We hope you will enjoy reading this page. Do come back often as we will let you know which books are new in our Learning English collection and which databases may be of use to you.
One way of being involved in the library is to pass your feedback on to us. You can also fill in a yellow card at the library (ask a librarian for one if you do not see one) and suggest a book, CD or DVD that you think would be good to have in our collection. (Or, if you prefer, you can also suggest a book online.)
Social English sessions
Improve your social English. Come to our free sessions. Chat and improve your English conversation skills with other learners. It's informal and fun!
When and where?
Every Monday morning at Kilbirnie library from 11am -12 noon
Every Wednesday morning at Newtown library from 11am - 12 noon
English Learners group on the first Monday of each month at Karori library from 11am - 12 noon
Our staff will help you find books and CDs to help you learn English. You can also meet other learners and practice your English conversation.
All sessions are free!
Also Churton Park Community Centre hosts weekly Social English sessions during term time only, every Friday from 10am - 12 noon, gold coin donation.
New Learning English Books!
Searching the Catalogue
To find Learning English books in our Easyfind catalogue, click on Advanced Search and under 'Call number', type in 'Learning English'. Once you've done this, you can then limit your search by typing in the subject area of what you are looking for, e.g. vocabulary.
If you need a librarian to show you how to do a search, we are here to help!
What can I do if the book I want is out?
Learning English material is very popular and often what you want will already be on loan. You can reserve it using the catalogue. A small charge may apply.
About the collection
In the Central Library, the Learning English collection is located on the first floor next to the Returned Today shelves at the north end.
The Learning English collections have books, CDs and CD-ROMs. The collection is divided into three levels of ability. Each level is colour coded - yellow for beginners, blue for intermediate and purple for advanced.
Some of the subjects covered include:
- Grammar, vocabulary, spelling, mathematics, reading and writing
- Pronunciation, speaking, listening and communicating in English
- Studying for English examinations such as IELTS and TOEFL
- Day to day life in New Zealand - for example, using the telephone.
The collection also contains books or books and CD sets for leisure reading. These books are available both in fiction and non-fiction from beginner to advanced levels.
How long can I take items out for?
Learning English books are issued for three weeks and kits are issued for four weeks. All Learning English materials is issued free of charge.
We have a number of online databases for learning languages, including English. These can all be found on our Language Databases page, but spotlighted below are some key databases for learners of English:
Road to IELTS
Road to IELTS is an online preparation and practice resource for IELTS, the International English Language Testing System. There are two modules available:
LanguageNut is a fun way to learn different languages for kids and adults. There are songs, stories and games for each language so you'll soon be adding to your vocabulary.
Mango is an online language learning system that teaches real conversation skills for practical communication
- New Zealand Now
- Migrant Community Library Guide
Our Migrant Community Library Guide has library information translated into different languages.
- English Language Schools in New Zealand
This site has information for international students who would like to study or learn English in New Zealand at a language school.
- IELTS (International English Language Testing System)
The IELTS is designed to assess the language ability of students who need to study or work where English is the principal language of communication.
Sites for learning English:
- ESL News
NZ news, spoken slowly and clearly, using easy vocabulary. You can read and listen at the same time, just listen then read and listen again.
- Your English Online
New Zealand based English language site. Practical, work related vocabulary quizzes in General English, Work English, Technical English, Hotel English, Business English, Jobs Search English and Academic English.
- BBC Learning English
- British Council - Learn English
- English at Home
- English Club
- Using English
We can arrange tours of the Central Library and Learning English collection for tutors with groups of adult literacy or ESOL students. Please contact Celia on 801 4072 or email email@example.com to book or for more information.
If you have any feedback about this page or would like to suggest a resource, we'd love to hear from you! You can contact us on firstname.lastname@example.org.
Please also ask for assistance from any staff member at any time. We're always pleased to help.