Libraries ACT has a range of services including Bilingual Story Times, books, DVDs, and CDs in different languages, English learning resources, and English conversation groups.
Bilingual picture books can be found in each branch. Other language books for children can be found in the different language collections.
Bilingual Story Times celebrate and share the languages and cultures that make Canberra so rich and diverse. These sessions are for everyone, both for families who speak languages other than English, and for those who speak only English and want to expose their children to other languages and cultures.
The International Digital Children’s Library has many children’s books from other countries, cultures and languages in digital format.
We host friendly and informal English conversation groups at our branches. Bookings are not required and it’s free – so just turn up!
Important update: The Monday Gungahlin English conversation class from 10am-12pm is cancelled until further notice. Please continue to check this website for updates.
|Monday||10am - 11.30am||Woden|
|Tuesday||10.15am - 12.15pm||Woden (run by SAWs)|
|Wednesday||10.30am - 12.30pm||Tuggeranong (run by SAWs)|
For free online practice tests and more information about TOEFL (Test Of English as a Foreign Language) and IELTS (International English Language Testing System), visit the Exam English website.
Library members can also access Mango Languages online courses for free. These interactive courses, in over 70 languages including English, teach you practical grammar, vocabulary, pronunciation and cultural skills.
You can access a range of different courses including:
- Mango Basic courses which teach skills for simple conversation
- Mango Complete 2.0 Courses which provide in-depth, comprehensive language skills
Want to learn English?
Mango Languages can also help you learn English through lessons in your native language. Languages include: Arabic (Egyptian), Arabic (Modern Standard), Armenian, Armenian, Bengali, Chinese (Contonese), Chinese (Mandarin), French, German, Greek (Modern), Haitian Creole, Hmong, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Polish, Portuguese (Brazilian), Russian, Somali, Spanish (Latin American), Turkish, Vietnamese
Browse our list of resources available in your language, and where to find them.
Contact the Translation and Interpreting Service (TIS) by phoning 131 450 for help with translation.