Start learning another language online in your own time, or improve your English if it is not your first language. There are also links to online resources in other languages.
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English as a second language (ESL)
Road to IELTS*
Looking to improve your English skills for everyday use or work?
Road to IELTS is a preparation and practice course aimed at International English Language Test System (IELTS) candidates, but it is also useful for those preparing for other higher level English language exams.
Road to IELTS will allow you to:
- practice IELTS listening tasks under timed conditions
- view sample videos of speaking tests, highlighting good practice
- develop techniques and vocabulary for writing
- work on authentic texts for the reading test, simulating the real exam
- develop vocabulary in areas commonly used in the IELTS exam
You can use Road to IELTS in the library (with headphones), or at home by logging in with your library card barcode.
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Wanting to improve your English speaking skills and vocabulary? Or heading overseas and want to learn a bit of the local language before you go?
Duolingo is a free online language learning platform, with gamified elements to make language learning more fun and effective.
You can use Duolingo on your computer by accessing the Duolingo website, or you can use Duolingo on the go by downloading the app.
Apps Available for Apple, Android and Windows devices
English as a second language
There are a few courses online dedicated to helping users learn English. Visit the site and see if your native language is supported.
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Languages: Spanish, French, German, Italian, Portuguese, Dutch, Swedish, Irish, Russian, Turkish, Danish, Norwegian, Esperanto, Polish, Ukrainian, Welsh, Vietnamese, Hungarian, Hebrew, Greek
Languages other than English (LOTE)
RB Digital Magazines*
A selection of magazines found in the RB Digital Magazines eMagazine collection are available in languages other than English.
Languages Afrikaans, Chinese, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Spanish
International Children's Digital Library
Need access to children's books written in languages other than English?
The International Children's Digital Library has a growing collection of titles covering various languages and is freely available to children, teachers, librarians, parents, and scholars.
A fundamental principle of the International Children's Digital Library Foundation is that children and their families deserve to have access to the books of their culture, as well as the majority culture, regardless of where they live. Their goal is to build a collection of books that represents outstanding historical and contemporary books from throughout the world. Ultimately, the Foundation aspires to have every culture and language represented so that every child can know and appreciate the riches of children's literature from the world community.
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Foreign language eBooks
Head to our eBooks section if you're after eBooks written in languages other than English.