Take a Class

What do we do?
The Literacy Council offers a classroom program for adults who want to learn English.  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, but students are encouraged to buy their books.

Who can be a student?
Students must live or work in Montgomery County. Students in the ESL class program must be at least 18 years old and not enrolled in high school.

How can I become a student?
Attend a Literacy Council ESL Class Orientation 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)


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

We have one class available to register for in Spring 2018, at the Gaithersburg Library in the mornings. It is meant specifically for job-seeking ESL learners. Click here to learn more.

Registration for general ESL classes will begin in August 2018 for our Fall 2018 session. Stay tuned for a schedule of registration and testing dates, to be available in approximately July 2018.