"English Can Be Fun!" is back - free summer ESL program for newcomer children

June 18, 2012 | Iana

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Please note: this program ran in the summer of 2012.

For similar programs, please visit the Leading to Reading webpage.



It is registration time again for the 2012 "English Can Be Fun"! This free summer ESL program is offered by select library branches in July 2012.  The program goal is to help children who are newcomers to Canada improve their English through learning activities and games.


  • A free program in July 2012 (July 3-31). Class size is limited and registration is required.
  • For newcomer children aged 7 to 10 who are newcomers to Canada.
  • Taught by professional, qualified ESL teachers.
  • Get help with reading and writing and learn to use the library.
  • Classes are three times a week in July at eleven library branches and one additional location all listed below.
  • Download English-can-be-fun-application (PDF) - this is the application for the program that you can complete and submit in person in one of the following libraries. Please register at only one library location.


  • English Can Be Fun 2012 library locations
  • For more information - call Answerline at 416-393-7131. If you have additional questions, please contact the "English Can Be Fun" coordinator at 416-395-5953.



The library is a great place for children to learn. Your local branch has books, CDs and DVDs to take home that can help children learn English. Ask staff to help you find what you need. There are also free computers just for children, movies, games and much more.


  • Hear-a-Story online - children can practice listening in English, as well as in French, Italian, Korean, Mandarin, Polish, Russian and Urdu.
  • Read-along Tumblebooks - a fantastic "TumbleBook Library" online collection of animated and talking picture books that can help children learn English - they can see the pages of the book and hear the story.
  • Dial-a-Story - children can listen to stories over the phone by dialling 416-395-5400, 24 hours. There are stories recorded in English as well is in thirteen other languages - French, Cantonese, Gujarati, Italian, Korean, Mandarin, Spanish, Polish, Portuguese, Russian, Somali, Tamil, and Urdu. Told by native speakers.
  • Leading to Reading program for children who are reading below their grade level in English or need help with their homework. It is open to children in Grades 2 to 6 who can communicate in English.
  • My Canada - online lessons and practice tests on Canadian history, geography, government and culture. Sign in with your Toronto public library card to use from home.


 English Can be Fun 2012 front page flyer English Can Be Fun 2012 flyer back page