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English as a Second Language


MPL offers resources for English as a Second Language (ESL) learners. Central’s Adult Study Center has various materials to improve one’s English. This material is available for specific ESL languages as well as general ESL. Many of the branch libraries in the MPL system also offer ESL material.

The Gale Courses database has a number of ESL courses within its Language and Arts category. In addition, MPL subscribes to the Mango Languages, Pronunciator, and Transparent Languages electronic resources. These subscription sites offer basic ESL instruction and language-specific ESL modules.

Adult drop-in tutoring is available at select locations for people to improve their English reading and writing skills.



Milwaukee Public Library offers Drop-In Tutoring for adult learners. Tutors are available to help with literacy skills, such as reading, writing, math and studying for tests, including the GED. Tutoring is free and no appointment is needed--it is on a first come basis. This service is available at the Central Library and select branches. Locations, days and times vary.