Free English Language Courses

Instructor: Leah Salyer
English language courses are sometimes free for students whose native language is not English. Read on to learn more about the types of free English language courses available and where to find them.

Free English as a Second Language Courses

English as a second language or ESL programs offer opportunities for those who do not speak English as a first language to not only learn the language, but also understand English culture and society. Many colleges and universities offer free courses to non-native English speakers.

City Colleges of Chicago

City Colleges of Chicago offers free ESL classes that cover basic language as well as advanced skills meant to prepare students for careers. The basic elements of the English language (grammar, reading, speaking, etc.) are integrated into each course. Supplemental classes in writing, career development and conversation are also open to students. This school offers citizenship courses for those who are preparing to take a citizenship exam as well.

Montgomery College - Maryland

Free basic classes are offered to ESL students at Montgomery College, though there is a charge for advanced courses. Students learn the basics of the English language as well as skills to help them function in society. Applicants to these classes take a test to determine which one meets their needs.

Durham Tech

Durham Tech offers free ESL courses to students who do not speak English as their first language. The school has several locations offering these courses and requires that the student be 18 or older to register. Students also need to take a placement exam.

Available Resources from

For extra practice outside of the classroom, consider online resources, like those offered through In addition to short text-based lessons that can help you hone language skills, like Games to Learn English, we offer complete courses full of fun video lessons taught by expert instructors. While the prep courses listed here are designed for students taking the Accuplacer ESL exams, they can also be used to strengthen English language comprehension in general.

Accuplacer ESL Listening Test: Practice and Study Guide

Accuplacer ESL Sentence Meaning Test: Practice and Study Guide

Accuplacer ESL Language Use Test: Practice and Study Guide

Accuplacer ESL Reading Skills Test: Practice and Study Guide

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