College of the Siskiyous

English as a Second Language (ESL)

The COS Library helps students succeed in their classes in many ways, such as free computer use, textbooks, and research help. For students interested in improving their English as a Second Language (ESL) skills, the Library offers:

Hello in multiple languages
  • Mango Languages
  • Books
  • Ebooks
  • CDs
  • Interactive DVDs

Mango Languages

Mango is an interactive online language learning program that is free for COS students. ESL programs are available in the following languages:

  • Arabic (Egyptian)
  • Arabic (MSA)
  • Armenian
  • Bengali
  • Chinese (Cantonese)
  • Chinese (Mandarin)
  • French
  • German
  • Greek
  • Haitian Creole
  • Hmong
  • Italian
  • Japanese
  • Korean
  • Polish
  • Portuguese (Brazil)
  • Russian
  • Somali
  • Spanish (Latin American)
  • Turkish
  • Vietnamese

To use Mango, visit the Library's Articles and Databases page. You will need your mySiskiyous username and password to log in from off-campus.

For more information, take a look at our Mango handout or ask Library staff.

Books and Ebooks

To find books on learning English, look in the library catalog. The library catalog is the search box on the library's home page. Video tutorials showing how to search the catalog are on our Research Help page.

Ebooks are books that COS students can read for free online. They can be found using the library catalog or you can search each collection individually by visiting the "Ebook" section of the library's Articles and Databases page. The ebook collections that will be most helpful are Ebook Central and EBSCO eBook Collection.

Please contact library staff if you would like any help searching for books or ebooks.

CDs and Interactive DVDs

The Library has audio CDs and interactive DVDs that teach English to native Spanish and native Laotian speakers.

Other Help on Campus

The Academic Success Center (ASC) offers free one-on-one tutoring. While they do not offer formal ESL tutoring, staff is available to help you with writing assignments, as well as in math and other subjects. For more information, please call them at (530) 938-5830 or visit the ASC web page.

Other Help in Siskiyou County

In addition to what campus has to offer, here are some other sources for ESL information and help in Siskiyou County.

  • The Siskiyou County Library also has ESL books and materials. Visit the County Library web site to find the public library branch nearest you.
  • The Siskiyou County Library Literacy Program offers free one-on-one ESL help. Visit the Literacy Program web site or call (530) 842-8804 for more information.
  • Siskiyou County's Adult Education Pathways offers ESL services. Visit the Adult Education Pathways web site or call (530) 842-8446 for more information.

Contact the Library

College of the Siskiyous Library
800 College Avenue
Weed, CA 96094
Email: library@siskiyous.edu
Phone: (530) 938-5331
Fax: (530) 938-5226