Improve Your English

Your library can help you learn English and improve your English language skills for study, work or everyday conversations.

Road to IELTS

IELTS stands for International English Language Testing System. It is a test to measure your proficiency in English, if it is not your first language. Road to IELTS is an online program that can help you prepare for IELTS and do well. It's not only helpful for taking the IELTS test, but also for enhancing your English language skills in general.

It's free to use for library members. All you need is the barcode from your library card to get started.

With Road to IELTS you can:

  • Practice IELTS listening tasks under timed conditions
  • Watch sample videos of speaking tests that show you helpful tips
  • Develop techniques and vocabulary for writing tasks 1 and 2
  • Work on real texts for the reading text, simulating the exam
  • Develop vocabulary in areas commonly used in the IELTS exam.

You can use Road to IELTS at home, on library computers (don't forget your headphones) or on your mobile.

There are two courses to choose from: General Training or Academic.

You can also download the Road to IELTS app from the Apple Store or Google Play.

Clear Pronunciation

ClarityEnglish brings us several educational programs for improving your English. In these courses, learn to recognise and pronounce sounds of English through audio, video and interactive activities.

With this program you can:

  • Work with each sound in isolation, in words, sentences and in authentic texts.
  • Choose between Australian, British and North American pronunciation models, while being able to listen to a range of non-native accents
  • Watch videos, work with audio clips
  • Record and listen to your own voice

There are two courses to choose from: Clear Pronunciation 1 and Clear Pronunciation 2

Practical Writing

Practical Writing is for anyone who need to used written English in their studies or personal life. Whether writing an email or messaging a friend, this program helps them structure their writing.

With this program you can:

  • Complete interactive activities: exercises, quizzes, tests and writing assignments.
  • Learn how to write essays
  • Find out how to avoid plagiarism
  • Watch teacher videos explaining the objectives of the unit
  • Gain skills in picking the right vocabulary and choosing writing styles

Access the course for free here: Practical Writing

Library Resources

The library's collection includes graded readers, kits and special English language materials to help with spelling, punctuation and grammar. Please ask our staff if you need help finding these resources.

Language Services

Wollongong City Council has Language Services on offer. This includes translations,

Language help

If you need to contact the library in a language other than English, please see Wollongong City Council's Language Services page. This page includes details for state and national interpreter services, and Language Aides who may be able to help during Council business hours at Wollongong Library.