What Is ESOL?


Programs in English for speakers of other languages (ESOL) teach basic vocabulary, grammar and many of the necessary idiomatic phrases to people with a first language other than English. These are also known as English as a Second Language programs.


  • Many public schools provide English for speakers of other languages programs for kindergarten through high school students during class hours or after school.

Community Colleges

  • Adults seeking to improve their English skills often enroll in ESOL or ESL courses at community colleges, typically for around $100 per class.

Community Programs

  • In communities with large immigrant populations, there will often be many low-cost or no-cost ESOL programs for people with limited English skills. These programs are often sponsored by such community organizations as churches or local government agencies.

Online ESOL

  • There are a growing number of free online resources for people interested in learning English as a second language. Sites such as UsingEngish.com provide information about English vocabulary, verbs and idioms.

Teaching ESOL

  • In order to teach English to speakers of other languages, you will most likely need a college degree and a certification such as TESOL (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages), depending on where you would like to teach.


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