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ESL Services

Learn to speak, read and write English.

For more information, contact Sharon Wright, ESL Program Coordinator at:

sharon.wright@fortlee.bccls.org
201-592-3614 ext. 4007

Tutors

Thinking about becoming an ESL tutor? Our ESL tutors spend between one and a half and two and a half hours each week on course materials and tutoring. Our students are all from the local community and are grouped by communication level. Groups vary between 4 and 7 students and can be either beginner, high beginner, intermediate, high intermediate, or advanced levels.

Classes are held:

  • Monday through Saturday from 9:45 am to 3:00 pm
  • Monday through Thursday evenings from 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm
  • Saturday mornings from 9:45 am to 11:15 am

 

We also offer conversation circles which currently meet Saturdays from 9:45 to 10:45 am. Volunteers who sign-up to lead conversation circles commit to one to two hours every 4 to 6 weeks. All materials are supplied.

Still interested? Click on the application below to volunteer. We’d love to have you join our team!

Students and Classes

The Fort Lee Public Library offers ESL groups throughout the week and at 5 different levels. The levels are based on the communication skills of listening comprehension and speaking. If you are interested in classes, please look at the levels and their descriptions below and choose the level that BEST describes your speaking and listening skills and then fill-out the ESL Application. Remember, do not consider your written English.

  • Beginner – I can say and understand very little in English.
  • High Beginner – I know basic words and phrases in English, but it is not easy to have an English conversation.
  • Intermediate – I can have a basic conversation in English, but it is hard and I am not comfortable speaking English.
  • High Intermediate: – I can speak English, but I need people to practice. Listening is harder than speaking and I question myself a lot.
  • Advanced – I can speak, read, and write in English, but I’d like to improve my vocabulary and pronunciation and/or practice with a native speaker.

ESL Classes

The Fort Lee Public Library offers beginner through advanced ESL classes from mid-September through early June. Registration for the January 2020 session begins December 2, 2020.

Conversation Circles

Weds, 7:00 PM, Sat, 9:45 AM and Sun, 1:30 PM

Drop in intermediate to advanced conversation groups.  No registration required.  

FAQs

Do I have to live in Fort Lee to take ESL classes at the Fort Lee library?
You do not have to live in Fort Lee, but you do have to have a Fort Lee Public Library card. Usually this means you live in Fort Lee or Englewood Cliffs. Stop by the main circulation desk to find out how to get a library card.

How much does the program cost?
Patrons who register for small group classes pay $20.00 per calendar year for registration and materials.

How many classes can I take?
Most program participants take 2 classes. It all depends on the schedule of the student and the class availability.

When do you offer classes?
We offer classes from September through June. Classes are held 6 days a week, Monday through Saturday. We offer limited classes on weekends and nights. 

How many days a week do I attend classes? 
How many days you attend depends on how many classes you take. Each class meets for an hour and a half once a week.

How big are the classes?
Our classes are all different sizes. Some are as small as 4 students while others are as large as 12 students. 

How will I be placed in a group?
When placing students in a group, entrance interviews and communication skills are given the most importance. Following that we consider students’ interests and goals in matching them with the right tutor and group.

When must I register by? 
Students must register by the third week of classes to be considered for the waiting list. For the fall of 2019 that is no later than Tuesday, October 8th. Space is based on availability and we cannot promise a seat. The earlier you register the better. Registration for the winter session will open on December 1st, 2019.

What is a conversation circle?
A conversation circle is a place where you can practice speaking English in an informal and friendly group setting. It’s a place to meet new people and be introduced to new vocabulary. There is no need to register or pay, just stop in when you want. Conversation circles are held Wednesday nights at 7:00 pm, Saturday mornings at 9:45, and Sundays at 1:30 pm in the conference room.

Who do I contact if I have more questions?
Please contact our ESL Coordinator, Sharon Wright, at 201-592-3615 ext. 4007 or at sharon.wright@fortlee.bccls.org

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