English as a Second Language (ESL): Self-Instruction

Author: Ms. Ellen Graf of the Boston Public Library’s Literacy Learning Center

In response to inquiries from the Albanian community and others about sources of English language self-instruction materials other than books (Advisory ED501), The Frosina Foundation is pleased to make the following information available:

Most people learning to speak a new language want to hear the words spoken as well as to see them written on the page. Public libraries,especially in larger cities such as Boston, New York, Philadelphia, Detroit, Chicago, Cleveland, etc., usually have a Literacy Resource Center (LRC) where English instruction audiocassette/book packages are available. Most of these materials are designed for beginners and are not intended for speakers of a particular foreign language.

This is an especially effective way for new Albanian arrivals to the USA to learn basic English at their own pace since English expressions on cassettes can be conveniently repeated until complete pronounciation and comprehension are attained! Listed below are the names of only a few of many audiocassette/book packages that are generally available for loan purposes from public libraries:


From the Start: Beginning Listening
by Jann Huizenga and Tracey Forrest. Longman, 1987
Simple listening tasks for the very beginner introduces numbers, money and the alphabet.

May I Help You? Learning How to Interact with the Public
by Heide Spruck Wrigley. Addison-Wesley, 1987
A vocational program which stresses language used to communicate with customers in hotels, restaurants, stores, and repair shops.

Whadaya Say? Guided Practice in Relaxed Spoken English
by Nina Weinstein. Prentice-Hall, 1982
A book/cassette set that focuses on the informal English that students are most likely to encounter in the “real” world outside the classroom.

Pronunciation Pairs: An Introductory Course for Students of English
by Ann Baker and Sharon Goldstein. Cambridge University Press, 1990 Designed to teach students to recognize and to reproduce English sounds It also helps them to differentiate between sounds they might often confuse.

Listen and Say it Right: When to Use Formal and Everyday English 
by Nina Weinstein. National Textbook Co., 1992
A basic Listening & Conversation program designed to teach High Beginning and Intermediate students.

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