English Classes

English at the Library

Due to COVID-19, all Literacy Programs are currently on pause. You can find more information on our Alachua County Library District's current services here: https://www.aclib.us/CurrentServices

To translate the Alachua County Library District website into another language, scroll to the bottom of this page. Click "select language" and scroll through the list for that language. Para traducir el sitio web del Alachua County Library District a otro idioma, desplácese hacia abajo hasta el final de esta página. Haga clic en la barra "select language"  y desplácese por la lista hasta que encuentre el idioma que desea.

While our English classes are paused, here are some resources you can use at home. Please email us if you would like a list of more resources, literacy@aclib.us

Transparent Language: www.aclib.us/Transparent

If you haven't used Transparent Language before, it is an online language learning program with over 100 languages; including courses for English Language Learners. You can access it for free with your Alachua County Library District library card. Go to our Transparent Language. Login with your library card. Use your email to set up your user ID and set a unique password.

Learning Expresswww.aclib.us/LearningExpress
Has prep courses and practice tests for the TOEFL. Some resources in Spanish. Sign in with your library card. Create an account with an email and password to keep track of your progress.

Tutor.com: www.aclib.us/Tutor.com
Better for K-12 students. Some practice tests, but the big deal is live homework help as well as the ability to submit writing for feedback. Log in with your library card number. Create an account with an email and password to track your progress.

English in the Community

We will check in regularly with community organizations about their English classes and conversational partner programs. Programs are beginning to announce their plans for Fall. We update this page as we get information in and as programs come back from summer break.

Programs that do start back up with face-to-face classes and tutoring, may have to quickly pause or go online if local or state officials issue shelter in place mandates. 

Please email us if you would like a list of more resources and updates on community programs, literacy@aclib.us

Classes in the community:

Alachua County Public Schools ESOL (English for Speakers of Other Languages): $30 plus cost of books. Fee lets you take multiple classes at the same level, if there are openings. Online through Zoom for Fall 2020. Open to students outside of Alachua County this semester, but you (or a someone on your behalf) must register and pay in person

Classes start August 31. This program accepts students throughout the semester. We can email the class schedule and registration to you. Email literacy@aclib.us

Register in person. Wednesdays, 9 a.m.- 11 a.m. 620 E University Avenue. Go to check in desk and ask for ESOL for Adults. 

Catholic Charities English Classes: Free. Zoom classes will continue in the Fall. Beginning Tuesdays, 4-6 p.m. Intermediate: Thursays, 6-8 p.m. To sign up, contact Pat Rayos. Ella no habla español, pero hay personas que hablan español. Call or text: 352-682-5078. Email: patrayos17@aol.com

English Corner, UF Christian Campus House: Free. UF Student Group, but they welcome people of all ages from the community who want to practice speaking English. They plan on offering face-to-face this fall but are waiting on word from UF. They also plan to keep the online chats Tuesdays @ 2 pm & Thursdays @ 7 p.m. Those interested can email Bob Gailey, gatorgailey@juno.com, and he will send a Zoom Link. You also can call. (352) 258-9367.

English Language Institute at UF: They offer a number of fee based programs for UF students and community members. They started a new online program STEP Online that is $500. Classes this fall are six weeks. More about STEP Online fall classes

English Partners at Univerity City Church of ChristFree. Tutoring starts September 13. In person English (ESOL) tutoring (1 tutor for each student). Face Masks required. Beginning to Advanced (6 levels). No separate childcare at this time. Sundays, 9-10 a.m., optional Bible study 10-10:15 a.m. University City Church of Christ gymnasium, Family Life Center, 4626 NW 8 Ave., Gainesville

Must reserve a tutor by Friday before that Sunday's class. To reserve tutor, please email peggy.sedlacek@gmail.com

International Learning Center at Parkview Baptist: Free for Fall 2020 semester. In person Conversation class, two levels, Wednesdays, 9-11 a.m. Online classes, Beginning: Thursdays, 4-5:30 p.m.. Mixed levels: Wednesdays, 6:30-8 p.m.. Midlevel: Tuesdays, 9-10:30 a.m. Optional Bible study. Must register in advance: http://www.myilc.org/registration.html

Santa Fe College ESOL (English for Speakers of Other Languages):  $30 plus cost of books.  Santa Fe offers both face-to-face and online classes.  Classes started August 24. Fall B starts in October. Check back for information about Fall B (starts in Mid-October).

Williams Temple COGIC ESOL classes: FreeClasses start Monday, September 14.  Online at start of semester. Mondays- Beginners 5-5:45 PM. Mondays- Intermediate/Advanced 6-6:45 PM. Wednesday- Conversation all levels 6-6:45 pm. Plan to move back to face-to-face classes later in the Fall. Faith based instruction. Registration required. Call or email Yvette Colbert: 352-575-0746, wtcogicfl@gmail.com


Help in the Community

Looking for help? 

Current Services at the Library: Updated regularly as library services start back up.

Help in the Community is a list of resources in Alachua County and information about COVID-19. 

Right Service Alachua County is a list of food, healthcare, housing, jobs and other help. Or to find your county, go this link: http://www.rightservicefl.org/ And then click on your county on the map.

United Way of North Central Florida 2-1-1: Connects you to food, housing and other help in the community. Open 24 hours, 7 days a week. They can connect you to someone who speaks Spanish or another language.

Call 211 or 352-332-4631

Elder Helpline: 1-800-262-2243. Help line for seniors. They can connect you to someone who speaks Spanish or another language.

eGovernment: Information on food stamps, medicaid, job searches and more.