The Prince William Public Library System provides a number of different materials and services for adults interested in learning English, improving their reading and writing skills, as well as materials for daily living and leisure time. Resources are also available for those adults working towards their GED, U.S. Citizenship and other test preparations. All services and resources offered by the library are free.
Life Skills Collection
A life skills collection is available at the four full service libraries: Bull Run, Central, Chinn Park and Potomac. Materials in the collection include both book and audiovisual materials geared to the new English speaker. Cassettes and CDs provide the user with materials on learning English both in general and from speakers of other world languages, such as Spanish, Korean, Vietnamese and more. The books include everything from balancing a budget, parenting, basic math to focusing on language skills such as grammar and pronunciation. In addition, the collection includes a number of basic English dictionaries.
The library system provides test guides in such areas as citizenship, TOEFL, GED, etc. which exist both in print and online. If you would like to see what is currently available, check our web catalog. Two online databases, LearnATest and Testing and Education Resource Center, provide free online practice tests for both the GED and U.S. Citizenship test. Go to our Electronic Resources page to select one of these products. You will be prompted to enter your library card number to enter the database.
Programs and Services
Bull Run Regional Library, Chinn Park Regional Library and Potomac Community Library provide regularly scheduled weekly sessions where beginning speakers can come and practice speaking English. Each group has a facilitator to assist with informal conversations and to help improve the listening skills and speaking abilities of the attendants. This is not a class but an opportunity to practice English in a friendly and relaxed atmosphere.
English for Speakers of Other Languages - Classes
Central Community Library is a center for classes offered through the Adult Education Department of the Prince William Public Schools. A listing of dates and times when classes are offered can be obtained at the information desks of any full service library or by going to the Prince William Public Schools website
For additional information contact the Adult Education Department at 703-791-7357.
A number of organizations within Prince William County assist English learners. Check out the Clubs and Organizations listing on the library’s homepage
. You can do a keyword search under ESOL, GED or Literacy Groups to locate a list of organizations.
U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services
Interesting Things for ESL Learners
TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language)
Activities for ESL Students
FirstGov.gov: the U.S. Government’s official web portal