English as a second language


Interactive online language courses available from home and on your mobile device. Mango focuses on everyday, common conversations to enhance vocabulary, pronunciation, grammar and cultural understanding. Choose from over 70 languages, plus English courses for speakers of more than 20 different languages.

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Road to IELTS is a comprehensive online preparation course developed by the British Council. The program includes more than 300 interactive activities with instant feedback, plus video tutorials and mock papers. Suitable for English language learners preparing for the IELTS Academic exam, or simply interested in practicing their reading, writing, listening and speaking skills.


In the library and at home with your library card. Limited to three concurrent users.

Tense Buster courses are designed for English language learners at five levels, from beginner to advanced. Includes presentations, exercises, tests and tips to help students improve their reading, writing, listening, speaking, vocabulary and grammar skills. Students learn how to ask questions, make comparisons and report on what they've heard, in addition to learning how to describe past, present and future events.


In the library and at home with your library card. Limited to three concurrent users.

Recommended websites

ESL classes | Learning activities

ESL classes

A program that provides adult immigrants with free English classes from beginner to intermediate levels.Burnaby Community and Continuing Education is one of organizations that provides these courses. You must be a permanent resident or convention refugee and not yet a Canadian citizen and 17 years of age or older.

Learning activities

The British Broadcasting Corporation Learning English site has lessons in general and business English, news stories with grammar, vocabulary and pronunciation exercises, quizzes and the fun animated series Flatmates.

This is a comprehensive grammar and writing guide from sentence part to paragraph to essay to research paper. There is an index of topics to check, a grammar log of questions and quizzes for each section.

This site for learners of English is written by two ESL teachers.There are quizzes, word games, word puzzles, proverbs, slang expressions, anagrams, a random-sentence generator and other computer assisted language learning activities.

This is an American English Dictionary for ESL, EFL, and TOEFL Students.

The Purdue University online writing lab provides ESL and academic writing resources.

Listen to English for everyday conversations and conversations for academic purposes.

The English Club provides online English lessons and interactive forums and games.

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