Languages and Learning
- English Language Learner (ELL) - This multi-purpose information resource is designed for middle/high school students and those who are new to the English language. ELL Reference Center will help users succeed academically and in everyday life by providing assistance as they conduct research, build their background knowledge and develop study skills.
- Pronunciator - An on-line language learning program free of charge to WPL card holders. With 80 languages to choose from and ESL courses in 50 languages, Pronunciator is focused on quickly building conversational skills through a combination of interactive on-line drills, scored quizzes, and down-loadable audio lessons and phrasebooks. Each language course has a minimum of 1,500 phrases to learn, and most have 10,000 phrases. If you’re on-the-go, Pronunciator offers free apps for iPhones, iPads and Android phones and tablets. The apps have the same functionality as the web-based version of Pronunciator.
- Tutor.com - Tutor.com provides live online help for all age students needing assistance with homework. When the tutors are not available, students have access to their resource library. This program also provides career and resume help. Get an app for your iPhone or iPod to be able to connect anywhere. For more information, call the Reference desk at 817.514.5865.
- Learning Express Library - Learning Express Library provides access to over 350 practice tests including SAT, GED, ASVAB, TAKS, AP and U.S. Citizenship. There is a section for Spanish speakers that includes reading, writing, math and GED preparation. It also includes practice tests for civil service and vocational career certification. Your Watauga Public Library card is your passport to this interactive test preparation and practice resource.
- Tumblereadables - This is an on-line collection of read-along titles for elementary, middle school, and high school students which features adjustable on-line text and complete audio narration. Sentences are highlighted as they are being read and the pages turn automatically. The collection features chapter books, early readers, YA/Teen Novels, high interest/low level books for both middle school and high school students, plus classics of American and English literature.
- Read-Alongs are great for emergent, struggling, and reluctant readers, as well as being an excellent tool for ESL. They are also well received by strong and accomplished readers who are excited to follow along to the narration of their favorite books. Children, who are now growing up with e-mail, instant messaging, IPods, and text messaging are early and willing adopters to this innovative on-line reading experience.
- USA Learns - A free site for immigrants and other adults wanting to learn English and improve basic reading, writing, speaking and life skills.
- U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services - Learn about applying for citizenship, find resources for studying for the test, and more! This site is maintained by U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services.