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English Language Learning: Getting Started

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


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.

Go Grad offers a guidebook for prospective graduate students to help plan and prepare for the TOEFL

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
Duke University Libraries
233 Perkins Library
Phone: 919-660-5927