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Adult Basic Education

What is the Adult Basic Education Collection?

A small but growing collection of books, DVDs, CDs, and newspapers for adult English learners and teachers.

Where is the Adult Basic Education Collection?

We are located in the Bellingham Public Library, Central Library, 210 Central Avenue, Bellingham, Washington. The collection is located on the main floor near the Teen Space.

The collection is available during library hours.

What is in the collection?

Stories and nonfiction, written for all levels of adult English learners, in a variety of subjects and formats:

How can I find these titles in the library catalog?

When you search the library catalog you will find materials in both the Bellingham Public Library and also in the Whatcom County Library System. If you find a title that is not in the Bellingham Public Library, or is checked out, you can place a hold on it and it will be sent to the library branch you normally visit.

Free Online Resources to Learn English

Mango Languages
Available free to library card holders, in the library, in a class or from home

Mango is an online language learning system that teaches real conversation skills for practical communication. Mango makes learning English fun through engaging interactive lessons. You can learn anywhere you have an internet connection.

Seventeen English courses are taught in the user's native language including Spanish, Russian, Vietnamese, and Chinese.

Basic ESL - Learn English Online

Basic ESL improves an individual's listening, speaking, reading and writing skills through a simple to follow, and instructionally proven curriculum.
Students learn English quickly and effectively on relevant topics including: family, home, school and many other topics. In each lesson students learn key vocabulary and how to use that vocabulary in conversation.
No computer experience is necessary. Click on "Instant Access" to enter without registering.

U.S.A. Learns

U.S.A. Learns is an online site for adults to improve their English speaking, pronunciation, listening, reading, spelling, writing and grammar. You can watch interesting videos and complete educational activities.

U.S.A. Learns is an outgrowth of a project that was conceived by the U.S. Department of Education.

GCF Learn Free

The Goodwill Community Foundation offers an online English as a Second Language program to help students practice their English vocabulary. It is not a complete, start-to-finish English course. Instead you can learn new words, and practice reading, listening, and increasing reading comprehension. No registration is required.

Learning Express
Available free to library card holders, in the library, in class or from home

The Adult Learning Center on Learning Express allows you to learn English skills online. You can improve your writing, speaking and grammar skills, and become a better reader. You can also study and practice for the U.S. Citizenship exam.

Free Community Resources to Learn English

Whatcom Literacy Council
3028 Lindbergh Ave., Building A, Bellingham
(on Bellingham Technical College campus)

The Literacy Council helps adults in Whatcom County improve their literacy skills and learn English. Adult learners acquire critical skills needed to become more self-sufficient.

The Literacy Council offers free, confidential, customized one-on-one tutoring for adults in reading, writing and speaking English. Additionally they offer small group classes focusing on reading, writing, speaking, and civics for students learning English. Talk Time sessions are offered to concentrate on conversational English.

Goodwill Job Training and Education Center
1115 E. Sunset Drive, Bellingham

Goodwill has a new and expanded Job Training and Education Center. They offer English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) classes at both basic and intermediate levels. They are available for people who want to develop basic English literacy or improve their English language skills.

Classes are held two to four days a week and can range from one-and-a-half to two hours. Computer labs are open at specific times for students who want to come in and use a computer program called Rosetta Stone to work independently on their English skills.

In addition Goodwill offers classes in computer skills, acquiring a GED, preparation for the Citizenship exam, and job training skills.

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