English as a Second Language (ESL) resources

1. Programs

Learning English Through Storytime (LETS)

Learning English Through Storytime is taking a break, however please consider the ABCD English program held nearby, run by the City of Canning Libraries.


ESL reading circle

Is English your second language? Do you want to practice your reading and speaking skills in a fun and informal way?

Join Opalina for a welcoming and encouraging conversation and reading circle. Meet others, practice your English, and learn a little about Australia along the way.

The details 

The reading circle meets on Wednesday afternoons during the school term period.

Get involved 

No booking required. For more information you can call the library on (08) 9373 5500.

2. LOTE collections

To view and reserve items in the below collections go to the library catalogue and click advanced search to choose your preferred language.

English as a Second Language (ESL)

The library has a dedicated ESL collection for ESL learners and teachers including IELTS textbooks and study guides, conversational and phrase books, instructional DVDs, bilingual books, and easy-to-read fiction titles.

Foreign language

The library’s foreign language collection contains both fiction and non-fiction books written in languages other than English. Languages include: Arabic, Chinese, Croatian/Serbian, Farsi, French, Hindi, Indonesian, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Polish, Punjabi, Spanish, Thai, and Vietnamese. 

Junior language collections

Are you originally from somewhere other than Australia? Do you want to pass on your original language to your children? Or do your children know your original language but need to improve their English language skills?

The library’s junior English as a second language and foreign language collections contain language books and resources appropriate for babies, toddlers and pre-schoolers.

We have books in:

  • Arabic
  • Bengali
  • Chinese
  • Croatian
  • Dutch
  • Farsi
  • Finnish
  • French
  • German
  • Greek
  • Hebrew
  • Hindi
  • Hungarian
  • Indonesian
  • Italian
  • Japanese
  • Korean
  • Mandarin
  • Noongar
  • Polish
  • Portuguese
  • Punjabi
  • Romanian
  • Russian
  • Somali
  • Spanish
  • Swedish
  • Tagalog
  • Thai
  • Turkish
  • Ukrainian
  • Urdu
  • Vietnamese

If there is a language you don’t see on this list that you think we should have, please let us know. 

3. Online resources

Universal Class

Learn something new with Universal class. Universal class has more than 500 courses available, and all are designed and led by professional instructors to build deeper understanding and mastery of subject matter.
Whether for professional or personal development everyone can benefit from these free online courses.

To access Universal Class: Connect via the website.

To create a Universal Class account: Register with your Victoria Park Library card number and sign in.

Course examples:

  • Basic English Speaking skills
  • ESL Basic Grammar
  • ESL Basic Writing skills

For help contact the Help desk via your Account Options. 


Transparent Language Learning

Want to learn a new language? Try Transparent Language Online (TLO). TLO is a powerful and personalised language-learning system that you can use to learn a variety of languages.

To access TLO: Connect via the website.

To create a TLO account: Sign up as a Victoria Park Library member with your membership card number and sign in.

To learn on a computer: Learn languages online from your web browser. (Read the user guide for step-by-step instructions.)

To learn on a device: Connect to the TLO website from your web browser to access the username and mobile password listed in the ‘Go Mobile’ section of your TLO user homepage. Download and install the Transparent Language App to your device, then login to the App using your username and mobile password. (Read the user guide for step-by-step instructions.)

For help, troubleshooting and FAQs, visit the TLO website


Libby eMagazines

Libby provides WA State Library and Public Libraries members with access to a range of full-colour, interactive, digital magazines delivered right to your desktop or favourite device. Magazines are available on Libby are in the following languages: Afrikaans, Chinese, English, French, German, Italian, Japanese, and Spanish. 

Click here to read more about this resource.


eBooks and eAudio books

WA Public Library and State Library members can borrow and read or download thousands of eBooks and eAudiobooks via Libby/Overdrive and BorrowBox in languages other than English. To see languages available on these platform choose Advanced Search and then locate the Languages option.

Click here to read more about these resources.