ESL Classroom Program


When I leave my group of students, I feel good about the world. You give, but you get back so much more. Watching people progress is rewarding. You see people you would not meet in your everyday life and get a different perspective on things.

-Debra, LCMC Educator 

What do we do?
The Literacy Council offers a classroom program for adults who want to learn English as a second language (ESL).  We have classes for beginning, intermediate, and advanced learners.

Where do students learn?
Classes are held at schools, public libraries, community service centers, and churches in Montgomery County.

When do students learn?
Classes are a total of 60 hours. We offer Morning, Afternoon, Evening and Saturday Classes. Students may not miss more than 6 hours of class or they will be removed from the program.

What does it cost?
Classes are free for beginner and intermediate level students. Advanced students will pay a small fee, and all students are encouraged to buy their books.

Who can be a student?
Students must live or work in the state of Maryland. Students cannot be enrolled in our tutoring program at the same time as taking one of our ESL classes. Students in the ESL class program must be at least 18 years old and not enrolled in high school. We cannot serve F-1 and J-1 visa holders.

How can I become a student?
Attend a Literacy Council ESL Class registration to learn more and to be tested for placement level

  • Space is limited – please arrive on time – first come, first served

  • Please do not bring children to orientation

  • Plan to stay for the entire orientation session (about 3 hours)

 Available Classes: Upcoming available ESL classes and the dates of their registration and placement testing will be available for Winter 2019-2020 soon. (Already taken a placement test and were told your English too advanced for our program? Already graduated our most Advanced ESL class? Check out our newest GED class, just for you.)

Contact Rishan Habte at  301-610-0030, extension 215 or at