The drive-up book drop is now open but the library is still closed. Look for more library service details soon. Due dates on items checked out have been extended and expired library cards have been renewed to JULY 1. For City of Tempe COVID-19 updates check here. For library closure updates check here. For public review of City budget check here.

English as a Second Language (ESL/ELL)

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ESL Table Talk

Mondays - 1:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.
Library Meeting Room B

View the library calendar for specific dates. 

Join our FREE table talk group. Learn and improve common vocabulary, phrasing, and discuss American culture. Note: Some basic English reading, writing, and speaking skills are required. No registration required.


Rocket Languages

  • Interactive Audio Courses in Spanish, English, Chinese, German, Italian, Japanese, Russian, Arabic, Hindi, American Sign Language (ASL), Korean, Portuguese, Inglés para hispanohablantes, and 英文課程

You will need to sign in with your library card barcode number.

Local Resources

Online Resources

  • Podcasts 
    • Can be listened to on the web via your computer, or via your smartphone
    • For iPhones - Use iTunes
    • For Android - download a podcast player app in the Google Play store
    • BBC’s "The English We Speak"

  • Pronunciation resources
    • Forvo - Forvo is the largest online pronunciation guide in the world, where you'll find millions of words pronounced in their original languages.
    • Emma Saying - Emma Saying is a free English video pronunciation guide and YouTube channel.