English Language Learners

Wondering about how to learn English? EPL has programs and collections to help you master the English language.


The Edmonton Public Library offers free programs to help you learn and practice English.

  • Practise English @ Your Library: Practise your English language skills, meet new friends and have some fun in a casual and comfortable setting.
  • English Language Conversation Circles (LACE)
  • Story and activity programs for children: These include programs of interest to everyone.
  • Youth Talk: Teens can practice their communications skills and gain familiarity with Canadian society and culture in this conversation-based program designed for newcomer youth.
  • ELL Library Tours: Ask for a tour of your local library to find out about the many things the library can offer you.


Our collections include:

  • TOEFL, IELTS and TOEIC guidebooks
  • Dual Languages Resources
  • Books, CDs and DVDs about English grammar, pronunciation, spelling and vocabulary
  • Family Language Learning Kits (kits include bilingual stories and puppets - more details below)
  • Bilingual picture dictionaries
  • Read-along books and CD sets
  • Easy reading books for adults and children

Family Language Kits

Family Language Kits are designed to help newcomer families break down language and cultural barriers by promoting reading, language development and library use.

How do Family Language Kits help?

  • Family Language Kits help families read together and learn to use libraries
  • The kits are fun for parents and children to use together
  • They help parents who want to know how to learn English
  • Reading together helps prepare children for school

What's inside a Family Language Kit?

Each Family Language Kit contains a variety of print and non-print materials selected to encourage children and caregivers to learn English together. By providing dual-language (home language plus English) materials, we enable families to learn English together.


  • 1 Teach Me English CD/Book Set
  • 1 dual language picture dictionary
  • 4 dual language picture books
  • 2 puppets

What languages are available?

Family Language Kits are available in many languages. Check our collection to see what we have and to place a hold on a kit.

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