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ESL Conversation Clubs

Register on our Calendar to attend either of our two weekly ESL conversation groups at the Library:

  • Beginners ESL Conversation Club
    • Meets Thursdays, 11:00-12:00 p.m.
  • Intermediate ESL Conversation Club
    • Meets Tuesdays, 10:00-11:00 a.m.

Books for English Language Learners (ESL)


ESL 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 next to the New Books shelf, 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 our language-learning apps and World Language Collections across the BCCLS library system.

Don’t forgot about other items in various languages, like our collection of DVDs & Blu-rays, many of which have subtitles and/or language dubs.

ESL Shelf

Located near the Information Desk, right next to the World Language Collection, our ESL 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.