Community Resources for Adults Learning English

Many community organizations and nonprofits offer free or affordable services that help adults learn English. This page lists examples of community resources that Head Start parents and other adults may research to help improve their English language and literacy skills.

Community Resources for Adults Learning English

Head Start parents and families wishing to improve their English skills have access to many free or affordable community services, including:

  1. The public library
  2. Local school districts that offer adult education or continuing education programs
  3. Local community colleges that offer continuing education programs
  4. Education departments of colleges and universities that provide English as a Second Language (ESL) courses, or that provide student volunteers for ESL tutoring
  5. Large employers, such as hospitals or resorts, that offer English language classes
  6. Local volunteer services departments or organizations that provide English tutoring sessions
  7. Local welfare, employment, or social services departments that offer English classes, or that may offer financial aid to adults enrolling in ESL classes
  8. English language teachers or instructors willing to volunteer tutoring services
  9. Local chapters of Proliteracy America
  10. Local ESL program recommendations from Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) 
  11. English classes and volunteer programs offered by faith-based institutions
  12. English classes offered by teacher associations and unions

Community Resources for Adults Learning English. HHS/ACF/OHS. 2011. English.

Last Reviewed: January 2011

Last Updated: November 13, 2014