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English as a Second Language (ESL)

IMG_8026 7X5Overview of the Program

Students from all over the world learn language skills through speaking, listening, reading, and writing in our English as a Second Language (ESL) classes. They connect with each other in friendships and mutual support while learning English along with academic and communication skills they need at work and in their family lives.

Who We Serve

ESL covers a wide range of student needs and abilities, from classes for new immigrants with limited English skills to those who are preparing for work or college. Classes are designed for adults to learn at their own pace, guided by classroom teachers who are trained to teach adults.

All area residents who are 18 years and older and need to improve their English language skills are welcome to attend.

Program Highlights
  • Seven levels of classes (see below)
  • Highly qualified, experienced, professional teachers
  • Encouraging, supportive atmosphere
  • Self-paced learning
  • Small class size
  • Six-week summer program is offered in July and August. Classes meet on Monday and Wednesday mornings or evenings.  There is also a once a week conversation group for higher level students during the summer.
  • Morning classes: Monday, Wednesday, and Friday or Tuesday and Thursday mornings, 9:00 AM – 12:00 PM
  • Evening classes: Monday and Wednesday evenings or Tuesday and Thursday evenings, 6:30 PM – 8:30 PM

Click here for a complete schedule of classes and registration dates.


For more information, call Enrollment Coordinator Anya Vandiver at 603-921-9590, or email

Or call the Director of Adult Education, Lauren Osowski at 603-882-9080 x2206, or email

More information is available at the NH State website:

What We Offer

ESL Literacy

A Literacy class is for those with limited skills in their native language.

Beginner ESL

Beginner classes are for students whose English comprehension, speaking, reading, and writing skills are very limited. The emphasis is on teaching students basic survival English skills.

Intermediate ESL

Classes offer students an opportunity to improve their listening, speaking, reading, and writing skills.

High Intermediate/Advanced ESL

This class is for English language learners who have gained fundamental communication skills and may be preparing for work or post-secondary education.

ESL Bridges

Students who complete advanced ESL and wish to attend high school equivalency classes or higher education classes may take this class to enhance academic skills and polish communication and pronunciation skills.

Citizenship Preparation

Adults who have met the criteria for citizenship are offered free preparation classes three times a year.  The classes meet once a week for six weeks in the afternoon or evening.

How to Enroll

On the registration day, students will be asked to complete a registration form, take a speaking test and reading test (if able), and get a class placement.  The process takes about 40 minutes.  Click here for a complete schedule of classes and registration dates.


Most classes are free.  Students are asked to purchase books, which are usually $30.

OUR STORIES – Our students share their ALC story.

The USDA Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP) is the funding source for the serving of nutritious meals in our childcare and school age care programs.