English Classes

English at the Library

Updated August 2021

Literacy Programs are currently paused, but we are happy to help you find English language learning resources at the library or in the community.

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.

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

Updated August 2021

These are some of the English classes and Conversation Programs in the community. 

Classes in the community:

Alachua County Public Schools ESOL (English for Speakers of Other Languages): Registration is open. $30 (cash only) plus cost of books. Fee lets you take multiple classes at the same level, if there are openings. You (or someone on your behalf) must register and pay in person. Walk-in registration is open on Thursdays from 9 - 11 a.m. at 620 East University Ave. Go to the check-in desk and ask for ESOL for Adults. 352-955-7035. We can email the class schedule and registration information to you.

Catholic Charities English Classes: Free Zoom classes. Beginning level: Tuesdays, 4-6 p.m. Intermediate level: Fridays 6:30-8:30 p.m. To sign up, contact Pat Rayos. Call or text: 352-682-5078. Email: patrayos17@aol.com.

English Corner, UF Christian Campus House: Free. UF Student Group welcomes people of all ages who want to practice speaking English. You can Zoom in or meet in person at UF Christian Campus House, Tuesdays, 2-4 pm & Thursdays 6-8 p.m. Those interested can email Bob Gailey, gatorgailey@juno.com. You also can call (352) 258-9367. 1810 NW 1st Ave, Gainesville (parking near there can be limited).

English Language Institute at UF: They offer a number of fee based programs for UF students and community members. Next session: FALL B (October 20 - December 10). Application Deadline: September 8. They also offer STEP Online, a six weeks course that costs $500. More about STEP Online classes. Contract Daryl Bish with questions. StudyEnglish@eli.ufl.edu Walk ins welcome. 223 Matherly Hall, University of Florida Campus, across the street from Target Copy. Parking limited. They speak Spanish. Se habla español.

English Partners at University City Church of ChristFree. In person English (ESOL) tutoring (1 tutor for each student). Face Masks required. Beginning to Advanced (6 levels).  Sundays, 9-10 a.m., optional Bible study 10-10:15 a.m. No separate childcare at this time. University City Church of Christ gymnasium, Family Life Center, 4626 NW 8 Ave. Must reserve a tutor by Friday before that Sunday's class. To reserve tutor, please email josmil733@gmail.com. En español, orosejo@cox.net. Call Church Office with questions: (352) 372-4911. 

International Learning Center at Parkview Baptist: Wednesday online mixed level class, 6:30-8 p.m. Free for Fall. Click here to register online. For questions: patrayos17@aol.com.

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.  

Williams Temple COGIC ESOL classes: Free. Zoom classes will continue through Summer 2021. Beginning, Mondays, 5-5:45 pm. Intermediate/Advanced, Mondays, 6-6:45 pm. Conversation, all levels, Wednesdays, 6-6:45 pm. Call or email Yvette Colbert: 352-575-0746, wtcogicfl@gmail.com


Need more information about one of these programs or want to know about resources? Please email us literacy@aclib.us.


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.