Language Learning

In-person learning

ESL, Literacy & Citizenship classes with Oakton Community College are offered at the library.

Click here to access the non-credit class catalog for Summer 2024

For more information, call 847.635.1426 or e-mail

Gale Courses

Online courses on a wide range of topics including technology, computer applications, accounting, law, web design, healthcare and personal enrichment. Foreign language courses for Spanish, French, Italian & Japanese are also offered. New classes begin every month and last for six weeks. To get started, create an account with your Des Plaines library card. Certificates of completion are available for some courses.

LOTE4Kids – Storytime in other languages

Digital books in 65+ languages with English translations. Languages include Spanish, Polish, Gujarati, Italian, French & Ukrainian. Listen & read along! Download the LOTE4Kids App


Mango Languages

Mango offers a variety of fun ways to help you learn another language, including English. A voice comparison feature compares your pronunciation to a native speaker’s. Use it on your computer or tablet or on your cellphone, by downloading the mobile app.



You'll find current newspapers and magazines in several languages, presented in full-page format with photographs, advertisements, crossword puzzles and cartoons. This is a great way to read international news or develop your skills with another language. To create an account, click on Sign in, then Library or Group & select DP Public Library.


Pronunciator is a fun way to learn any of 80 languages with self-directed lessons, live teachers, movies, music, and more. ESL courses are available for speakers of several languages. For adults and children. For children's courses, select a language & click on Learners Guides. Our subscription also includes free access to the Bluebird app!

Pronunciator Español

Pronunciator es una forma divertida de aprender cualquiera de los 87 idiomas con lecciones autodirigidas, profesores en vivo, películas, música y mucho más. Los cursos de inglés como segunda lengua están disponibles para hablantes de varios idiomas. Para adultos y niños. (Haga clic aquí para obtener más información.)

Shelf (The) - Streaming Service with content in Spanish & English

Movies & series in Spanish with English subtitles. Also includes English language movies. The first time you access The Shelf, please create a new account before you enter your library card number.

Udemy: presented by Gale - On-Demand Learning for In-Demand Skills

Thousands of online video courses covering business, technology (Office, Windows, coding, etc.,) Test Prep (GMAT, SAT, TOEFL, IT Certifications & more) as well as personal development & foreign language instruction. Courses are available in several languages including Spanish & Polish. You will need a Google or Microsoft account to create an account & sign in to Udemy. Watch Video To learn how to use the "Udemy for Business" app for iOS or Android click here