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English Language Learners

2022 ELL Classes

To register for one of our English Language Learner classes, please schedule an appointment below. You must meet with our ELL coordinator for placement in these classes. Class size is limited. Classes will meet once a week for 1.5 hours, and you should plan to attend all classes. (Must be a Millburn Library cardholder. Ages 18+.)

Classes run from January 17 — March 29 (no class February 21/22).

  • Beginner Class: Tuesdays, 10:30am — 12:00pm
  • Intermediate Class: Wednesdays, 10:30am — 12:00pm
  • Advanced Class: Wednesdays, 12:30pm — 2:00pm

Read & Chat (Winter 2022-23)

We will read short selections in English and talk about them. This spring we will read some short news articles, stories and poetry. Details will be sent to those who register. Participants will help choose the topic for the following month. For intermediate/advanced-level English language learners.

  • Wednesdays, 7 – 8pm: December 14th, January 11th, February 15th (register here)
  • Thursdays, 7 – 8:15pm: March 9th, March 23rd, April 20th, May 4th, May 18th (register here)

Fridays with Friends

Practice your English with fun activities and make some new friends. All are welcome.

Monthly on Fridays, 2:30 – 4pm (register here)

  • March 17th — FolktalesWe will read some picture book versions of folktales from around the world. Maybe you would like to tell a story that is well-known in your home country.
  • April 21st — Movie Shorts:  We will watch two short films from our Kanopy collection and then talk about them.
  • May 12th — Walking & Talking: Join us for a guided walk in the South Mountain Reservation with a naturalist.

Books for English Language Learners (ELL)


English Language Tutoring

Volunteers Needed!

Help new neighbors from other countries to learn English, by providing an opportunity to practice conversation skills! No teaching experience is necessary, and training will be required. 1-1.5 hours per week. Ages 18+.

Orientation sessions will be held in the spring of 2023, with an option of an in-person or virtual session, depending on volunteer preference/availability.

ELL Classes in Essex County

The State of New Jersey publishes a Resource Guide for Adult English Language Learners of NJ. The “Essex County” resources are reprinted below. Use this guide to find a English-language learning course in Essex County. Note: some courses are free, others require a fee.

ESL in Essex County

Listed below are English language learning programs outside Millburn Library. Click here for a printable copy.


Free Programs

Jewish Vocational Service

7 Glenwood Avenue, Lower Level, East Orange, NJ 07017

Telephone: 973-674-6330 | Email: info@jvsnj.org

The JVS Education & Literacy department offers four levels of instruction for English language learners. The highly interactive, practical program provides 12 hours of weekly instruction for a total of 120 class hours. Instructor-led classes are supplemented by individualized tutoring. Each course focuses on building the following skills necessary for daily living and work: Basic conversation, Completing forms, Job-readiness, Writing sentences, Number sense. ESL classes meet Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. There is no cost to attend. Please bring your Social Security card and additional forms of identification (Green Card, Passport, Employment Authorization, I-94) with you. For more information—or to make an appointment—please contact Lynn Sternstein at 862-704-2291 or lsternstein@jvsnj.org.

Literacy Volunteers of America

90 Broad Street, Bloomfield, NJ 07003 | (973) 566-6200 x225

195 Gregory Ave, Passaic, NJ 07055 | (973) 470-0039

Passaic and Essex Counties Literacy Program

LVA provides free literacy services to adults over age 16 who need instruction in Adult Basic Education (ABE), English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL), and English Conversation Groups (ECG). Basic Literacy (BL) and English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) programs are offered to those who qualify.


Local College & University Programs

Bloomfield College American Language Center


Telephone: 973-748-9000 

The American Language Center (ALC) offers an extensive year-round English Language program for all types of students. With customized levels of instruction from beginner to advanced, classes cover Grammar and Structure, Speaking and Listening, Reading and Writing, American English Pronunciation, and the American culture.

Essex County College

Maria A. Alvarado, Director (NC Enrollment Services/Extension Programs)

Location: 3rd Level, Yellow Area, Rm. 3240D

303 University Ave, Newark, NJ 07102

Telephone: (973) 877-3390

ECC offers non-credit enrichment courses for non-native English speakers who are interested in improving their language skills at ECC Main Campus. ECC offers credit and non-credit enrichment courses, workshops, and seminars at two convenient locations in Essex County.

NJIT ESL Program

University Heights, Newark, New Jersey 07102 USA

Telephone: (973) 596-3000

The aim of the program is to assist those whose proficiency in English is limited. The program offers a wide variety of undergraduate and graduate courses, which give students practice in listening, speaking, and writing English.

Seton Hall University ESL Program

Location: 571 Jubilee Hall, South Orange, NJ 07079

Telephone: 973-761-9254

Email: esl@shu.edu | bryan.meadows@shu.edu

The English as a Second Language Program serves students from all over the world, providing coursework for comprehensive language development. A wide range of content and materials, presented through interesting methodology, make the experience of ESL effective and practical. Proficiency levels from intermediate to advanced are welcome. Participants are undergraduate, graduate, and professional level. Small classes (8 to 15 people) enable students to advance rapidly.

Rutgers University Program in American Language Studies 

Conklin Hall, 175 University Ave, Newark, NJ 07103

Email: pals@newark.rutgers.edu

Darlene Smith, Program Coordinator: 973.353.5013dmsmith@newark.rutgers.edu

Nanette Bouvier, PALS Director: 973.353.5368nvb15@rutgers.edu

The Program in American Language Studies has been a part of Rutgers University–Newark for more than 30 years. PALS classes are three levels (beginner, intermediate, and advanced) that are approximately 10- 14 weeks long. PALS offers a variety of programs and courses to help develop students’ English language skills: Intensive ESL Program; TOEFL Programs, Courses, and Workshops; IELTS Programs, Courses, and Workshops; University Courses (for Undergraduate and Graduate Rutgers students); Evening and Saturday Courses; International Graduate Student Institute; and, Private Tutoring.


Additional Community Programs

New Community Corporation

563 Orange Street, Newark, NJ 07107

Telephone: (973) 558-5536

Email Cristhian Barcelos: cbarcelos@newcommunity.org

The NCC Adult Learning Center serves more than 2,000 adult participants per year, who are 16-years and older and no longer in the school system. These programs include English for Speakers of Other Languages and Citizenship classes.

The South Orange-Maplewood Adult School

17 Parker Ave. Maplewood, NJ 07040

Phone: (973) 378-7620 | Email: schoolinfo@somadultschool.org



World Languages Collection

Millburn Library’s World Languages Collection, located on the wall just outside the Teen Space, has books available in Chinese, Spanish, and Russian. Click here to easily browse or search the library catalog by language and/or keyword, in either the print catalog, or our digital catalog for eBooks, e-Audiobooks and e-Magazines, and to find out more about the World Language Collections across the BCCLS library system.

Check out our language-learning resources, all available right on your smart device (and free), courtesy of your Millburn Library card. Available is Mango Languages, mobile apps with full-length language courses.  These apps include courses that teach English from many others languages (ESL/ELL) as well. Little learners also Kanopy Kids available, with unlimited access to language-learning episodes of Muzzy & Little Pim in various languages.

ELL Shelf

Located alongside the World Language Collection, our ELL shelf has a great selection of books on various topics, like ESL/TOEFL, American idioms, English grammar & vocabulary, and easy-to-read classics.

In the Library

  • Storytime: bring your child to the library for storytime, where our librarians will read stories, sing and have fun.
  • Readalongs: found in the J Readalong shelf of the Children’s Room,  these books either come with CDs to listen along with while you read, or you can borrow a Vox “talking” book.
  • DVDs: watching movies or TV shows with subtitles can help English language-learners improve on their skills while enjoying a great show.
  • Language-learning CDs, like the Pimsleur series.