The library is a great place to learn about foreign languages, especially for those who want to discover the basics of a language on their own. Spokane Public Library also has many resources for people learning English as their second language.
Whether you want to learn a language for travel, business, or personal enrichment, our PowerSpeak Languages database contains highly engaging courses using progressive language learning methods. Languages include Spanish, French, Mandarin, German, and ESL for Spanish speakers. From outside the library, you will need a city resident library card.
The library also has books, sound recordings, and video recordings that will help you learn a foreign language. Books and sound recordings are both found in the 400s section of nonfiction.
When searching our catalog, try a Starts With...Subject search for the name of the language (i.e. French language) and then try some of the following subheadings:
Once you become more advanced, you can check out some of our books written in a foreign language, especially our larger collections of Spanish, Russian, and Vietnamese books. Another source is to look at books on the poetry of a particular foreign language, which often have side by side versions in English and the original language. We have many foreign movies, as well, where you can listen to the language spoken naturally.
The internet is a good source for free multimedia and interactive resources for learning a foreign language. The following are some recommended sites:
If you want to learn a foreign language locally, the Community Colleges of Spokane's continuing education courses offer inexpensive short-term courses. Of course, all the local colleges will offer regular language classes as well. Look in the phone book (paper or online) under Education, Languages or Translation for more commercial options.
Learning English can be a challenge, but Spokane Public Library has many resources to help.
Our PowerSpeak Languages database contains an "ESL for Spanish Speakers" module. From outside the library, you will need a city resident library card.
The library also has books, sound recordings, and video recordings that will help you learn English. Books and sound recordings are both found in the 400s section of nonfiction.
When searching our catalog, try a Starts With...Subject search for English Language with the following subheadings:
You can also find study guides for the TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) and other general grammar, reading, and writing books.
For suggestions on easy books to read, take a look at the book, Easy Information Resources for ESL, Adult Learners, & New Readers, which lists children's books that are interesting to adults.
The internet is a good source for free multimedia and interactive resources for learning English. The following are some recommended sites:
Spokane Community Colleges' Institute for Extended Learning has local classes in English for foreign language speakers.
The Fig Tree Community Resources Directory has a section for Immigration, Refugee, and Language programs in Spokane.
Eastern Washington University has an English Learning Institute that prepares students before they enter an American university.
More local resources can be found through America's Literacy Directory.