ESL Resources

All participants will receive a free library card with a photo ID and current address.  With a library card, you can use Mango (see below), an online language learning software and borrow ESL workbooks, CDs, and picture dictionaries to practice at home.  We also have a growing collection of Spanish and Portuguese books and movies.

English Conversation Circles / Círculos gratis Conversación de Ingles / Grátis Circulos Conversa em Ingles

English Conversation Circles

Marlborough Public Library offers free English Conversation Circles, no testing or registration needed — just show up!  All participants are encouraged to speak and practice English.  We’ll talk about current events, your interests, food, restaurants and what’s happening in Marlborough.

Free English Conversation Circles
All Levels

Mondays: 1:30-3 p.m.
Tuesdays: 10 a.m.-12 p.m.
Wednesdays: 1:30-3 p.m.
Thursdays: 6:30-7:20 p.m.
Fridays: 1 p.m.
Saturdays: 10 a.m.

No Registration Required 

Círculos Gratis Conversación de Ingles
Todos los liveles

Los lunes: 13:30
Los martes:10:00
Los miercoles: 13:30
Los jueves: 18:30-19:30
Los viernes: 13:30
Los Sábados: 10:00

No es necesario Registrarse

Grátis Circulos Conversa em Ingles
Todos os liveis

Segundas-feiras: 13:30
Tercas feiras: 10:00
Quarta-feira: 13:30
 Quintas-feiras 18:30
Sexta-feira: 13:00
Sábados: 10:00

Sem necessidade de registro

English Language Learners' Collection

The English Language Learners’ Collection provides a basis for people learning to read, write or speak English. You can find books, tapes and CDs on pronunciation, grammar, idioms and more. Some of the most popular materials in the collection are:

Picture Dictionaries

These books show pictures of objects, professions, and places and label them with both English words and words in another language. There are English/Arabic, English/Chinese, English/Brazilian Portuguese, English/Russian, English/Spanish picture dictionaries in this collection.

Pimsleur Language Programs

Pimsleur produces CD sets for people who speak another language primarily and who want to speak English. The instructions and vocabulary are given in that language and in English in an accompanying booklet. Most sets include Beginner, Intermediate and Advanced levels. Marlborough Public Library has English for Cantonese Speakers, English for Mandarin Speakers, English for Brazilian Portuguese Speakers, English for Russian Speakers and English for Spanish Speakers.

Workbooks for Practice

These workbooks – English Conversation, English Grammar, Advanced English Grammar, English Sentence Builder – give you a chance to try out different situations where you might use English. English Conversations may be especially useful since it provides examples of when and how to uses phrases and words that may be otherwise unfamiliar to you. Each has plenty of exercises to help you practice.

This collection should be of maximum use to you. If you’d like to see more of a particular topic, or if you know of a resource that is missing, please let the library staff know.

Metrowest English Language Learners Programs / Programas de ESL en Metrowest / Programas ESL da Metrowest

There are many ELL programs you can attend around the area. Please select the right language below for a chart of many options:
ESL classes in Metrowest (English)
Programas de ESL en MetroWest (Spanish)
Programas ESL da Metrowest (Portuguese)
Mango Language Software

Practice and Learn English at Your Own Pace

Aside from the conversation circles, Mango Languages is an online language learning software that is easy to use, which can help you learn and practice your English. “This program uses real-life situations and practical conversations to teach a new language.”* You will only two things to get started:

  1. An internet-connected computer or device with audio capability
  2. A valid library card

Get started online by following this link and clicking “Sign Up Now.” Or please stop by the library for a pamphlet and ask a Reference Librarian for help getting started.
*Source: Mango brochure