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Learning English/ ESOL Learning Tools:
BBC Learning English - Comprehensive materials for intermediate to advanced ESL learners from the BBC World Service.

Dave's ESL Cafe's Student Discussion Forum - "The Internet's Meeting Place for ESL/EFL Students and Teachers from Around the World!"  This site allows ESL students and teachers to help each other with any problems they may be facing.

ESL – This site has 75 interactive quizzes, 15 discussion forums, interactive activities on a variety of topics, a chat room, and lots of great links for students.  Additionally, it provides many lesson plans and reproducible materials for teachers to use in class. – This site, maintained by an ESL student, contains vocabulary lists, grammar help, ESL quizzes, spelling tests, reading help tools, and many other resources useful in learning English as a second Language.

Free English Teaching and Learning Materials for ESL – Provides over a thousand pages of free information and resources for both teachers and students. All materials are organized by skill and level for quick and easy access.

Simple English News – Improve your English by reading and/or listening to simple news articles.

TOEFL: Test of English as a Foreign Language - The TOEFL test measures your ability to communicate in English in colleges and universities. You can take the test as an Internet-based Test (IBT) or a paper-based test (PBT), depending on which format is offered at your test center.

VOA News - The Voice of America, which first went on the air in 1942, is a multimedia international broadcasting service funded by the U.S. government through the Broadcasting Board of Governors. VOA broadcasts more than 1,000 hours of news, information, educational, and cultural programming every week to an estimated worldwide audience of more than 115 million people.  You can listen to and read the news at the same time.


America's Literacy Directory - lists adult literacy class offerings (searchable by zip code) in communities nationwide.

CUNY Language Immersion Program - The CUNY Language Immersion Program offers students who have been admitted to a City University of New York (CUNY) college the opportunity to spend more time learning English in an academic environment before formally enrolling in college courses. The Program operates 25 hours a week, with day and evening sessions available.

Eastern Suffolk Boces ESL/ Bilingual Programs

Literacy Suffolk, Inc.  – recruits and trains community volunteers to tutor Suffolk County adults in two areas: Basic Literacy and English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL). The Basic Literacy program is geared towards adults who read and write below a sixth grade level. ESOL teaches conversational English to people whose native language is not English.

Patchogue-Medford Library Conversational English Group

Suffolk County Multicultural/ Multilingual Committees
- Lists libraries in Suffolk County that offer conversation groups.

Teaching Tools:

Daily Lesson Plan - Daily lesson plans for English teachers.

ESL Cafe's Idea Cookbook – Ideas for teaching various aspects of ESL to students.

Teaching English as a Second or Foreign Language – An online journal with articles on teaching English.

World Languages


Suffolk County Government Language Line

AltaVista Babel Fish Translation Translator

Google Translate

Speaking/ Conversation:

FSI Language Courses - This site provides online courses, podcasts, and downloadable audio files pertaining to language learning. It is an independent, non-profit effort to foster the learning of worldwide languages, and it is not affiliated with any government entity. Courses here are made available through the private efforts of individuals who are donating their time and resources to provide quality materials for language learning.

Logos Universal Verb Conjugator – Conjugate verbs in 36 different languages.

Mango Languages - Mango is designed to equip you with conversational abilities from the very start. Whether you're learning how to order a pizza or ask when the game starts, Mango immerses you in real, everyday conversations in 12 different language courses.


Classical Language Instruction Project at Princeton University – This site contains samples of Greek and Latin prose and poetry texts, read by various scholars and in different styles.  It is designed to help students of the classical languages to acquaint themselves with the sound of Greek and Latin and to practice their own reading skills.

Forvo - The Pronounciation Guide - The largest word pronunciation dictionary in the world, now with translations. All the words in all the languages pronounced by native speakers.

Lexicool - A directory of "all" the online bilingual and multilingual dictionaries and glossaries freely available on the Internet. It is a resource intended for translators, linguists, language students and all those interested in foreign languages. Multilingual Dictionary  - Enter an English word to see results in 30 different languages or choose a language and then enter the word in that language.

Logos Dictionary – Defines words in several different languages

Additional Websites:
Search the Suffolk County Library Catalogue for Non-English Materials – search Suffolk County’s Online Public Access Catalogue for materials by language.

Suffolk Web: Chinese Sites

Google Language Tools - Type a search phrase in your own language to easily find pages in another language.

World News

Globalpost – Produced by Global News Enterprises of Boston, this site presents nonpartisan, unbiased news stories from around the world.

ICON – International Coalition on NewspapersThe International Coalition on Newspapers is a coordinated multi-institutional effort to increase the availability of international newspaper collections by improving both bibliographic and physical access to global newspaper collections.

Spanish Language Websites

AHRQ en Espanol – Provides Spanish guides to cancer, heart problems, diabetes, muscles bones and joints, mental health, and the digestive system.

County Catalog en Espanol 

CDC en Espanol - Information on diseases & conditions, healthy living, preparedness and response for emergencies, injuries, environmental health, traveler’s health, life stages, and health and safety.

LibGuides at Brentwood Public Library – Information en Espanol, courtesy of the Brentwood Public Library.

MEDLINEplus en Espanol - MedlinePlus will direct you to information to help answer health questions. MedlinePlus brings together authoritative information from NLM, the National Institutes of Health (NIH), and other government agencies and health-related organizations. Preformulated MEDLINE searches are included in MedlinePlus and give easy access to medical journal articles. MedlinePlus also has extensive information about drugs, an illustrated medical encyclopedia, interactive patient tutorials, and latest health news

New York State Archives Electronic Schoolhouse

The Bilingual News – El Bilingüal – Offers news in both English and Spanish.

Centros para el Control y la Prevencion de Enfermedades (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) – The nation’s premier public health agency – working to ensure healthy people in a healthy world.

CNN en Español - Offers news articles of the main world-wide events, cover live complemented with analysis, the international news of the enterprise and financial world, sports and notes of interest the 24 hours of the day, the 365 days of the year.

English-Spanish Dictionary of Common Computing Terms

Federal Citizenship Information Center – Brings together an array of U.S. Government information and services and makes them accessible to the public.

The Federal Trade Commission – The FTC deals with issues that touch the economic life of every American.  It is the only federal agency with both consumer protection and competition juristicition in broad sectors of the economy.
Printable forms from this page: – An award-winning Federal Web site for consumers, developed by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services together with other Federal agencies.

Yahoo Español– A Spanish search engine.


Ben's Guide to U.S. Government for Kids – An easy-to-understand guide to becoming a citizen.

Free Citizenship Classes at Patchogue-Medford Library

How to Apply for US Citizenship

Immigration at US - Prepare your US Citizenship online.

Learning Express Library - Citizenship Exam: History and Civics Review – A review for the Citizenship examination.

Resources for New Immigrants - A comprehensive guide containing practical information to help immigrants settle into everyday life in the United States, as well as basic civics information that introduces new immigrants to the U.S. system of government. Welcome to the United States: A Guide for New Immigrants is available online in English, Spanish, Chinese, Arabic, French, Haitian Creole, Korean, Polish, Portuguese, Russian, Tagalog, Urdu, and Vietnamese.

US Citizenship Application and Pass Citizenship Test- Free software and complete information about the US citizenship application, and how to prepare the citizenship test, including sample questions.

USCIS Home Page – The official US immigration homepage.
Printable forms from this page:

Welcome to the Immigration and Citizenship Information - is the primary gateway for new immigrants to find basic information on how to settle in the United States. The website seeks to improve access to Federal Government information on the Internet by consolidating information into helpful categories and highlight new resources available to immigrants and the organizations that serve them.

24 Languages - Electronic access to over 200 health education brochures in 24 different languages.

Asian Language Materials Offered by the American Cancer Society – Pamphlets in Chinese, English, Korean, and Vietnamese.

Bilingual Posters and Brochures from the American Liver Foundation – Offers brochures on Hepatitis in Chinese, English, Hmong, Khmer, Korean, Spanish, Tagalog, and Vietnamese. 

Chinese Language Health Resources – Printouts in English and Chinese on HIV/AIDS, Asthma, Bone and Joint Care, Cancer, Children/Teen Health, Dental Health, Diabetes, Domestic Violence, Exercise, Eye Care, Foot Care, Heart Health, Hepatitis, Influenza, Injury and Prevention Safety, Kidney Disease, Medicaid/Medicare, Medication, Men’s Health, Mental Health, Nutrition, Senior Health, SARS, STDS, Substance Abuse, Tuberculosis, Vaccinations, and Women’s Health.

Consumer Health Information in Many Languages Resources – a huge list of websites that offer multilingual health information.

Emergency Multilingual Phrasebook - The Emergency Multilingual phrasebook, produced and updated by the British Red Cross Society with advice and funding from the Department of Health and endorsed by the British Association for Emergency Medicine (BAEM) is translated into 36 languages. It covers the most common medical questions and terms to help first contact staff communicate with patients who do not speak English and make an initial assessment while an interpreter is contacted. The languages covered are: Albanian, Amharic, Arabic, Bengali, Bosnian-Bosanski, Chinese, Czech, English, Farsi, French, German, Greek, Gujarati, Hindi, Hungarian, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Kurdish, Lingala, Macedonian, Pashto, Polish, Portuguese, Punjabi, Romanian, Russian, Slovak, Somali, Spanish, Swahili, Tamil, Turkish, Ukrainian, Urdu, Vietnamese, and Welsh.

Health Translations Directory - Offers general health information in many different languages.

Health Translations Today - This site has a lot of downloadable health-related booklets in Albanian, Amharic, Arabic, Armenian, Assyrian, Bari, Bosnian. Burmese, Cantonese, Chinese, Croatian, Czech, Dari, Dinka, Dutch, English, Farsi (Persian), Fijian, French, German, Greek, Hindi, Hungarian, Indonesian, Italian, Japanese, Khmer (Cambodian), Korean, Kurdish, Kurmanji, Lao, Latvian, Macedonian, Malay, Maltese, Mandarin, Maori, Nuer, Oromo, Pashtu, Polish, Portuguese, Punjabi, Romanian, Russian, Samoan, Serbian, Sinhalese, Somali, Sorani, Spanish, Tagalog (Filipino), Tamil, Tetum, Thai, Tigrinya, Tongan, Turkish, Ukrainian, Urdu, and Vietnamese.

Immunization Action Coalition - Vaccine information statements in Amharic, Arabic, Bengali, Bosnian, Burmese, Cambodian, Chinese, Croatian, English, Farsi, French, German, Haitian Creole, Hindi, Hmong, Ilokano, Italian, Japanese, Karen, Korean, Laotian, Marshallese, Polish, Portuguese, Punjabi, Romanian, Russian, Samoan, Serbo-Croatian, Somali, Spanish, Tagalog, Thai, Turkish, Urdu, and Vietnamese. 

Influenza information in Chinese, Spanish, Tagalog, and Vietnamese

Mayor's Office to Combat Domestic Violence – Offers brochures on domestic violence in
Arabic, Bengali, Chinese, English, French, Haitian, Hindi, Korean, Russian, Spanish, and Urdu.  Also offers printable posters in English and in Spanish.

U.S. National Library of Medicine's Multi-Cultural Health Information    

International Phone Directories

Free White Pages- Find international white pages and yellow pages phone books, and search online directory enquiries, in this free independent and up-to-date guide to telephone directories on the web.

International Yellow Pages

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