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I am teaching English to Spanish speaking people (the classes are free). Do you have access to a good online course? I would like to leave a

I am teaching English to Spanish speaking people (the classes are free). Do you have access to a good online course? I would like to leave a website where the library can refer people for different levels of English classes.
I am teaching children (mostly 9 - 11)in one class and adults in another.
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Hello, 

Thanks for contacting us. I'm hopeful I can help you, but  I'm not sure I understand your sentence, "I would like to leave a website where the library can refer people for different levels of English classes"  Do you mean you want some links to library resources and vetted resources?

 If so, we do offer an online ESL course for Spanish speakers through our electronic database called Powerspeak. This is not a website, and does require a library card. Patrons new to the library can sign up online with a temporary card which is good for two weeks--then they will need to come in to get a permanent card. 

PowerSpeak can be found in our Research page under Education>>Learn a Language. 

Once logged in, you can search for Ingles [ESL] on the left side near the bottom of the list of languages.This resource is very robust   and interactive. I am not sure how difficult it might be for younger children, but why don't you experiment with it and see if it's appropriate.  The resource is freely available to library card holders.

Another resource is Gale Courses which have several online 6 week courses over the Internet with an online instructor. These are available to library card holders. Here is a preview of ESL course selections.  All of your students can sign up for the same class if they have a library card.

Other options, such as free websites can also be found on the language guide. These include, BBC languages and Live Mocha.

Other materials available from the library for children include:

Practice English by Listening

Practice English with DVDs

Practice English with Books

Practice English on the Computer with Powerspeak Languages

Finally, we have a few titles in our streaming and downloadable collections from  our Overdrive and hoopla products. These require a library card  but may be used remotely.

   Overdrive lets only one person borrow a title at a time and has an audiobook for instant immersion in English.

   Hoopla has a video on Mastering English for adult learners and allows unlimited number of viewers (they have 3 day check out, but can easily check out again).  Again these both require a library card to access.

Do you teach in Boulder? I'm happy to do some outreach and get your students set up for a library card so they can use these resources. However, if you find the free websites sufficient, I understand.

Thanks very much for contacting us. I've included the links to the guides and resources I've mentioned.

Best regards. 

Gina Scioscia
Digital Resources Manager 
sciosciag@boulderlibrary.org 

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