Learning English

English as a Second Language (ESL)

The American Place offers free, in-person ESL classes. Students improve their English skills in speaking, listening, reading and writing. Teachers use a variety of activities, including online programs. Visits to local historic and civic institutions are arranged to provide students the opportunity to learn more about American history and culture. Additional job training is provided for those students seeking employment.  


Classes are for Beginner and Intermediate levels only.  

Classes run from September to June in three 13-week cycles; new cycles start in September, February, and April.

Classes are offered weekdays, evenings, and Saturdays.

Classes are for adults 18 and older. Students 16 to 18 years old may join the After-School English Academy directed by mbrophy@hplct.org.  

We also offer at no cost excellent online English learning courses. Staff will teach you how to learn online. Students may borrow a computer if needed. 



Registration and testing begins promptly at 9:30 a.m. on Wednesdays and Saturdays.

Step 1 Please complete the Application Form below.

Step 2 Once you complete the Application Form you will receive a text or email for an appointment to register and take a test to determine your level of English.

Step 3 After determining your level of English you will be placed in a class. Levels offered are Beginner and Intermediate only.



Due to water damage at Downtown Hartford Public Library, the English classes have been temporarily moved to Center Church House located on the corners of Main Street, Gold Street, and Lewis Street. The entrance is on 60 Gold Street, Hartford, CT 06103. This location is two blocks north of the library, only a five minute walk.

We offer a family program that includes special educational activities for your children. The program also teaches you more about resources available to you and your children to learn together at home or at the library. Ofrecemos un programa para familias que incluye actividades educativas especiales para sus hijos. El programa también le enseña más sobre los recursos disponibles para que usted y sus hijos aprendan juntos en casa o en la biblioteca.
If there is space, you may attend more than one session.

Online Learning

Registration required

Library Card Required 

Library Card Required

Open registration.

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