334
(248) 341-2000

Oakland Community College - ESL

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.

OCC Orchard Ridge Campus 27055 Orchard Lake Road
Farmington Hills, MI 48334
(248) 522-2590

Oakland Literacy Council

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.

Oakland Literacy Council
17 South Saginaw
Pontiac, MI 48342
(248) 253-1617

University of Michigan English Language Institute

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.

English Language Institute
500 E. Washington St.
Ann Arbor, MI 48104
(734) 764-2413

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 Online

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.


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.


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 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.

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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