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Prince William Public Library
English Language Education

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.

COLLECTIONS 

Books and Audios
Books and audiovisual materials geared to the new English speaker are available at all 11 libraries, with a larger collection at each of the 6 full-service facilities (Bull Run, Central, Chinn Park, Haymarket Gainesville, Montclair, and Potomac Libraries).  Audio materials include CD's, and provide a person learning English with resources relating to pronunciation, grammar, idioms, and other basic language skills.  Some resources are geared specifically toward speakers of Spanish, Korean, Hindi and other world languages, while others are useful to any new English language learner. 

An online language learning tool called Pronunciator is accessible by opening the "Premium Sites" portion of our website.  This online resource provides interactive learning for speakers of 50 languages who want to learn English.

All of these resources are free to patrons with a valid library card.

Test Guides
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 

Conversation Programs
Bull Run Regional Library, Central Community Library, Chinn Park Regional Library, Haymarket Gainesville Community Library, Montclair Community 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.

Please check the CALENDAR OF EVENTS for specific dates and times at each location.

USEFUL WEBSITES

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

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