English language classes, facilitated by the Regional Adult Education program, meet at our Howell, Porter, and Salem Church library branches, as well as at various other locations throughout the region, from August through May. Enrollment requires registration and placement testing. To schedule an appointment, go to www.RARAE.org, or call the Adult Education office at 540-898-8165.
Howell and Porter branches also hold weekly English conversation groups, which provide an informal setting to practice spoken English. These are free drop-in classes for all levels. During our COVID-19 library closure, groups are meeting online.
GoodSkills Literacy Corps provides free tutoring for adult individuals and small groups in the areas of literacy, numeracy, and basic computing skills, including English language tutoring. For more information, email the AmeriCorps Program Director, Shanna Boutchyard, at email@example.com or call (540) 684-6795.
For study at home or on your mobile device, CRRL has online language learning resources.
Kanopy Streaming Video English lessons
Kanopy has educational videos and documentaries, as well as classic and foreign films. Once registered and signed on with your library card, go to ESL & Languages. You can watch up to ten Kanopy videos per month with each library card in your family.
Learn English for free with this interactive database that provides step-by-step lessons. Lessons are available for Arabic, Armenian, Cantonese, Mandarin, French, German, Greek, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Polish, Brazilian Portuguese, Russian, Spanish (Latin American), Turkish, and Vietnamese speakers. A text translator is provided, and you can download the mobile app for Android or iPhone or iPad. You will need your CRRL card number to access this resource.
Free online language learning, including modules for learning English, American Sign Language, Arabic, Chinese (Mandarin), German, Hindi, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish, and English courses for speakers of Spanish and Japanese. Provided by Find it Virginia. There is a free app available for both Android and iOS devices. Search for Rocket Languages in the iTunes Store or Play Store. You will need your library card number to access this resource.
Over 500 online education courses on subjects ranging from accounting to crafts & hobbies to improving writing skills. Register for free with your library card number. Search for English classes.
From the Web
Links of Interest to Students & Teachers of English as a Second Language
A plain listing of good links for students and teachers: grammar & English usage, pronunciation, quizzes, student projects, survival English, articles, book reviews, lessons, teaching tips, and links to other ESOL (English for Speakers of Other Languages) teachers' Web pages.
Rong-Chang’s ESL: English as a Second Language
Free English learning resources. A starting point for ESL (English as a Second Language) learners who want to learn English through the World Wide Web. Links to English listening and speaking, grammar, reading and writing, ESL course information, bilingual dictionaries, ESL learners' home pages, and other ESL sites.
USA Learns English and Citizenship Courses
USA Learns has four English courses to help you learn beginning and intermediate English. The courses include videos and interactive learning activities to help you practice and improve your English skills in listening comprehension, vocabulary, grammar, spelling, pronunciation, reading, writing, speaking and life skills. USA Learns now has a U.S. Citizenship course to help you prepare for your citizenship or naturalization interview and will help you with the information and language you need to become a U.S. citizen.
Virginia Adult Learning Resource Center
A division of The Literacy Institute at VCU, the Virginia Adult Learning Resource Center (VALRC), provides adult education and literacy resources, publications, and training for adult education practitioners in Virginia.
Voice of America News for English Learners
Learning English is VOA’s multimedia source of news and information for millions of English learners worldwide. Free and no registration is required.
Proficiency Testing Resources
Please note we are providing the following links as a courtesy. These are not associated with our library, and there may be fees associated with the tests.
LearningExpress is an online library-provided resource that includes practice tests for TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) components. You will need a CRRL card (follow this link to get one if you need one) to use LearningExpress.
Duolingo English Proficiency Test
The Duolingo English Test is a modern English proficiency assessment for today’s international students and academic institutions. The test is available online, on demand. You don’t have to make an appointment or travel to a test center—you can take the test from your home via a computer and webcam. Check with your academic organization to make sure they accept the Duolingo English proficiency test. There is a fee for this test.
IELTS Indicator is a test, completed online, that includes Listening, Reading, Writing and Speaking sections and uses IELTS questions marked by IELTS examiners. This means that this test is more reliable than a mock test, as it provides a more accurate score. IELTS Indicator follows the same content, format, structure and timing of an IELTS test. IELTS Indicator Speaking test continues to value the importance of face-to-face conversational English as it is conducted over video call with a real IELTS examiner. The test is available for a limited time in certain countries where IELTS testing is currently suspended or limited due to COVID-19. There is a fee for this test.
TOEFL iBT Special Home Edition
To meet the needs of students who are unable to take the TOEFL iBT® test at a test center due to public health concerns, ETS is temporarily offering the TOEFL iBT Special Home Edition test. The test is identical in content, format and on-screen experience to the TOEFL iBT test taken at a test center. It is taken on your own computer at home and is monitored by a human proctor online through ProctorU®. At home administrations are currently available around the clock 4 days a week, through September 30, 2020. There is a fee for this test.