English Classes

The 2017 spring registration for new students is now closed!

ESOL: English for Speakers of Other Languages

Brooklyn Public Library (BPL) strives to increase access to services for multicultural individuals and families and diverse populations, including recent immigrants, and non-English speakers. 

BPL offers free ESOL classes for adults 17 and older.

 Students will:

  • Listen, speak, read and write English
  • Use English in everyday situations
  • Study vocabulary and grammar
  • Learn American civics and history
  • Learn English for workplace and job opportunities
  • Learn basic technology skills

To Join:

  • Students must register in person
  • Documentation is required (Please see Frequently Asked Questions)
  • An assessment/test is required
  • Registration schedules are on BPL’s website and at your local library branch
  • Registration schedules are on BPL’s website and at your local library branch

Please DO NOT bring children to registrations or to class!

Daytime, Evening and Weekend classes are available


For more details-click Frequently Asked Questions.

Resources for English Language Learners
Contact Us

For one-on-one assistance or questions about Adult Education Classes at BPL, call or visit one of our five Adult Literacy Learning Centers.

The ESOL program is supported by generous grants from the federal Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA), New York State Education Department, Office of Adult Career, Continuing Education Services, New York State Library's Adult Literacy Grant Services, and the offices of New York City Council Members.