English Language Learning Resources


COVID-19 Resources (Burnaby/ELL Specific)


Burnaby Coronavirus - Burnaby Primary Care Networks official COVID-19 page. Information on Burnaby's response strategy, satellite testing and treatment centre, and other items to help local residents deal with the pandemic.
English - Arabic - Chinese - Tagalog


Wegotchu (Simon Fraser University) One-stop resource center and FAQ specifically designed to support young people under 30 in navigating their health and social needs during COVID-19.


The COVID-19 Health Literacy Project - Translated accessible COVID-19 information into 30+ different languages to help all patients know when, and how, to seek care. Materials are created in collaboration with Harvard Health Publishing. "All of our materials are reviewed and vetted by physicians and medical school faculty members at the Harvard hospitals."


Burnaby Public Library Collections


Libby & Library2Go (Overdrive)

Download e-book or audiobook titles to read or listen to on a home computer, e-reader or mobile device. This collection has lots of new titles and is available to Burnaby residents only. Once you download the Libby app, Libby will guide you through the setup process and introduce you to all the new features, including access to Burnaby Public Libraries’ entire Overdrive collection. The best part?  It’s all free and there are no late fees! 

All you need is a library card linked to a Burnaby address, an internet connection, and a compatible device.  Libby is available for Android, iOS (iPhone/iPad/iPod touch), and Windows 10. 
Download the Libby app by Overdrive: i
OS | Android
Visit BPL's Teen Collection @ Overdrive: https://burnaby.overdrive.com/library/teens
Access: With a Burnaby Public Library card.


Cloud Library

A collection of Graphic Novels, eBooks, classic literature, National Geographic videos, educator resources and audiobooks, perfect for middle school and high school students. It features adjustable online text and complete audio narration. Sentences are highlighted as they are being read and the pages turn automatically. These read along books are great for reluctant readers and also help ESL students develop language skills. Get unlimited access to this fantastic collection today!
Access: With a Burnaby Public Library card.



A platform offering over 6,000 downloadable audiobooks (formerly the OneClickdigital collection) and over 400 magazines (formerly the Zinio collection). Download titles to a mobile device using the RBdigital app, or stream on your computer. Create an RBdigital account first before downloading the app, and get support from their website.
Access: With a Burnaby Public Library card.


ISSofBC Services​

One on one services

  • First language Information and orientation provision to immigrants and refugees with settlement needs such as application information on MSP, PR card renewal, EI information, CERB, Citizenship requirements etc.  Languages of service include: Arabic, Dari, Farsi, Mandarin, Hindi, Punjabi, Russian, French, Serbo-Croatian and English.

  • Providing Seniors Social support calls by phone or WhatsApp to isolated Arabic and Dari speaking seniors

  • Check in calls to current clients on staff case load.

  • Online Tech mentoring in 1st language for those with technology challenges currently offered in Arabic and English

  • English Conversation Circles online for clients to practice English and connect to others.  

  • Services are provided by phone, smart phone and Zoom

For English language mentoring, social mentoring or tech mentoring please email fatoumata.niane@issbc.org or call the office at 604-395-8000

Office phone hours are 9am to 4:30pm Monday to Friday, www.issbc.org


BPL eLearning

Mango Languages

Interactive online language courses available from home and on your mobile device. Mango focuses on everyday, common conversations to enhance vocabulary, pronunciation, grammar and cultural understanding. Choose from among 72 languages, plus ESL courses for speakers of more than 15 different languages. Download our Mango Languages getting started guide [PDF]. Mango Languages can be accessed on a mobile device -- see our Mobile and Apps section for details.

Access: With a Burnaby Public Library card.


Over 3,500 video courses on software development, business, design, photography and more. Certificates of completion available. (Note: Lynda.com can accommodate 150 users at a time. If you're turned away, try again in a little while.)

  • MakerSpace: Tutorials include 3D printing, audio/video editing, using a green screen and more.

  • Photography: lyndaLibrary offers close to 600 photography courses for all skill levels and all aspects including Photoshop, iPhoto and Lightroom, as well as courses on how to fine tune your camera or taking pictures in low light.

  • Computer coding: computer programming and scripting languages for those interested in learning how to code.

Access: With a Burnaby Public Library card.


Tense Buster

Tense Buster courses are designed for English language learners at five levels, from beginner to advanced. Includes presentations, exercises, tests and tips to help students improve their reading, writing, listening, speaking, vocabulary and grammar skills. Students learn how to ask questions, make comparisons, and report on what they've heard, in addition to learning how to describe past, present and future events.

Access: In the library and at home with your library card. Limited to three concurrent users.


Road to IELTS

Road to IELTS is a comprehensive online preparation course developed by the British Council. The program includes more than 300 interactive activities with instant feedback, plus video tutorials and mock papers. Suitable for English language learners preparing for the IELTS exam, or simply interested in practicing their reading, writing, listening and speaking skills.
Access: With a Burnaby Public Library card. Limited to three concurrent users.


Digital Learning Essentials Tip:


Remote Learning/Video Conferencing - This handy comparison table gives a complete overview of remote learning tools at a single glance. Compare Key functions, screen sharing, max. attendees, max. duration, compatibility across Zoom, Google meet, Facebook, Youtube, and Microsoft Teams.

Resources for English Language Learning (ELL) Teens



Vocabulary and Grammar


Esl Cyber Listening Lab - This site contains a series of English vocabulary exercises designed to be completed in 20 minutes. Each lesson includes listen and repeat audio, a quiz and a follow-up activity.

Easy Vocabulary Quizzes with Pictures: This site offers interactive vocabulary quizzes that ask students to match nouns, verbs and adjectives with pictures.


ELC Study Zone: ELC Study Zone is part of the University of Victoria English Language Centre. The site offers vocabulary lists and exercises categorized into subjects including Canadian coins, furniture, and kitchen utensils.


Rong Chang: This site is a comprehensive resource for ESL students, presenting test preparation guides, vocabulary lists and games, verb usage and more.


TalkEnglish.com: This site offers a number of listening exercises categorized by beginner, intermediate and advanced skill levels. Each lesson includes a quiz, and students have the option of viewing the dialogue while listening.


BBC’s Learning English

The BBC provides a roundup of common topics that frustrate non-native English speakers, including lots of tips about vocabulary. Available (bottom right corner) in Afaan Oromoo, Amharic, Brazilian Portuguese, Gujarati, Korean, Tigrinya, Thai and more!



Writing Resources

English as a Second Language: Jumbled Sentence Exercises: This site allows ESL students to test their word knowledge by rearranging the given words to form a sentence.

English as a Second Language: Dictation Exercises for English Learners: On this page, ESL students can practice their English comprehension by listening to spoken sentences and typing what they hear.

English as a Second Language: Sentence Structure Writing Practice
: This site allows students to test their English comprehension and writing skill by rearranging words to form sentences. Students must not only rearrange the words, but also use proper capitalization and punctuation.



Apps and Video Resources

Offers videos for all English levels, with enough varied content to engage and interest students from all walks of life and professions. The best feature about ESLvideo.com is that the content is posted by teachers, for teachers and students. It’s like an ESL video resource co-op. The videos are sorted into five levels from beginner to advanced, but not by topics or content categories. This has its benefits and pitfalls, but it still offers useful video material created by teachers around the world. It also offers video quizzes by teachers and a quiz creator tool, so you can easily make your own video-based quizzes

Many people all over the world use Duolingo for independent language instruction, and you can definitely use it for ELL teaching as well. The English learning version of Duolingo has lessons that integrate conversation, vocabulary, speaking and listening skills. At the end of each section, the user is tested on their skills, and then the results show what parts the user is excelling in and where they could use more practice.
 Duolingo on the Appstore
Android: Duolingo on Google Play

Speak English!
In this unique app, the user listens to recordings of English speakers talking about a span of topics – like job interviews or customer service. After listening to it as many times as they’d like, the user then records themselves repeating the phrase. Finally, the user then gets to audibly compare his or her voice to that of the recording. Speak English! is a really helpful app for getting students to learn and practice enunciation.
Speak English! on the AppStore
Android: Speak English! on Google Play

Words with Friends
This game is not only good for encouraging word formation. Words With Friends is the fun, free social word game where your word building skills are tested. Players can challenge their friends in word games too.
Words With Friends on the AppStore
Android: Words With Friends on Google Play



Be Curious, Be Creative, Be Conscious

Poetry Foundation’s Poetry Tool

Find poems by category, title, first line or occasion and look up poets by name, time period or geograghic area. Listen to audio podcasts of poems and lectures. Mainly American in content and limited in international coverage.


Vancouver Writer’s Festival: Youth Writing Contest (DEADLINE: May 29 2020)
Annual youth writing contest is open to all students enrolled in grades 8-12 in British Columbia. Contestants can submit either fiction or non-fiction short stories. Participation is FREE.


National Film Board

The National Film Board of Canada’s online Screening Room features more than 3,000 films that you can stream for free or downloaded for your personal use for a small fee.

Career Cruising

This interactive career guidance site includes a "career matchmaker" skills assessment tool, occupational profiles and an extensive listing of post-secondary academic and training programs.

Access: In the library or at home with your library card.


Google Arts and Culture 

Tours of 500 of the World’s Most Famous Museums including MOMA, the Met, Palace of Versailles, National Gallery of London and many more.


Virtual Concerts

 As more festivals, performances and concerts are canceled due to the coronavirus shutdown, musicians of all kinds are taking to social and streaming platforms to play live for their fans.

A list put together by NPR or live audio and video streams from around the world, categorized by date and genre.


Do Yoga with Me

Free virtual yoga classes for all different levels.


Use Canva’s free and easy drag-and-drop feature and layouts to quickly design and share email headers, social media posts, logos, and website graphics. You can cut out the middleman and publish your designs directly to Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, LinkedIn, and more.