English Language Learning

Learn how the library can help you learn English and find other community programs available.

Learning English with Surrey Libraries

We have programs, online tools, and study materials to help.

Programs to Learn English

ESL Book Clubs - practice reading, speaking, and listening in English. Book clubs are free, fun, and friendly. Readers are welcome at any level from beginners to advanced.

ESL Conversation Circles - You can meet new people, play games, and practice your English in a fun and casual group setting.

Online Tools to Learn English

Clear Pronunciation - Learn to recognize and pronounce the 43 sounds of English. 
Learning Express - Practice tests and tutorial courses. TOEFL, GED, GMAT, GRE, LSAT, MCAT and a wide range of other subjects. 
Mango Languages - Learn English or other languages online! 
Road to IELTS - A practice resource for the IELTS exams.

Study Materials to Learn English

We have study materials for tests like IELTS and CELPIP. We also have books and kits for grammar, vocabulary, idioms and more.

Community Programs

English Classes at DIVERSEcity

604-547-1203     languageprograms@dcrs.ca
Offers a range of English classes in Surrey.  Currently offering online versions of their classes. This includes conversation circles, reading and writing classes, and LINC classes. Call or check their website for the latest classes.
Learn more about English Classes at DIVERSEcity.

English Classes at Mosaic

7134 King George Blvd, Surrey BC (get directions to the Mosaic Surrey Newcomers’ Centre & Migrant Worker’s Hub)
Variety of free and paid English classes.
Learn more about the English Classes at Mosaic.

English Classes at Options

Offers a wide range of social services including English classes to newcomers.
Learn more about ESL Classes at Options Community Services.

English Conversation Circle at Alex House

2916 McBride Avenue, Surrey BC (get directions to Alex House)
Free, online conversation group from newcomers.
Learn more about English Conversation Circle at Alex House.

English Conversation Programs at Surrey Recreation

604-501-5100 (register)
Free programs offered by Surrey Parks and Recreation.  For more information call or ask at your local recreation centre.
Learn more about English Conversation programs and newcomer information with the City of Surrey.

English Language Studies at KPU

12666 72nd Avenue, Surrey BC (get directions to Kwantlen Polytechnic University)
Prepares students for academic university courses.  Permanent residents and domestic students can apply for tuition free status. Some student fees apply.
Learn more about ESL Studies at Kwantlen Polytechnic University.

Surrey School District’s Literacy Foundations

Invergarry Adult Education: 12772 88 Avenue, Surrey BC (get directions to Invergarry Adult Education Centre)
For students (PR and Canadian citizens) wishing to attain their high school completion and whose first language is not English. Provides English instruction to prepare for academic courses. For adult students who need to upgrade skills for grade 10, 11 and 12 courses.
Learn more about Surrey School District’s Literacy Foundations.

Umoja Adult Literacy and Life Skills

208 - 14888 104 Avenue, Surrey BC (get directions to Umoja)
New arrivals to Canada and individuals who have been in Canada for years and want to take the first step in learning how to speak, read and write English are welcome. Life skills workshops. 
Learn more about Umoja Adult Literacy and Life Skills.

LINC – Language Instruction for Newcomers to Canada

Free English classes for permanent resident or a protected person, funded by the federal government.

The following do not qualify: Canadian citizens, temporary visitors, temporary foreign workers and refugee claimants who have not yet received a positive decision on their refugee status claim.

Apply at:
Surrey Language Assessment Centre: 408 – 7337 137th Street, Surrey BC (get directions to the Surrey Language Assessment Centre)
604-507-4150     Fax: 604-507-4155

Once you have been accepted you will also go here for an assessment test. After that the LINC classes are offered at a number of locations in Surrey and across the Lower Mainland and they will help you find the one closest to home.
Learn more about the LINC program.

Looking for services not covered here?

Please ask at your local library. We are here to help.

You can also call 211 for a free, confidential, multilingual information and referral line to a full range of community, social, and government services. Available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

If you would like further information or if you spot a change that is needed you can contact us.

Surrey Libraries does not endorse or promote particular resources or programs, and inclusion here does not imply the Library’s endorsement.