English Conversation for ESL Learners

Practice listening to and speaking English while making new friends. Residents can pair up with fellow residents to engage in friendly conversation aimed at helping those who are learning English to improve their speaking and comprehension skills.

Morning Sessions: Tuesdays: May 8, June 12, July 10, and August 14
at 10 a.m.

Night Sessions: Tuesday May 29 and Mondays: June 25, July 30, and August 27
at 7 p.m.

For more information and if you have any questions, please contact Outreach Services at outreach@orlandparklibrary.org or (708) 428-5115

Foreign Language Resources


The library features assorted books for adults in Arabic, Hindi, Polish and Spanish. The collection was funded through a LSTA grant that was awarded in the mid 1990s.

Library users may suggest non-English titles of interest for consideration to be purchased for the World Language collection.


The library features assorted materials for children in the following foreign languages: Arabic, Chinese, Polish and Spanish.

The library features assorted bi-lingual books for children in Arabic, Chinese, French, German, Greek, Hindi, Italian, Polish, Russian and Spanish.

Library users may suggest non-English titles of interest for consideration to be purchased for the World Language collection.

Buenas Noches:

Drop in and learn basic Spanish through stories and songs during this interactive storytime! Aprendamos Español con historias y canciones en esta interactiva hora del cuento!(Age 4 and up).

Penpal Kits:

The Penpal is a pre-programmed device created to read aloud in a variety of languages. This award-winning digital companion will introduce you to learning material in a unique way. Touch the pen to a book, poster, or learning chart, and you'll hear the content read to you. Penpal creatively brings audio, interactivity, and magic to printed materials. Each Penpal set includes the Penpal device, sheet and books.

Mango Languages:

Now you can learn another language through our new interactive database, Mango Languages.
Mango Languages’ PhD-created, linguist-approved language-learning software teaches practical conversation in over 70 languages, while keeping the vibe fun and encouraging. Mango rapidly builds language proficiency and cultural understanding around real-world communication skills that you'll actually need. Mango teaches through examples.
For those using a tablet or phone, an app is available to download. Contact the Reference Desk for more information at 708-428-5151.

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