Language Learning Databases
Everything you’ve ever wanted to know about the 175+ countries around the world. Useful for business travelers, tourists, and students. Topics for each country include society and culture, travel essentials, business culture, communications, traditions, and even includes recipes for ethnic dishes.
Presents a multi-faceted comprehensive method (video, audio, games, quizzes, etc) for learning conversational language skills, including grammar and culture lessons, with both online and downloadable learning options. Languages include: French, German, Italian, Spanish (Latin American), Chinese (Mandarin), Japanese, Korean, Hindi, Arabic, English (from Spanish), American Sign Language.
Conversation Circles & Other Groups
The Chelmsford Library, as well as other libraries in the area, offer informal groups for people learning languages. These do change over time, so please check our event calendar or contact the library in question for meeting times.
- Chelmsford Library – English, French, Chinese
- Memorial Hall Library, Andover – English. Contact Carolyn Fantini at 978-475-4602
- Groton Public Library – Spanish. Contact Judy Giger, firstname.lastname@example.org, 978-448-1167
- Nashua Public Library – Lithuanian, Chinese, French, Italian, Spanish. Contact Carol Eyman at (603) 589-4610 or email@example.com
Print, Audio, and Video Materials
- Books and Videos – Adult items are in the Language Learning section on the main level, at call number Language/400-499; Childrens books are in the Childrens Room at J/400-J/499. Common languages are located at:
- English: 420’s
- German: 430’s
- French: 440’s
- Italian: 450’s
- Spanish & Portuguese: 460’s
- Latin: 470’s
- Greek: 480’s
- Other European Languages: 491
- Arabic: 492
- Asian Languages: 495
- Audiobooks – Adult audiobooks are shelved alphabetically by language in the Language Learning section on the main level
- New Reader & Easy Reader Books – for learning/practicing English
- New Reader books are adult contemporary novels and classics rewritten at a beginner’s reading level. The call numbers start with NR/ and they are shelved together in the Language Learning section on the main level
- Great Illustrated Classics are also adult classics rewritten at a lower reading level. They are shelved alphabetically by the author’s last name in the Children’s Room
- Easy Reader books are children’s picture books designed to help build language and reading skills. The call numbers start with ER/ and they are shelved in the Easy Reader section of the Children’s Room
Additional Suggested Resources
American Sign Language/ASL
The resources below offer courses or other information on learning American Sign Language. These groups schedule their own courses, and may charge fees.
- Massachusetts Commission for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing – Selecting a Sign Language Class. They also have an answer to the question, If there is no class near my home, what should I do?
- The Learning Center for the Deaf
- Perkins School for the Blind
- The Children’s Center for Communication/Beverly School for the Deaf
- Chelmsford Adult Education
- Concord (MA) Community Education – routinely offers sign language classes (for a fee)
Languages and ESL
- Dudley Literacy Center at Boston Public Library – The Boston Public Library provides non-print and book collections, a computer lab, and a full range of programs designed to serve the adult literacy population
- ESL programs in Massachusetts, USA – Listing of Massachusetts ESL Schools and Programs, from the esldirectory.com website
- ESL Resources from the Andover Library – Links and contact information for ESL organizations and groups in the Merrimack Valley, maintained by the staff of the Memorial Hall Library in Andover
- ESL Program in the English Department at UMass Lowell – Contact information and online resources from UMass Lowell