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Last Updated: May 4, 2015 URL: Print Guide RSS Updates

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Books and Online Library Resources

Books on learning English available from Duke University Libraries.
Online ESL Resources offered by Duke University Libraries (Duke users only)


TOEFL Practice Tests (Duke only)

LearningExpressLibrary offers TOEFL iBT practice tests for listening, reading, speaking, and writing.  Use TOEFL in the search box to find a number of tests.

You will need to create an account on the homepage.  This allows you access to your tests.

Suggested Resources

  • EmbedPlus: How to Pronounce Words and Use Them
    earch for a word and you'll not only get audio of how to pronounce it, but also tagged videos of real people in real situations naturally speaking and using the word in context.
  • Englishleap
    Englishleap offers lots of free resources for learning English online.It also offers free English speaking with the help of interactive voice record features.


Welcome to the Duke University Libraries English Language Learning guide!  This guide offers a selection of resources for helping non-native speakers improve their English.

(Special thanks to Jacob Vaccaro for his contributions to this guide as part of his field experience work with the Duke Libraries, 2010-2011.)


Software: Transparent Language Online

Transparent Language Online is an online language instruction program offered by the Duke Libraries (Duke users only). It features audio flashcards for practicing a number of languages, including English. 


Featured Websites

VOA Classroom Interactive English lessons from the Voice of America broadcasting service.

Itunes U Language Courses Language instruction podcasts, including ESL courses (requires itunes). Interesting Things for ESL Students A collection of tools and activities for ESL learners, updated frequently.

English Club Lessons, quizzes, and other activities and resources for learners of English.

WordReference English Forum A very active forum where English speakers answer questions and offer language advice.

ExamFocus offers free TOEFL online practive exams.


Campus and Community Resources

Information on learning English from Duke's International House.

ESL/EFL information from Duke's Writing Studio.

The Language Labs at Duke's Center for Instructional Technology.

ESL classes at Durham Technical Community College.

Beginner to Intermediate ESL classes from the Durham Literacy Center.

Your Librarian

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Linda Daniel
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233 Perkins Library
(919) 660-5927
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Subject Librarian for China

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Luo Zhou
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Office: Bostock 229
Tel: 919-660-5803
Office hour: Friday 1-3pm @ Bostock 229 or send me an email to set up a consultation.
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