- English Reading Hour
- English Conversation Hour
- Additional ESL/ELL Resources
- Recorded Programs
- ESL/ELL Booklists
Improve your English! Practice English reading and speaking with other learners. Read poems and short stories with others and talk about them.
Second Monday of the Month from 4-5 p.m.
August 9, September 13, October 11, November 8, December 13
A free weekly conversation session for adult English language learners. Strategies for "small talk" and getting-to-know-you activities, as well as games and structured practice to activate vocabulary and language skills, are offered in a relaxed and supportive environment. Everyone is welcome!
Tuesdays from 4-5 p.m.
August 3, 10, 17, 24, 31;
September 7, 14, 21, 28
"Participating in the English Reading Hour and in the English Conversation Hour at the Milwaukee Public Library from the Dominican Republic has been a great thing for me. It helped me finish my English program successfully and I had a lot of fun in every meeting. Take advantage of this great opportunity!" - Nelida
"I love to join Milwaukee Public Library's English Conversation Hour. Librarians are super enthusiastic and super cheerful. They teach us a lot of vocabulary and answer a lot of questions. I feel more confident when talking to other people. It helped me a lot. I am able to speak better, understand better and I can share my stories with everyone. The program is also very relaxed and fun with our self-designed stories and quizzes. Thank you very much!" - Van Trang
"Attending English Conversation Hour makes me happy. I learn new words and improve my pronunciation. The guys that teach us are very friendly and patient! We meet people from all over the world!" - Polina
"One of the good things from the terrible 2020 was the time I spent practicing the English language with some other English Language Learners. The virtual meeting was like a refuge for me. In this class I practice my English and I have been noticing improvements in my knowledge of the language. We talk about our weekend recaps, food, festivities, the famous passive voice, and then have open discussion which opens up more learning. The classes are all very nice. There is no way to forget the English expressions and phrasal verbs presented to us in the English Conversation Hour. I feel really thankful because of the job the librarians have done for us." - Lidia
MPL offers additional resources for English as a Second Language (ESL) and English Language Learners (ELL). Central’s Adult Study Center has various materials to improve one’s English. This material is available for specific ESL/ELL languages as well as general ESL/ELL. Many of the branch libraries in the MPL system also offer ESL/ELL materials.
MPL subscribes to Mango Languages, Pronunciator, and Transparent Languages electronic resources. These subscription sites offer language-specific ESL modules in many different languages. In addition Learning Express offers practice tests for ESL tests, and the Gale Courses database has a number of ESL courses.
ESL/ELL Virtual Office Hours
Need additional help learning English? Have questions about English conversation? Email us at LibraryRefugeeCommittee@milwaukee.gov to set up a day and time to work virtually with a trained ESL MPL Librarian.
ESL/ELL Pen Pal
Want to practice writing English with a native speaker? Try our ESL/ELL Pen Pal program! An MPL librarian will correspond with you through email to practice writing and reading comprehension. For more information or to get started email us at LibraryRefugeeCommittee@milwaukee.gov.
For more information on the services we provide including partnerships please contact the Refugee and Immigrant Services Committee:
(414) 286-0816 - Phone number for Refugee and Immigrant Services Chair Eric Johnson
Explore Our Booklists:
by Madeleine L’Engle
Meg Murry and her friends become involved with unearthly strangers and search for Meg's father, who has disappeared while engaged in secret work for the government.
by Rudolfo A. Anaya
Ultima, one who cures with magic, comes to Antonio’s New Mexico family when he is six years old; she helps him discover himself in the magic of the pagan past.
by Agatha Christie
Ten strangers, each with a secret, are gathered on an island by a mysterious host. One by one, they die, and before the weekend is out, there will be none.
by Emily X.R. Pan
After her mother's suicide, grief-stricken Leigh Sanders travels to Taiwan to stay with grandparents she never met, determined to find her mother who she believes turned into a bird.
by E B White
When he discovers that he is destined to be someone's dinner, Wilbur the pig is desolate until his spider friend Charlotte decides to help him.
by F Scott Fitzgerald
Gatsby---young, handsome, and rich---always seems alone in the crowd, watching and waiting. An obsession that can never be fulfilled soon will force his world to unravel.
by Anjali Sachdeva
A haunting, diverse debut story collection that explores the isolation we experience in the face of the mysterious, often dangerous forces that shape our lives.View on CountyCat
by L M Montgomery
In small town, post-World War Oregon, twenty-one 6th grade girls recount the story of an annual softball game, during which one girl's bigotry comes to the surface.
by Jhumpa Lahiri
In nine stories imbued with the sensual details of Indian culture, Lahiri charts the emotional journeys of characters seeking love beyond the barriers of nations and generations.
by Lemony Snicket
After the sudden death of their parents, the three Baudelaire children must depend on each other; their distant relative who is appointed their guardian is determined to get their fortune.