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English Language & Literacy

Learn English, at your own pace.
Aprende inglés a tu propio ritmo.
Aprenda inglês, ao seu próprio ritmo.
bartaan Ingiriisi, at xawaaraha aad rabtid.

تعلم اللغة الإنجليزية، في وتيرة الخاصة ب
Apprendre l’anglais, à votre rythme.

At Portland Public Library we promote adult literacy and English Language Learning by offering print, audio, and digital resources to insure non-native speakers have access to the English Language. We also offer three tutoring tables in the reference area for students and tutors to use. You can reserve a table by calling Reference at 207-871-1700 x725.

Mango Languages

Mango Languages


Mango Languages
 offers  complete English courses taught in over 15  languages. Mango is a practical, interactive program, focused on conversation skills, so you’ll start speaking after just one lesson.


Mango Premier logo Lights. Camera. Language.
Try this new Mango product — the first and only language and culture learning system that teaches through feature films now available from Portland Public Library.

Use Mango on a computer or download the iPhone or Android app. Set up your free account with your email address, library barcode, and a password.

LearningExpress Library

LearningExpress LibraryLearning Express Library has an Adult Learning Center where you can improve your writing, English speaking and grammar, become a better reader, and prepare for your citizenship exam.
LearningExpress Library offers two complete sets of online practice exams that use the official TOEIC format, content, and timing. The Test of English for International Communication (TOEIC) is a global standardized test for English skills in the workplace, used by more than 9,000 companies, government agencies, and English language learning programs.
Users must register to use the test. Registration is free.

LearningExpress Library: recursos para hispanohablantes

Recursos para hispanohablantes para mejorar las habilidades de lectura, escritura y matemáticas, prepararse para el examen de equivalencia de la preparatoria (GED) y estudiar para el examen TOEFL. Disponible con tu tarjeta de la Biblioteca Pública de Portland.


The official Web site for finding out where and when TOEFL tests are being offered. Associated fees, test advice, and study material suggestions are provided, as well as sample topics for both the TOEFL and the Test of Spoken English (TSE).

USA Learns

USA Learns is a free website that helps adults learn English online. This website teaches English by providing engaging videos and educational activities. Learners have the opportunity to learn English independently or with the support of their teacher. Practice English speaking, listening, vocabulary, pronunciation, reading, spelling, writing and grammar.

Voice of America: Learning English

Learning English is VOA’s multimedia source of news and information for millions of English learners worldwide. Audio programs and captioned videos are written using vocabulary at the intermediate and upper-beginner level. Programs are read one-third slower than normal English speed. Online texts, MP3s and podcasts let people read, listen and learn American English and much more.

Other useful links:

Dave’s ESL Cafe

EL Civics for ESL Students

English as a Second Language

ESL Resources and Handouts for Students and Teachers

Many Things

Literacy Classes & Tutoring in Portland

HHELP (Hope House English Language Program)
14 Sherman Street, Portland, Maine 04101

In Her Presence
Phone: 207-347-9891

Learning Works
181 Brackett St, Portland, ME 04102

Portland Adult Ed
14 Locust St, Portland, ME 04101

70 Forest Avenue, Portland, ME 04101

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