About the English as a Second Language

(ESL) Department


Anyone 18+ with a valid Fort Lee Library card can take classes. If you don’t have a library card, stop by the Circulation Desk or apply at fortleelibrary.org/about/get-a-library-card

Due to high demand, we cannot guarantee placement if you have been in the program for two or more years. All other students will be enrolled on a first-come, first-served basis until the program is full.


The registration fee each semester is $30.00. Students must pay before classes start. Fees are non-refundable.

(The ESL department may waive the fee for financial hardship reasons.)

There is no registration fee for Summer classes.

Students can take one class each semester. If more tutors become available, we may offer additional classes.

Student placement is determined by both skill level and the availability indicated on their registration form. All new students are required to register for a placement interview to ensure appropriate class assignment (applicable to Fall/Spring semesters only).

Classes are conducted Monday to Friday, with the inclusion of Saturdays based on tutor availability. Morning (9:45 am), afternoon (12:15 pm), and evening (6:45 pm) sessions are available, accommodating 4-8 students per class.

Beginner to Intermediate students are enrolled in Instructional classes lasting 1 hour 30 minutes, while High Intermediate to Advanced students participate in Conversation classes lasting 1 hour.

Class materials, including textbooks and worksheets, will be provided either prior to or after the initial class session.


Please note that due to high demand, specific class or tutor requests cannot be accommodated.


Most classes will take place in person. Zoom classes can be held depending on student interest and tutor availability. 

Registration for Spring 2024 classes has closed. Please check back in June for more information on Summer ESL classes. 


Registration for Spring 2024 classes has closed. Please check back in June for more information on Summer ESL classes.

Practice English at home with Mango, available to all Fort Lee library cardholders. For details on accessing Mango, visit: Welcome to Mango! Translations

To create your Mango account, click here.

Questions? Email us at esl@fortlee.bccls.org or call 201-592-3614 ext. 4007

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