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English as a Second Language


To help learners and teachers of English as a Second Language, all Kitchener Public Library locations offer a wide selection of language learning materials.

Topics include vocabulary, pronunciation, listening, reading, communication, grammar, idioms as well as TOEFL, IELTS, and other English tests.

English Conversation Circles

Practise your English skills while we talk, listen, learn, and laugh about life in Canada.

Find English Conversation Circles at a library near you.

Find English Conversation Circles in the community.

Download and print English Conversation Circle flyers in various languages:


Improve Your English Online

Road to IELTS

Designed to help people learning English with Reading, Writing, Speaking and Listening, Road to IELTS helps exam candidates with every aspect of test preparation.

Transparent Language Online

Grammar and speaking lessons for over 90 languages. You must create a profile to use Transparent Language. You will need your library card to create a profile.

Idioms, Sayings, and Phrases

Search the Catalogue

If you are using the library catalogue to look for ESL items, the following searches will help:


These lists of books and other materials may help you in your learning:

 Beginner ESLPDF iconListening Skills
Beginner ESL Fiction PDF iconPicture Dictionaries
IELTS PDF iconWorkplace ESL
PDF iconLearn About Canada 

Need more info? 

We welcome ESL teachers and tutors to bring their students for a library tour. For more information, or to book a tour, contact librarian Kristin Johnson-Perlock.

Phone: 519.743.0271 x230