What are English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) classes?

There are many ESOL classes available in the St. Louis region that help adult individuals learn English at various levels.

How do I choose an English class?

The New American Alliance (NAA) provides the resources to allow individuals to select the most appropriate and best available location for ESOL classes for them.

Things to know when exploring English classes:

  • ESOL classes funded by Missouri’s Department of Elementary and Secondary Education, under Adult Education & Literacy, are free and open to any adult who is at least 17 years old. Programs vary in duration, frequency, levels offered per week, dates, attendance requirements, etc. Adult students who would like to enroll in these programs need to contact each program directly for specific information.
  • ESOL classes offered at area colleges/universities may have a cost. U.S. residents may be able to apply for financial aid. Non-permanent residents must apply to enter the U.S. on a student visa to attend approved colleges and universities as full-time students. Please contact the international admissions personnel at the respective college/university for further details.
  • Contact the college or university directly to learn more about that institution’s specific enrollment requirements and financial aid opportunities. (Note: Enrollment in classes outside of approved universities does not meet F-1 student visa requirements.)
  • One-on-one tutoring options are also available in St. Louis. Many educators recommend that students supplement classes with tutoring, but these cannot replace the benefit of being in class multiple days per week.