Celebrate ESL Month this August with Charlotte Mecklenburg Library

Celebrate ESL Month this August and learn a new language with resources from the Library.

Have you thought about learning a new language? Do you want to improve your language skills? Maybe you haven’t practiced your Spanish in years, or you hope to visit France some day and want to learn basic French before you go. August is English as a Second Language (ESL) Month at Charlotte Mecklenburg Library and we have several resources to help you reach your goals from home – or wherever your internet connection takes you. All of these are free with a Library card. 

Access Video for Kids

The Just for Kids Collection gives children — and their parents — a thoroughly kid-safe, advertisement-free media platform they can freely explore and enjoy. Just for Kids has the educational videos children want to watch, plus songs, games, and other interactives that are sure to entertain, educate, and inspire young patrons. Plus, this streaming collection is ideal for librarians hosting a video storytelling hour activities for preschoolers and early learners, an after-school or ESL/ELL program, homework help, or resources for homeschoolers that they can access anywhere, anytime. 


Transparent Language

Provides a fun, effective, and engaging experience for learners of all levels looking to build their listening, speaking, reading, and writing skills in a foreign language. With over 110 languages to choose from, including English for speakers of over 30 languages, there is something for every learner. Transparent Language Online combines robust courses, supplemental vocabulary, extensive grammar resources, and mobile apps for a complete language-learning experience.


International Newsstream

New content from more than 600 of the world's top newspapers in a variety of languages.



An award-winning video streaming service providing access to more than 30,000 independent and documentary films ─  titles of unique social and cultural value from The Criterion Collection, The Great Courses, Media Education Foundation, and thousands of independent filmmakers. Enjoy their selections of titles in various world languages as well.


The Library’s resources are free to use with your Library card or ONE Access ID. If you don’t have a card, you can apply for one here. So, what are you waiting for? ¡Si puedo comenzar hoy! - that means I can get started today! 


This blog was written by Darrell Anderson, marketing and communications specialist for Charlotte Mecklenburg Library.