Spring Cycle: April 10 - June 24, 2023

Class Registration: March 27 - April 8, 2023. Attend an ESOL Information Session via Zoom to learn more about programs and services to begin the enrollment process. Fill out the form below.

BPL Adult Learning's ESOL Program offers Workplace, English, and Job Skills programs to provide opportunities for adult ESOL students to improve their English language skills and work toward gainful employment in the American workplace. Participants must attend a registration and orientation session to learn about the programs, possible career options, and take an in-person assessment. 

Interested in these programs? 

Fill out this form, and you wil receive information about upcoming classes and updates to orientation and registration dates. 

CLASS TYPES: We offer 4 types of classes. 

Beginner ESOL - English for life, work, and the community. To learn to read, speak, write in English. This class is recommended for beginner non-native speakers who want to learn English. Classes meet twice a week at a community library near you. 

Integrated English Literacy and Civics Education (IELCE) - This program serves English language learners who are adults, including professionals with degrees and credentials in their native countries. The classes cover four instructional elements: English language, civics, workforce preparation, and workforce training. This class is recommended for intermediate/advanced learners want to improve their English and earn a nationally recognized certification. Classes meet three days a week at a community library near you.

                  IELCE Vocational Certification Pathways:

                           Health - Earn a Medical Billing or Medical Assisting certification 

                           Culinary - Earn a ServSafe Food Handler certification

                           Technology - Earn a IC3 certification

Business English - Develop the fluency, accuracy, and communication skills you need to work confidently in the English speaking business world. Focus on improving your English proficiency in core skill areas such as reading, writing, speaking, and listening as you review key areas of business. You will also learn how to effectively communicate in business meetings, facilitate presentations, negotiate, and express yourself in a confident and assertive manner. This class is recommended for advanced learners who want to improve their business English. Classes meet once a week. 

High School Equivalency in Spanish - HSE classes for English language learners who may have limited native language literacy skills. Take the GED exam in Spanish at one of our 5 GED testing centers in Spanish. This class is recommended for those who want to brush up on their HSE skills in Spanish before taking the exam. 

Case Management Services - How can we help you? 

We can help you connect to social services such as childcare referrals, housing assistance, connect to employment opportunities, navigate college and training programs, and much more.  We offer free one-on-one in-person appointments.   Click here to contact a case manager.

Things to know:

  • Students MUST register and take an in-person assessment to join a class
  • 4 registrations per year (Summer, Fall, Winter, Spring)
  • Come to a library branch to checkout materials, resources, or to meet with a staff member
  • You must have a Gmail email account to access class materials via Google Classroom
  • Able to attend classes to improve your skills


  • Beginner ESOL classes 
    • Morning: Mon/Wed 10AM-1PM | Locations: New Utrecht, Sunset Park, & Midwood Libraries
    • Evening: Tues/Thurs 5PM -8:00PM | Locations: Central & Kings Highway Libraries
    • Weekend: Saturday 10AM-2PM | Locations: Sunset Park & Kings Highway Libraries
  • Integrated English Literacy and Civics Education (IELCE) | Locations: Central Library
    • Morning: Mon, Wed, & Fri  10AM-1PM & 10AM-3PM
    • Evening: Tues, Wed, Thurs 5PM-8PM & 3PM-8PM
  • Business English classes  (meets 1x each week)
    • Evenings: Tues. 6PM-8PM | Location: Pacific Library
    • Evenings: Thurs. 6PM-8PM | Location: New Utrecht Library
    • Weekend: Saturday 10AM-12PM | Location: Pacific Library
  • Spanish High School Equivalency (HSE) 
    • Weekend: Saturday 10AM-2PM | Location: Pacific Library

To start the enrollment process, click HERE.

Click here for ESOL Q&A and Technology support


Organizations that partner with us

Upwardly Global, The Hope Program, CLIP (CUNY-Language Immersion Program), CUNY Hostos Community College, CUNY College of Technology, CUNY Medgar Evers College, NY Immigration Coalition, League of Kitchens, Restaurant Opportunities Centers United, CAMBA/Cooper Union, Kress Vision, SUNY BEOC, NY Alliance for Careers in Health Care, Robin Hood Foundation, NYC WorkForce, NYU Literacy Review.

This program is made possible through Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) Title II federal funds that support programs in Adult Literacy and English as a Second Language awarded through a competitive grant process administered by the ACCES Office of the New York State Education Department.