ESL Classes

English as a Second Language Basics and Beyond

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Improve your language skills at the library! Join us for English as a Second Language lessons and games in a fun and welcoming environment. Starting September 15, in-person classes will be held at our North Suffolk branch Wednesdays at 9:30 am. You can also register online to join us virtually. After registering you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the class on Zoom.

Be sure to join us for two very special classes, October 27 and December 15 will go on a field trip or host a guest speaker. The field trips are a great way to get to Suffolk and practice using English in the real world. We have visited a pharmacy, a bank, a hair salon, and Kohl's department store. Come to class to find out where we will go next!

September 15 at 9:30 - 10:30 AM

September 22 at 9:30 - 10:30 AM 

September 29 at 9:30 - 10:30 AM 

October 6 at 9:30 - 10:30 AM  

October 13 at 9:30 - 10:30 AM 

October 20 at 9:30 - 10:30 AM 

October 27 at 9:30 - 10:30 AM  *field trip 

November 3 at 9:30 - 10:30 AM  

November 10 at 9:30 - 10:30 AM  

November 17 at 9:30 - 10:30 AM  

November 24 -- no class

December 1 at 9:30 - 10:30 AM 

December 8 at 9:30 - 10:30 AM 

December 15 at 9:30 - 10:30 AM  *field trip


English Conversation Group

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Want to improve your English? Join other English as a Second Language learners to increase your vocabulary and speaking skills over casual conversation.

This group meets twice a month over Zoom.  Use this link to register for the meeting on Zoom. After you have completed the registration, you will receive an email with more information about joining the meeting.

Saturday, September 18 at 1:00 - 2:00 PM

Saturday,  October 2 at 1:00 - 2:00 PM 

Saturday,  October 16 at 1:00 - 2:00 PM 

Saturday, November 6 at 1:00 - 2:00 PM

Saturday, November 20 at 1:00 - 2:00 PM

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More Local Resources 

The Suffolk Literacy Council can connect you with a volunteer tutor in the community to learn and practice English. Click this link for more information.

Chesapeake Public Library offers an online English Conversation Club. They meet Tuesdays 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM and Wednesdays 3:00-4:00 PM. Click this link for more information.

Virginia Beach Public Library offers an online English Conversation Club. They meet on Wednesdays at 2:30 - 3:30 PM. Click this link for more information.

The College and Career Academy at Prudent offers English classes for adults pursuing a Grade Equivalency Degree (GED). The classes meet Monday and Wednesday at 6:00 - 8:30 PM. You must pay tuition for classes at Pruden. Click this link for more information. 

Uninsured and need healthcare? Western Tidewater Free Clinic may be able to help you. 

¿No está asegurado y necesita atención médica? Western Tidewater Clinic posiblemente puede ayudarle!

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Universal Class

Universal Class is an  online learning platform  that offers  ESL Basic Grammar, ESL Basic Writing Skills, and ESL Grammar Skills courses 1 through 5. It also includes a US Citizenship test preparation course. Courses are all in English with both written and video presentations of the material. What you need: Suffolk Public Library card number.

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World Languages Collection

Explore books for all ages in multiple languages including language learning kits! These books are available to check out with your library card.

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