South Coast Literacy Council
Free ESL Classes for South Orange County, CA
 
 

Learning English

Why is speaking English important? More people speak English than any other language except Mandarin -- more than those who speak Arabic and French combined. English is the native language of more than 350 million people. Moreover, English is the international language of diplomacy, business, science, technology, banking, computing, medicine, aviation, engineering, tourism, and Hollywood films. Spoken English is used in the best careers and the best universities, and is essential at most job interviews. You need to speak English properly to take full advantage of life and opportunities in the United States.

Trained volunteers teach free English classes for several hours during one or two days every week at various locations throughout south Orange County. At most locations, there are separate sections for beginning, intermediate, and advanced students.

For most locations it is not necessary to contact us before coming to a class. Simply choose a convenient location and come on the indicated day and time. Please complete this Student Registration Request Form and bring it with you when you come.

For general information in English about the South Coast Literacy Council and ESL classes:

  • Call (949) 387-5194

If you have questions and are not comfortable speaking English on the telephone, you may call one of these numbers:

  • If you speak Chinese: call Yuk at (626) 759-2113
  • If you speak Farsi: call Mahin at (949) 633-3387
  • If you speak Japanese: call Ahdoja at (949) 766-0089
  • If you speak Korean: call (949) 305-2788
  • If you speak Spanish: call (949) 498-3662

Materials to Help You Learn English

New! Easy Everyday English is a very friendly website for helping English learners become more comfortable speaking English in typical American conversations. It has over 3000 words or phrases with super-simple definitions and easy-to-understand examples. You will not learn these things in most English classes. It even contains examples of "Not So Nice" and "Really Bad" words that are not polite.

For advanced students, the Vocabulary page lets you listen to important vocabulary words, learn the correct pronunciations, and test yourself about each word's meaning and spelling. It's also a good opportunity to practice listening to an English speaker whose voice is not familiar.

Resources for Multicultural Parents

Other Organizations and Programs for Learning English

These organizations provide English language instruction for students at all levels of English proficiency:

READ/Orange County a county organization whose mission is to create a more literate community by providing diversified services of the highest quality to all who seek them. The organization has Literacy Centers located in eight Orange County Public Library branches that provide specialized collections of materials for tutors and learners. READ/Orange County provides:

  • Tutoring in basic literacy skills.
  • Lessons that are confidential, individualized, and highly goal oriented.
  • Training for volunteers who want to help others read and write.
  • Ongoing support services to learners and tutors.
  • Workplace literacy programs for local businesses.

These websites explain ESL programs that are available:

  • The Literacy Information and Communication System Literacy Directory shows locations of ESL and literacy programs for adults and children.
  • The ESL Directory helps ESL students around the world locate ESL programs in various cities.

Other Free ESL Lessons

These nearby organizations also provide free ESL classes: