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Burke County Literacy Council

300 North Green Street Suite 204
Morganton, NC 28655
(828) 437-7477
website: www.burkeliteracy.org

Free and confidential small group or individual tutored sessions in English-as-a-Second Language (ESL), Adult Basic Education (ABE), and Immigration and Naturalization.




English-language Learning Web Sites


Activities for ESL

website: a4esl.org

Activities to learn English.


BBC Learn a Language

website: bbc.co.uk/languages

English is one of many languages available to learn online.


GCF Learn Free

website: www.gcflearnfree.org

Computer and life skills tutorials, videos, and online courses available in English and Spanish plus a link to learn how to read English.


USA Learns

website: www.usalearns.org

Learn English to improve basic reading, writing, speaking, and life skills.




Citizenship Information on the Web


USCIS Citizenship Resource Center

Website: USCIS Citizenship Resource Center

A web-based resource to help immigrants, educators and immigrant-serving organizations.

Want to Learn English? How about work on your reading skills?
The Library has just updated and expanded the collection of ESL and Literacy books, CDs, and DVDs.Check them out for free through your Library!

Resources Available

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Learn English | Work on your Reading/Writing Skills | Dictionary and Vocabulary Help
Easy Readers | Computer Help | GED Study Aids | Math and Finance Help
Citizenship Information: Books and Websites | Local Resources | Websites | Library Information




Books, CDs, and DVDs to Help You Learn English


Laubach way to English Series

Laubach Way to English is for ESL students who donít read or write in their native language and need to learn English.
How to use it: Start with Skill Book 1 and work your way up. Use the corresponding Illustrations Books for extra help on each level.
Available at: Morganton Public Libraryv


101 American English idioms

This book helps you understand the weird phrases and words that Americans use.
How to use: Just look through it to learn, or look up a particular word or phrase you heard.
Available at: Morganton Public Library


Learning English Steps 1-2-3 (DVDs)

A set of 9 DVDs that help you learn English! Includes vocabulary, conversations, and grammar. (11 hours of instruction time!)
How to use: Play the DVDs from start to finish on your DVD player (or your computer if it has a DVD player on it!).
Available at: Morganton Public Library


Curso Completo Ingles Para Latinos

A great book to help those who speak and read Spanish learn English. The book uses conversations and practice to teach you!
How to use: Start with unit one in the book and work your way through!
Available at: Morganton Public Library


Easy English (CD series)

A set of 3 CDs that help you learn English! For people of any language who want to learn English!
How to use: Play the CDs on your computer, in your car, wherever! Start with CD #1 and use the book to follow along.
Available at: Morganton Public Library


Easy Pronunciation (CD Series)

Know English but think you are saying some of the words wrong? Do you have a strong accent you want to get rid of? Try this set of 6 CDs that help you work on your English Pronunciation!
How to use: Play the CDs on your computer, in your car, wherever! Start with CD #1 and use the book to follow along.
Available at: Morganton Public Library




Books to Help You Work on Reading and Writing Skills


Laubach way to Reading Series

The Laubach way to Reading Series is made for adults who have had trouble learning to read with other products. It walks you through learning to read and write.
How to use: Start with the Reading Skills Book 1 and work your way up to Book 4. Additional items, like extra stories to read for each level, are available at the Morganton Library.
Available at: The Reading Skills Books are available at the Morganton Library, Valdese Library, and C.B. Hildebrand Library. Extra readers are available at the Morganton Library only.


Challenger series:

The Challenger Series has eight levels to guide adult learners from beginning reading through to preparing for the GED. Challenger uses fiction and nonfiction stories that are relevant to adults to teach skills and vocabulary.
How to use: Start with Book 1 and work your way up! There are teachers guides as well for answers and more help.
Available at: Morganton Library, Valdese Public Library




Dictionary and Vocabulary Help


Oxford Picture Dictionary

These Dictionaries use pictures and words to help define the words. We have copies in English only and in English and Spanish.
How to use: Look up words as you need them, or just look through to learn new words.
Available at: Morganton Library, Valdese Library, C.B. Hildebrand Library


101 American English idioms

This book helps you understand the weird phrases and words that Americans use.
How to use: Just look through it to learn, or look up a particular word or phrase you heard.
Available at: Morganton Public Library


Using a Dictionary Series

This book teaches you how to use a dictionary more easily!
How to use: Choose which reading level is best for you and use that book to work on your dictionary skills.
Available at: Morganton Public Library




Easy Readers


Easy Readers can be found scattered through our collection, with more at the Literacy Council




Computers


Out and About in the World of Computers

Learn how to use a computer, in English that is easy to understand for beginners!
How to use: Work the way through the books from the beginning, or just study the sections you need.
Available at: Morganton Library, Valdese Library, C.B. Hildebrand Library


Other Books on Basic Computer Skills Can be found in the Adult NonFiction Collection in the 005-007 call number area.




GED Study Help


Visual Literacy Series

Three separate Books to help you understand and translate charts, graphs, table, diagrams, maps, cartoons, and more.
How to use: Work the way through the books from the beginning, or just study the sections you need.
Available at: Morganton Library


Filling out Forms

This book shows you how to fill out forms.
How to use: Work the way through the books from the beginning, or just study the sections you need.
Available at: Morganton Library


The Pre-GED Series (DVD Series)

A set of 11 DVDs that break down the skills you need to pass the GED into easy to understand English. Itís a great place to start when you are working toward the test. (19 hours of instruction time!)
How to use: Play the DVDs from start to finish on your DVD player (or your computer if it has a DVD player on it!).
Available at: Morganton Public Library




Math and Finance Help Books


Mathematics for New Speakers of English

A book to help with math vocabulary, English usage, and understanding basic math.
How to use: Work the way through the book from the beginning, or just study the sections you need.
Available at: Morganton Library, Valdese Library, C.B. Hildebrand Library


Visual Literacy Series

Three separate Books to help you understand and translate charts, graphs, table, diagrams, maps, cartoons, and more.
How to use: Work the way through the books from the beginning, or just study the sections you need.
Available at: Morganton Library


Control Your Money

A quick and easy guide to manage your money for adults.
How to use: Work the way through the books from the beginning, or just study the sections you need.
Available at: Morganton Library


Filling out Forms

This book shows you how to fill out forms.
How to use: Work the way through the books from the beginning, or just study the sections you need.
Available at: Morganton Library




Citizenship Books


Citizenship: Passing the Test

A three book set to help study for the literacy and citizenship tests.
How to use: Start with the Civics and Literacy Student Book, then use the Literacy Skills Workbook, and finally the Ready for the Interview Book.
Available at: Morganton Library, Valdese Library, C.B. Hildebrand Library


Filling out Forms

This book shows you how to fill out forms.
How to use: Work the way through the books from the beginning, or just study the sections you need.
Available at: Morganton Library