ESL classes in Essex County

Resource Guide for Adult English Language Learners of NJ
last updated June 2014

Bloomfield College
American Language Center
2 Broad Street,
Bloomfield, NJ 07003
(973) 748-9000 ext. 438
Fee: Certificate-based, based on 14 week or 8 week course and part time or full time enrollment.

Bloomfield College offers ESL classes to people 15 years of age and older at their American Language Center. Students can attend courses in the fall and winter for 14 weeks or Spring and summer for 8-weeks offered in the morning, afternoon or evening. There are classes for all levels of English speakers and the college also offers computer and media labs, a tutoring center, a conversation program, and an activities program at no extra cost. The college also offers English for business and English for medical professions.

Career Tek Training Institute
134 Evergreen Place - 5th Floor
East Orange, NJ 07018
(973) 678-6886
Fee: $35 application fee

Institute pentateuque provides beginner level ESL classes to provide opportunities for candidates to listen, read, and exercise writing skills in a workplace environment at Career Tek Training Institute. This program also includes a pre-program assessment, job Search/job readiness, follow-up and placement Services. Classes take place twice a week on Mondays and Wednesdays, from 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.

East Orange School District/Bernie Edmonson Center
74 Halsted St.
East Orange, NJ 07018-2610
(973) 266-5640
Fee: free of charge. Registration starts mid-August.

This evening part-time program is offered to foreign-born adults who are interested in learning the English language. All participants in EFB &ESL programs are tested and placed accordingly. All participants must present valid proof of legal status. Classes take place Monday-Thursday from 4:00-7:00 p.m, starting again in September 2015.

Essex County College
303 University Avenue
Newark, NJ 07102
(973) 877-1894
Fee: Cost of book.

Non-credit ESL classes are offered in the day and evening, in four-hour sessions. Students must pay for their books and show proof of legal status. There is currently a waiting list.

FOCUS Hispanic Center for Community Development
441-443 Broad St.
Newark, NJ 07102-3224
(973) 624-2528 ext. 119
Fee: free of charge

Three month ESL and Civics courses offered Monday-Thursday from 6:00-9:00P.M.

Harvest English Institute
42 Ferry St.
Newark, NJ 07105
(973) 465-4121
Fee: $400/4 weeks for domestic students, $2400/16 weeks for international students

Harvest English Institute offers several ESL programs at different levels of intensity. Students can take private lessons, depending on their and instructor’s availability. Class size is 5-10 students, and classes are categorized by skills (pronunciation, grammar, writing, and conversation).

Jewish Vocational Service
111 Prospect St.
East Orange, NJ 07017-2417
(973) 674-6330 ext. 231
Fee: free of charge

The Jewish Vocational Service offers free ESL Training at five different levels of instruction for refugees and political asylees. There are five levels of instruction based on placement testing. The curriculum is survival and employment-based with one-on-one tutoring.

La Casa de Don Pedro, Inc-ESL-Civics
39 Broadway (2nd floor)
Newark, NJ 07104-2531
(973) 481-4713
Fee: One-time $25 registration fee and $40 for books.

This program offers several courses. The ESL Civics course is intended for those who have applied for American Citizenship and await their INS interview. It covers ESL as well as U.S. history and government. ESL-Abriendo Caminos (Opening Pathways) is an intensive 4-month course for Hispanic women. In this program, they learn English, life skills, job readiness, and earn work experience via an internship. La Casa de Don Pedro also has classes for POST-TANF [Temporary Aid for Needy Families] students who are now working, and it also has a class for the general public of Essex County in which low-level ESL students can improve their language skills. Courses last for seven weeks. Classes take place from 9-1 or 6-9, Mondays-Thursdays.

Montclair University for Continuing Education
1 Normal Avenue
Montclair, N.J. 07043
(973) 655-7695
Fee: $195-$650 (Prices increase with TOEFL)

Montclair State University's non-credit ESL program offers English instruction and practice for non-native speakers at all levels of language proficiency. Classes take place during the Fall for 12 weeks, Winter and Spring for 10 weeks and summer for 4 week. Students may enroll in day or evening classes. Credit-bearing ESL courses also are available. (To enroll in these courses, students must be seeking a degree at the University.) The Foundations course exists for beginning to advanced level students. A series of additional ESL course offerings, such as TOEFL review and Writing, remain available for high-intermediate to advanced level students.

New Community Corporation
563 Orange Street
Newark, NJ 07107
(973) 558-5536
Fee: $20-$40; call for more information

Courses offered M-Th 10:00am-12:00pm or 6:00-8:00pm and Saturdays from 9:00am- 12:00pm. ESL classes are held on the beginner, intermediate and advanced levels. There are also citizenship, GED, and pre-GED classes.

Newark Public Schools-Office of Adult Education
32 Warren Place
Newark, NJ 07102
(973) 733-7360

Classes are no longer offered but visit the website above for ESL classes that are offered in the area.

NJIT - ESL Program
Cullimore Hall 422 University Heights
Newark, NJ 07102
(973) 596-3282
Fee: credit based

NJIT offers different graduate and undergraduate courses, which allow students to practice their listening, speaking and writing. There is also a cultural aspect to the courses. Courses run along with the regular NJIT semester.

Rutgers University-Newark
PALS (Program in American Language Studies)
Mailing Address:
Rutgers, University-Newark 175 University Avenue Conklin Hall, Room 226
Newark, New Jersey 07102-1814 Phone: 973.353.5013
Fees: Full-time: $1,500-$1,650 plus additional student fees. Part-time: $800-$1,250 plus additional student fees.

PALS conducts six intensive sessions year round, each lasting seven weeks. The curriculum focuses on the English language skills and academic preparation needed for study in U.S. colleges and universities. Courses take place from Monday-Thursday from 8:30am-2:30pm, with some evening and Saturday classes available. This program provides I-20s for international students. Computer labs are provided for the exclusive use of its students. Classroom instruction is reinforced with the lab.

Seton Hall University Division of Volunteer Efforts

South Orange, New Jersey (973) 761-9702
Fee: free of charge

ESL classes are given on TW from 7pm - 8:15pm at the Seton Hall Campus. The class is run by a full time coordinator who is part of the Campus Ministry staff. Lesson plans are prepared in advance for the group.

South Orange-Maplewood Adult School
17 Parker Ave
Maplewood, NJ 07040-1327
(973) 378-7620

This class is perfect for students who need to learn the basics of the English language. You’ll practice listening, speaking, reading and writing English with a partner and in groups. MEREDITH ALPHONSE, experienced ESL teacher.
Course: 061. Fee: $145. Eight Tuesdays & eight Thursdays, Mar. 6-May 3 (skip Apr. 10 & 12), 7-8:30pm, CHS, room D108
Improve your speaking, listening and writing skills in a friendly, relaxed environment. Each class will feature an interesting story about American people, culture and history. Conversations with classmates, grammar studies and writing assignments will help you become a more confident English speaker. This class is for students beyond the beginner level.
MARILYN HINES, experienced ESL teacher.
Course: 062. Fee: $145. Eight Tuesdays & eight Thursdays, Mar. 6-May 3 (skip Apr. 10 & 12), 7-8:30pm, CHS, room D110 ESL: CONVERSATION & WRITING Advanced students will learn to discuss, debate and write about various topics in English. The emphasis is on conversation with an analysis of sentence structure. Engage in speaking and writing activities. RICHARD HINES, experienced ESL teacher. Course 063: Fee: $145. Eight Tuesdays & eight Thursdays, Mar. 6-May 3 (skip Apr. 10 & 12), 7-8:30pm, CHS, room A136