English Classes — ReEstablish Richmond (2023)

ENGLISH LANGUAGE LEARNING FOR ADULT SPEAKERS OF OTHER LANGUAGES:

Below is our most current list of community-based ESL (English as a Second Language) classes in the Greater Richmond area, sorted by neighborhood.

If you are part of an organization offering English courses and have updated information to share, please let us know!

Updated October 2022

RICHMOND CITY

Richmond Public Schools Adult Education

  • Cost: $65 for registration and textbook. Cash or money orders only.

  • Virtual/In-Person: Virtual

  • Day/Time: Tuesdays and Thursdays @ 5:30 - 8:30pm

  • Schedule: Follow the school calendar

  • English Levels Offered: N/A

  • Childcare: Not offered

  • Transportation: Not offered

  • Contact: 804-780-8311, adulted@rvaschools.net or jbrown20@rvaschools.net

Virginia Commonwealth University Global Education Office, 912 W. Grace Street, 4th Floor, Richmond, VA 23284

https://global.vcu.edu/elp/curriculum/pronouncingenglish/

NORTHSIDE

Islamic Circle of North America (ICNA), 7705 Impala Dr, Henrico, VA 23228

  • Cost: Free Online ESL (No classes scheduled as of Aug, 2022.

  • English Levels Offered: Level 1: Beginner; Level 2: Low Beginner; Level 3: Medium; Level 4: Intermediate

  • Contact: Chaplain Jamillah Abdul Kareem, 718-658-7028 Ext. 129 or nyrc@icnarelief.org

River of Life Community Church, 7700 Woodman Rd, Henrico, VA 23228

https://www.rolccag.com/eslcafe

  • Cost: Free

  • Virtual/In-Person: In-Person

  • Day/Time: Thursdays @ 10-11 am & 7-8 pm

  • Schedule: Does NOT follow the school calendar

  • English Levels Offered: Beginner and Intermediate/Advanced

  • Childcare: No

  • Transportation: No

  • Contact: Peyton Harris, 804-266-6080 or office@rolccag.com

EAST END

Fairfield Library, 1401 North Laburnum Avenue, Henrico, VA 23223

https://henricolibrary-va.libcal.com/calendar?cid=12755&t=d&d=0000-00-00&cal=12755&inc=0

  • Cost: Free

  • Virtual/In-Person: Virtual

  • Day/Time: Tuesdays @ 10:00 am & Thursdays @ 6:00 pm

  • Schedule: January 4, 2022 - May 26, 2022

  • English Levels Offered: Beginner and Intermediate

  • Childcare: Not offered

  • Transportation: Not offered

  • Contact: William Perkins, 804-501-1930 or wperkins@henricolibrary.org

  • Notes: Conversation Cafe, practice speaking English in an informal setting, ages 16+

Highland Springs Adult Education Center, 201 E. Nine Mile Rd, Highland Springs, VA 23075

  • Cost: $70 registration and $35 for textbook. Credit card or money order only.

  • Virtual/In-Person: Virtual

  • Day/Time: September- December, Tuesdays and Thursdays, 9-11:30am, Mondays and Wednesdays, 6-8:30pm

  • Schedule: Hanover School Year calendar

  • English Levels Offered: N/A

  • Childcare: Not offered

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  • Transportation: Not offered

  • Contact: Angela Watson, 804-328-4095 or 804-641-3363, or Amgareau@henrico.k12.va.us

  • Notes: Bring 3-ring notebook, paper, pencils. Registration begin Aug 9.

  • Website: More information @ https://cpb-us-e2.wpmucdn.com/blogs.henrico.k12.va.us/dist/b/3155/files/2022/08/Henrico-Adult-Education-Fall-2022-Catalog-082222.pdf

Walnut Grove Baptist Church, 7046 Cold Harbor Rd, Mechanicsville, VA 23111

  • Cost: Free classes, students pay for books

  • Virtual/In-Person: In-person

  • Day/Time: Wednesdays @ 9:00 - 10:30 am ( Beginning September 14, 2022 to May 17, 2023)

  • Schedule: Hanover School Year calendar

  • English Levels Offered: Beginner (Maybe Intermediate or Advanced if we can get the teachers)

  • Childcare: Not offered

  • Transportation: Not offered

  • Contact: Frank + May Antkievicz, 804-746-4696 or franka2z@comcast.net.

SOUTHSIDE

Chester Christian Church, 4330 Curtis St. in Chester, VA

  • Cost: Free, books provided

  • Virtual/In-Person: In-Person

  • Day/Time: Fall semester runs September 11th- December 18th from 04:30- 6pm.

  • English Levels Offered: Three levels (beginner, intermediate and advanced)

  • Childcare: Yes

  • Transportation: Not offered

  • Contact: Jennifer Spraggins, 804-503-6596 or spragginsjn@gmail.com

  • Website: N/A

Bon Air Baptist Church, 2531 Buford Rd, N. Chesterfield, VA 23235

  • Cost: Free classes, $15 for books

  • Virtual/In-Person: In-person

  • Day/Time: September 15, Mondays @ 9:30-11:30 am & Wednesdays @ 6:00-7:15 pm

  • English Levels Offered: Intermediate & Advanced

  • Childcare: Yes

  • Transportation: Not offered

  • Contact: Amanda Ketterlinus, 804-272-1475 or amanda.ketterlinus@bonairbaptist.org

  • Notes: Beginner classes are full but will open back up in the Fall. Registration for morning classes will be held August 29 and 30 at 9:30am, and the first morning class will be held 9/12. Evening class registration will be September 7 with the first evening class September 14.

Chesterfield Career and Technical Center, 10101 Courthouse Rd, Chesterfield, VA 23832

https://www.chesterfield.gov/1509/ESL-Citizenship-Classes

  • Cost: $120

  • Virtual/In-Person: In-Person, Virtual and distance learning (self-paced)

  • Day/Time: Classes Start September 12-December 7 from 10-1 p.m (Mondays and Wednesdays)

    • DAY CLASS REGISTRATION DATES: AUGUST 29 and 31, 2022

      • Time 10:00-11:00 a.m. (80 students per day- FIRST COME/FIRST SERVE)

      • Bryant & Stratton College 8213 Hull Street Rd. (Academics Building), North Chesterfield, VA 23235

    • NIGHT CLASS REGISTRATION DATES: August 29, 30 and 31, 2022

      • Time 5:00-6:30 p.m. (135 students per day- FIRST COME, FIRST SERVE)

      • Meadowbrook High School 4901 Cogbill Road, North Chesterfield, VA 23234

  • English Levels Offered: Beginner-Advanced

  • Childcare: Not offered

  • Transportation: Not offered

  • Contact: Joyce Clements (Joyce_Clement@ccpsnet.net) or Melinda Dart (Melinda_Dart@ccpsnet.net)

  • Notes: Eight levels of ESL classes are available. Students will improve their reading, writing, listening, and speaking abilities. Registration takes 2 hours. Check or money order only, no cash. No late registration will be accepted. A MINIMUM enrollment of 10 students REQUIRED for each class.

Sacred Heart Center, South Richmond Office: 1400 Perry St, Richmond, VA 23224 & 4400 Beulah Rd, North Chesterfield, VA 23237

Adult Education Programs & Registration, https://shcrichmond.org/en/join-our-community/adult-education/#TOP

  • Cost: $10 registration fee, $40 book fee

  • Virtual/In-Person: Both

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  • Notes: These classes are subject to change if there is low enrollment.

  • Day/Time: Tues and Thurs, Virtual - 10:00-11:00 am & 6:00 -7:00 pm, In-person - 10:00 am-12:00 pm & 6:00-8:00 pm

  • Schedule: Hanover School Year calendar

  • English Levels Offered: All Levels

  • Childcare: Not offered

  • Transportation: Not offered

  • Contact: Carolina Lugo, Online/South Richmond: 804-396-2607 or regsitroshc@gmail.com // In-person/Chesterfield: ‪(804) 446-4639‬ or spencer_turner@shcrichmond.org

Swift Creek Baptist Church, 7511 N. Spring Run Rd, Midlothian, VA 23112

https://www.swiftcreekbaptist.org/esl/

  • Cost: Beginner A&B cost is $25 (student book & workbook). Intermediate & Advanced cost is $55 (student book, workbook & grammar book)

  • Virtual/In-Person: In-person

  • Day/Time: Thursdays, 6:00-8:00 pm

  • Schedule: September-June

  • English Levels Offered: All Levels

  • Childcare: Yes

  • Transportation: Not offered

  • Contact: David Pete, 804-748-0232 or davidapete@gmail.com

  • Notes: Placement interview during 1st visit to determine class level

Sycamore Presbyterian Church, 510 Coalfield Rd, Midlothian, VA 23114

  • Cost: Classes are free, $40 for books

  • Virtual/In-Person: In-person

  • Day/Time: Tuesdays, 9:30-11:45am (September to May)

  • Schedule: Registration day is Tuesday, September 13, but you can register any Tuesday after that and begin class the same day.

  • English Levels Offered: All Levels

  • Childcare: Yes

  • Transportation: Not offered

  • Contact: Sandra Learned, 804-794-0238 or slearned@sycamorepres.com

  • Notes: Placement interview during 1st visit to determine class level

WEST END

Commonwealth Catholic Charities, 1601 Rolling Hills Dr, Henrico, VA 23229

https://www.cccofva.org/resettlement-services

  • Cost: Free

  • Virtual/In-Person: In-Person

  • Day/Time: Tues/Thurs through end of November. 10:00am-12:00pm

  • Contact: 804-837-7216, Jenny Aghomo

  • Notes: CCC is now taking all community members looking to learn english regardless of whether they are CCC clients. Our in-person classes have rolling admissions, so all are welcome.

  • Childcare: Not offered

Grace Chinese Baptist Church of Richmond, 850 Broadstreet Rd, Manakin-Sabot, VA 23238

http://www.gcbcr.org/esl

  • Cost: Free

  • Virtual/In-Person: In-Person Starting 9/11/2022

  • Day/Time: Elementary Level - Sundays @ 1:30-2:30pm. Zoom ID: 875 3619 0015, Passcode: 223151 // Advanced level - Sundays @ 1:30-2:30pm. Zoom ID: 891 6252 4173, Passcode: helloesl

  • English Levels Offered: Beginner-Advanced

  • Childcare: Not offered

  • Transportation: Not offered

  • Contact: Carter Tan, 804-503-0779 or gcbcresl@gmail.com

Henrico County ESL

https://blogs.henrico.k12.va.us/adulteducation/esl-ela-courses/

  • Cost: Testing is free, $106 for the computer-based instruction program

  • Virtual/In-Person: In-Person and Virtual (Students will need a computer with Internet access. A tablet or iPad with Internet access or a smart phone can also be used.)

  • Location:

    • 7850 Carousel Ln, Richmond, VA 23294 – you can walk in for an evaluation test on Fridays at 10:00 am starting Jan 21

    • 201 E Nine Mile Rd, Highland Springs – you can walk in for an evaluation test on Mondays at 5:30 pm or Tuesdays at 9:00 am starting immediately.

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  • Day/Time:

    • Carousel Location

      • Monday/Wednesday: 9:00 am – 11:30 am

      • Tuesday/Thursday: 6:00 pm – 8:30 pm

    • Nine Mile Location

      • Tuesday/Thursday: 9:00 am – 11:30 am

      • Monday/Wednesday: 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

  • Schedule: A 70+ hour commitment is required. Classes will meet virtually twice a week.

  • English Levels Offered: All levels

  • Childcare: Not offered

  • Transportation: Not offered

  • Contact: Ann Gareau, amgareau@henrico.k12.va.us

  • Notes: Once you are evaluated to determine the proper level class, you are put on a waiting list. When there is an opening, you will be contacted. The two testing locations are also the two locations for classes

Islamic Center of Richmond, 8481 Hungary Rd, Glen Allen, VA 23060

  • Cost: Free

  • Virtual/In-Person: In-Person

  • Day/Time: Wednesday 5:30pm-6:30pm (Ladies) and 6:30pm-7:30pm (Men’s)

  • English Levels Offered: All levels

  • Childcare: Not offered

  • Transportation: Not offered

  • Contact: (804) 273-9292 or info@icrva.org

  • Registration Form: https://forms.gle/qdrQh9E86XdAUjMg9

  • Notes: Free English classes to improve speaking, listening, reading, writing, vocabulary development, and grammar. Instruction provides support for practical life skills.

Libbie Mill Library, 2100 Libbie Lake East St, Henrico, VA 23230

https://henricolibrary-va.libcal.com/calendar?cid=12755&t=d&d=0000-00-00&cal=12755&inc=0

  • Cost: Free

  • Virtual/In-Person: Virtual

  • Day/Time: Check the calendar for when the ESL Café are taking place

  • English Levels Offered: All levels

  • Childcare: Not offered

  • Transportation: Not offered

  • Contact: LibbieMillEvents@henricolibrary.org or 804-501-1940

  • Notes: An opportunity to practice speaking English in an informal setting. Registration is not required, but to attend participants must be 16 or older and be able to speak some English

Monument Heights Baptist Church, 5716 Monument Ave, Richmond, VA 23226

http://monumentheights.org/international-community

English Conversation Café meets on Tuesdays, 6:15-7pm.

  • Cost: $10 for registration. Tutoring available for pre-K through high school.

  • Childcare: Yes

  • Day/Time: ESL classes follow school calendar on Tuesdays, 7- 8:30pm. Contact: Julia Killian, 804-789-1283

Mount Vernon Adult Education Center, 7850 Carousel Ln, Henrico, VA 23294

http://www.henricoadulteducation.com/

  • Cost: Literacy and Level 1: $70.00 plus cost of book, Levels 2-5: $106 for cost of Burlington English Program

  • Virtual/In-Person: Both

  • Day/Time: Registration opens Aug 9, 2022

    • Nine Mile Rd Location: Tuesdays & Thursdays @ 9:00-11:30am, Mondays & Wednesdays @ 6:00-8:00pm

    • Mt. Vernon Location: Mondays & Wednesdays @ 9:00-11:30am, Tuesday & Thursday @ 6:00-8:30pm

  • Schedule: Henrico County Public School schedule

  • English Levels Offered: All levels

  • Childcare: Not offered

  • Transportation: Not offered

  • Contact: Ann Gareau, amgareau@henrico.k12.va.us

  • Notes: Registration is on Mondays @ 6:00pm and Tuesdays @ 9:00am, prepare to complete testing and pay fees (credit and debit only), you will need a government-issued ID with a photo, mask required, children under age 18 are not allowed at registration

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Second Baptist Church, 9614 River Rd, Richmond, VA 23229

https://secondbaptistrva.org/esl

  • Notes: Registration Open, In person registration will be available on Monday nights from September 12 – 28. After September 28, registration will be closed until January.

  • Contact: 804-740-7101 or info@secondbaptistrva.org

  • Schedule: Beginning on August 19 until September 23, registration will be available online and is strongly encouraged. Monday Nights from 7-9pm.

  • English Levels Offered: All levels

  • Childcare: Yes

  • Cost: One time fee of $25

  • Transportation: Not offered

St. Mary's Catholic Church, 9505 Gayton Rd, Henrico, VA 23229

https://www.stmarysrichmond.org/

  • Cost: Free ESL English classes

  • Day/Time: Wednesdays, 10-11:30am.

  • Childcare: No childcare.

  • Contact: Rebecca Oxenrider, (804-740-4044), roxenreider@stmarysrichmond.org

  • Notes: Beginning September 14 through May. Email- Jyoti@reestablishrichmond.org for registration form.

The LIBRE Initiative – VA, 9003 Quioccasin Rd, Henrico, VA 23229

  • Cost: Free ESL English classes for Spanish speakers

  • Day/Time: Thursdays 7-9pm.

  • Contact: General Inquiries: 703-224-3200 or info@beLIBRE.org

Tuckahoe Library, 1901 Starling Dr, Henrico, VA 23229

https://henricolibrary-va.libcal.com/event/6946912

  • Cost: Free English Conversation Café via WebX meetings + In-person

  • Virtual/In-Person: Virtual, In-Person Starting August 22nd 2022.

  • Day/Time: Mondays at 7pm

  • English Levels Offered: All levels

  • Childcare: Yes

  • Transportation: Not offered

  • Contact: Kimberly Bridges, Kbridges@henricolibrary.org or (804) 501-1929

  • Notes: In-person: Mon Aug 22, Sep 26, Oct 24, and Nov 28. Webex: Aug 15, Aug 29, Sep 19, Oct 17, Oct 31, Nov 21, and Dec 19. Links and instructions available at: henricolibrary.org/eslcafe


Ridge Baptist Church, 1515 Eastbridge Rd, Richmond, VA 23229

  • Date/ Time: Monday Evenings from 6:15pm to 8:00pm starting Aug 29,2022

  • Childcare: Not offered

  • Transportation: Not offered

  • English Levels Offered: All levels.

  • Notes: Agenda: Life in America, English Vocabulary, Stories from the Bible, Answers to Questions, Conversation club

  • Contact: Dave Fogg, 804-564-4052, or hdfogg@verizon.net

West End Assembly of God, 401 N. Parham Rd, Henrico, VA 23229

https://weag.church/ESL/

  • Cost: $30 textbook

  • Virtual/In-Person: In-Person

  • Day/Time: Beginning September 8: Thursdays @ 6:00-8:00pm

  • English Levels Offered: All levels

  • Childcare: Yes

  • Transportation: Not offered

  • Contact: Veena Bunyan, gvbunyan@gmail.com or 804-551-4624

West End Presbyterian Church, 9008 Quioccasin Rd, Henrico, VA 23229

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  • Date/Time: Tuesdays: 6PM - 8PM and Thursdays: 9:30AM - 11:30AM; only have openings for beginners class

  • Cost: 25$/person

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  • Contact: Heather Glissman, 804-741-6562 or heatheresl@wepc.org.

  • Childcare: Offered for $25/family (6 months - 5th grade)

  • Note: Waitlist is long, and spots are filled already.

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