Welcome to the Queens Library ESOL Program

Queens is the most ethnically diverse county in the United States, with more than 50% of its residents speaking a language other than English. To meet the needs of this growing community and assist those who want to learn English, Queens Library offers FREE English classes through its ESOL Program. The Queens Library ESOL Program is part of the New American's Program and is currently located at the Central Library. Each year, nearly three thousand students are enrolled in the program, representing more than 80 countries and speaking over 50 languages.

FREE English Classes for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL)

The ESOL program offers English classes at community libraries throughout Queens. Classes are offered in the mornings, afternoons, evenings, and weekends.

Students can register for classes during the Spring (January-May) or Fall (September-December) semesters. Each semester runs approximately 12 weeks. Registration is on a first-come, first-served basis for most locations, with the exception of Central and Flushing Community Libraries. Students who would like to attend classes at Central or Flushing must fill out an ESOL Class Lottery Application.  For more information on class registration, please refer to our flyer or call (718)-480-4300.


Our classes are taught by professional teachers and emphasize learning how to speak and understand English. Vocabulary and grammar are conveyed through lessons about everyday situations, such as going to the doctor or supermarket, or renting an apartment. During the course of the program, all students receive a full introduction to the library and its services and are taken on a tour of the library. They apply for library cards and are encouraged to return and take advantage of all other library programs and services.

Class Levels


This level is for students who speak very little to no English. Students may be able to read and write a few words, understand some frequently used words or simple phrases in context, but have little or no control of grammar. This course is focused on survival skills such as map reading, filling out forms, reading labels on foods and medications, and asking for directions.


This level is for students who can understand simple learned phrases, express basic survival needs, have some control of basic grammar, but are not fluent. This course is focused on vocabulary building, life skills and oral communication skills.

Advanced (not offered every semester)

This level is for students who are fluent, can participate in conversations about every day subjects, and have control of basic grammar. This course is focused on improving speaking, reading, and writing skills with a greater concentration on accuracy.


Learning Resources

Rocket Languages
Transparent Language Online

Scholastic Encyclopedia

eBooks, eAudio, and eVideo


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For more information on the Queens Library’s ESOL Program, please contact:

Marco Castillo
Program Coordinator
Tel. 718-480-4300
E-mail: MaCastillo@queenslibrary.org

Cheryl Mendez
Program Assistant
Tel. 718-480-4300
E-mail: Cmendez@queenslibrary.org

Lauren White
Program Specialist
Tel. 718-480-4300
E-mail: LIwhite@queenslibrary.org