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English for New Americans - Living Language Staff
Call Number: 2009
ISBN: 9781400006588
Publication Date: 2009-11-03
Basic English for Every Day in an Easy 1-2-3 Method   1. Watch the video 2. Use the workbook 3. Listen to the audio   This package includes:   3 hours of video on 3 DVDs3 hours of audio on 3 CDs1 workbook with complete lessons and audioscript  For Speakers of Any Language Learn the English you need for everyday situations!   Everyday Life: Introductions ● The Time and Date ● Asking for Directions ● Shopping for Food ● Finding an Apartment ● Opening a Bank Account ● Using the Telephone   Work and School: Finding a Job ● Enrolling a Child in School ● A Job Interview ● Adult Education ● Fist Day on the Job ● Getting a Driver's License and Buying a Car ● Becoming a Citizen   Health, Home, and Community: Going to the Doctor ● Going to the Pharmacy ● Cleaning the Home ● Alternative Medicine ● Reporting a Crime ● Getting Things Fixed ● Social Services

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ESL Demystified
ISBN: 9780071820776
Publication Date: 2013
Published November 2013. This easy-to-use guide from the popular DeMYSTiFieD series takes the mystery and menace out of understanding English by walking you step-by-step through the languages fundamentals.

ESL for Beginners: Lessons Guide with Activities - Stephanie Lerner
ISBN: 9781480022829
Publication Date: 2012
This guide, ESL for Beginners, is a simple, easy-to-follow, chronological set of lessons and activities with everything you need to instruct your students in the best practice methods of ESL/TEFL instruction. Maximize your time with students because now there's no more need for hours and hours of planning and researching your lessons- it's all here! Just review this curriculum guide before your lesson each day, prep the materials it provides, and TEACH! With this Volume I publication you will receive: a Recommendations Guide for ESL best practices, lesson plans for 1 month of daily ESL lessons, templates for vocabulary activities and grammar structures, dialogues for students to present, games, songs/chants, and short stories with comprehension questions. In addition, this guide comes with a diagnostic test that will take care of your assessment needs. It is an individually administered test that places the student into 1 of 3 ESL levels based on their responses- it also comes with a scoring key and guide.

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English for the Real World
ISBN: 9781598958164
Publication Date: 2007
Playaway - portable audiobook. One set of earphones and one AAA battery required for playback.

Teaches English the way you hear it on the streets, in restaurants, at the movies and at parties: it's the English of your friends and co-workers. Will help you: meet people and make friends. Speak with ease and confidence on the telephone. Succeed in job interviews. Get by at the airport, the bank, the post office - just about anywhere!

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ESL Beginner: English as a Second Language Made Easy!
ISBN: 9780878910830
Publication Date: 2003
The ESL-Beginner covers basic English grammar for those just learning the language. Topics include nouns and noun phrases, verbs simple sentences, compound sentences, and modifiers. Students enhance their speaking abilities through individual exercises, class discussions, and group projects that are both fun and effective learning devices.

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Easy Pronunciation
ISBN: 9781598958133
Publication Date: 2007
Playaway - Portable audiobook.
One set of earphones and one AAA battery required for playback.
Improve the pronunciation of American English quickly, easily, and effectively with the simplest and most practical program available, and gain a more natural level of communication.

Speak to Me Interactive English Learning System
Publication Date: 2008
DVD and Book

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Learning English [DVD] : steps 1-2-3
Call Number: DVD 428.24 Learning
For beginning ESL students, from middle school through adult learners. Ideal for those who are new to English, this set provides lots of practice in the basics of listening, reading, and writing.

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Word Town: Basic English Vocabulary (DVD)
Call Number: DVD 428.1 Word
Presents 400 commonly used vocabulary words found in a typical town. It is organized into 20 relevant scenes, such as house and school, emphasizing real-life situations. Students can see, hear, and read all the words necessary for communication.

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Intermediate English Grammar for ESL Learners
Publication Date: 2008
Take your English skills to the next level Continuing the success of the bestselling PracticeMakes Perfect series, Practice Makes Perfect IntermediateEnglish Grammar for ESL Learners embraces allaspects of English grammar that youneed to continue acquiring the language. More thanjust a guide to help you memorize English grammar,this practical, insightful book aids you inunderstanding how and why certain grammar elementsare used.

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Official Guide to the TOEFL Test - Educational Testing Service
ISBN: 9780071766586
Publication Date: 2012-08-08
Now expanded with a third actual TOEFL exam, this reliable guide includes 600 real questions for practice and information on what is expected for every speaking and writing task. A CD-ROM with three authentic TOEFL iBT practice tests is also part of the book.

Ready for Adult Phonics DVD
Call Number: DVD 428.40715 Ready 1
Helps teach adults how to read English using phonics.

Ready for Adult Phonics Level 2 DVD
Call Number: DVD 428.40715 Ready 2

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Conversation Pieces for Improving ESL Communication
Call Number: DVD 428.34 Conversation
Nine topical scenes contain everyday words related to common situations. Each is then repeated with a scrolling text/audio track for listening comprehension.

In English on your Own
Publication Date: 2003

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Resettlement resources at the library

Welcome to the United States a Guidebook for Refugees English
This newly-revised guidebook from the Cultural Orientation Resource Center was created to help refugees adjust to their new lives in the United States. Topics include:

Pre-arrival processing
Resettlement agency
Community services
Health care
Money management
Cultural adjustment
Rights and responsibilities of refugees

The Immigrant Guide What Every Immigrant Needs to Know : Practical Information for Living and Succeeding in the United States - Lee Shainis
"This guide explains cultural differences and important information about living and succeeding here [i.e. the United States] when doing things such as: applying for a job, renting an apartment, filing your taxes, selecting insurance plans, [and] helping your kids with school"

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The Refugee Hotel - Gabrile Stabile
ISBN: 9781936365623
Publication Date: 2012
Presents portraits of modern-day refugees on their way to becoming Americans, documenting their first night to their triumphs and struggles as they adjust to a new way of life.

Welcome to the United States: Refugee Guide to Resettlement Orientation Video (DVD) English
This DVD from the Cultural Orientation Resource Center was created to help refugees adjust to their new lives in the United States. Topics include:

Pre-arrival processing
Resettlement agency
Community services
Health care
Money management
Cultural adjustment
Rights and responsibilities of refugees

10 million to 1 : refugee resettlement : a how to guide - Jeffrey Kirk
ISBN: 9781452535876
Publication Date: 2011
Who are refugees? -- Resettling refugees -- Getting started -- Tasks and responsibilities -- Resettlement time line -- The system -- Communication -- Other lessons -- Refugee reactions and responses -- Friendship -- Maintaining & celebrating success -- Things you will discover.

A New Day; Be Who You Are
This DVD was created to assist refugees and refugee providers in learning about adjustment of refugee families and refugee youth to their new lives in the United States.

Topics include:

Family adjustment
School life
Home life
Learning English

Welcome to the U.S


These phrasebooks are designed to supply refugees with the appropriate English phrases and supplementary vocabulary for use in the daily activities of American life (rather than simply word-to-word translations, as in a dictionary). Phrases contained in the books have been selected for their directness, brevity and relevance to the needs of newly arrived residents of the United States. Among the nineteen units included are sections on "Giving Information About Yourself," "Recognizing Signs," "Dealing With Money," "Health," "Food," "Clothing," "Housing," and "Jobs."

English-Bosnian/Croatian/Serbian (7.3 MB)
*English-Chinese (Cantonese) (7.39 MB)
English-Czech (7.74 MB)
English-Farsi (2.06 MB)
English-Haitian Creole (6.77 MB)
English-Hmong (2.58 MB)
English-Hungarian (6.44 MB)
English-Khmer (2.40 MB)
English-Lao (2.41 MB)
English-Polish (6.84 MB)
English-Russian (7.34 MB)
English-Somali (3.37 MB)
English-Spanish (7.02 MB)

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Learning English

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English Made Easy Volume One : Learning English through Pictures
ISBN: 9780804837361
Publication Date: 2006
English Made Easy is a breakthrough in English language learning-imaginatively exploiting how pictures and text can work together to create understanding and help learners learn more productively. It gives learners easy access to the vocabulary, grammar and functions of English as it is actually used in a comprehensive range of social situations.

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English Made Easy Volume Two : Learning English through Pictures
ISBN: 9780804837453
Publication Date: 2006
Volume 2 consists of a total of 20 units arranged in groups of five. The first four units presents language and provide learners the opportunities to practice as they learn. The first page of each unit has a list of all the words and phrases to be learned in that unit, together with pronunciation guide. At the end of each unit, an interesting story which uses the language that has just been learned is presented. The fifth unit in each group contains exercises designed to reinforce the language learned in the first four units.

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Thematic Activities for Beginners in English - eBook
ISBN: 9781895451160
This reproducible book of ten thematically linked units is intended for learners who are just beginning to learn English. The idea behind the book is to ease learners into their new language through the use of illustrations and popular word games and activities. The ten units are: The Alphabet, The Human Body, In the Classroom, Clothing, Fruits and Vegetables, Verbs of Action, Animals, Nature, Transportation and Sports.

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Oxford Picture Dictionary High Beginning Workbook
ISBN: 9780194740449
Publication Date: 2009
A new edition of the popular picture dictionary, available in 13 bilingual editions that meet the language needs of young adult and adult students around the world.

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Begin in English Vocabulary-expanding Short Stories for Launched Beginners, Volume 3
ISBN: 9780943327167
Contains 14 easy & entertaining folktales, stories, & plays designed to expand vocabulary by teaching & using the student's bilingual dictionary. A controlled vocabulary list of 2,000 of the most frequently used words in English & the use of a dictionary makes this a practical approach when the teacher does not speak the student's native language.

In your language, at the library

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Community Help

  • Learn English - Conversational Classes
    Monday through Friday at Yates Community Center. 3260 Davenport St, Omaha. Arabic, Burmese, Dzongkha, Karen, Maay Maay, Nepalese, Spanish, Somali
  • Worldwide Community of Resettled Refugees
    Share your story, find your friends, be a voice
  • Lutheran Family Services
    Lutheran Immigration Services offers quality, affordable immigration legal assistance to refugees, immigrants and asylees. They will assist in the entire process from completing the necessary application to representation at Citizenship and Immigration Services (CIS) interviews.

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