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Translation – Explanation and Caution

The electronic translation service on Surrey Libraries' website is hosted by Google Translate. The quality of the translation may vary in some of the languages offered by Google. The goal of the basic translation is to capture the general intention of the original English material.

Surrey Libraries cannot guarantee the quality, accuracy, or completeness of any translated information.  Before you act on translated information, we encourage you to confirm any facts that are important to you and the decisions you make.

The City of Surrey offers interpretation services at all its facilities. If you have a question about the material you read on the Surrey Libraries website, we encourage you to contact Surrey Libraries to discuss it.  You can also contact the City of Surrey at 604-591-4011 to receive interpretation support.

Chinese, Korean, Punjabi, Tagalog, Hindi

ESL Resources

ESL Library Databases (library card required)

Learning Express — Comprehensive database of practice tests and tutorial courses. Includes job search skills, computer skills (Microsoft Excel, Word, Powerpoint, Outlook, Visio, Adobe...), TOEFL, GED, GMAT, GRE, LSAT, MCAT, as well as professional exams, and exams for elementary-high school students. New users will need to register for a free account. Need more information?

Mango Languages — Learn English as a Second Language online! Click 'Start Learning' to begin or create a profile to track your progress. Need more information?

Road to IELTS — A practice resource for IELTS. Track your progress on practice exams and use more than 100 hours of interactive activities including advice, hints and tips on question types. Up to 5 users at a time.

ESL Materials at Surrey Libraries

Most of our libraries have ESL or ELT (English Language Training) materials such as TOEFL, IELTS, grammar, vocabulary, dictionaries, short novels, and books on CD to help with pronunciation and audio kits to help with reading and listening comprehension.

We also have other materials and services that will help you with your English skills:

  • Dual-language junior books that have both English and another language such as Punjabi, Chinese and other languages. See which library branches have books in world languages.
  • Newspapers for English learners such as Canadian Immigrant and Westcoast Reader.
  • Family ESL Kits — available in Korean & Chinese. These kits contain a variety of bilingual materials for adults to share with young children to help make learning English fun, while supporting families to value and use their home language.
  • Learning Together Workbooks — This workbook, in English and your home language, includes many activities relating to a successful start to Kindergarten.

English Learning Websites

ELSA — ELSA is basic English training for adult newcomers to Canada and is funded by the government. It is free for students. See this site for the directory of ESL courses in BC.

Exam Eglish — Free online practice tests for IELTS, TOEFL, TOEIC and the Cambridge English exams.

International English Language Testing System — Website for this English language assessment system used at many academic institutions.

Language Portal of Canada — Website that showcases Canadian expertise in the area of language. It informs readers about Canadian resources that deal with different aspects of language.

Language Proficiency Index (LPI) — Website providing information on the LPI, used by most post-secondary institutions and professional organizations to assess skills in English.

ManyThings — Fun study site for ESL students including word games, puzzles, slang, proverbs and more.

TOEFL — Test of English as a Foreign Language official site.

WelcomeBC — For newcomers to Canada, from the B.C. Government.