Other Ways to Learn English

For more information: 971-722-4903

Portland Community College

PCC Class Schedule
Look in the Credit section under English for Speakers of Other Languages.
Look in the Non-Credit section under Languages for Survival English, ESL Grammar, and Accent Reduction.
GED in Spanish
Call for information: 971-722-6219 or 971-722-6255
Tele-course
Web based ESL Grammar: tuition & fee: 971-722-6619, PCC Community Ed Online Instruction Center
GED online: must go through overview and placement at a PCC Campus. Call 971-722-6255 for information.

Clackamas Community College

Harmony Campus
7738 SE Harmony Road, Milwaukie. Mon-Thurs, 6-9pm. Placement test fee: $25. Gloria Castaneda: 503-594-0638 or Marina Drozdova: 503-594-0637
Oregon City Campus
19600 Molalla Ave, Oregon City. Mon-Fri, 9am-1pm, multilevel. Placement test fee: $25. Nena Monterroza: 503-594-3234, nenam@clackamas.edu

Gresham

El Programa Hispano
138 NE 3rd St, Suite 140, Gresham. ESL & citizenship classes at main office, Hall Elementary, and East Gresham Elementary. Free, academic year. Laura Hernandez, 503-492-6726, hernandez139@gresham.k12.or.us
Mt. Hood Community College
Main Campus 26000 SE Stark St, Gresham. Separated levels, $15-30, register for term. mhcc.edu, 503-491-7333, Español 503-491-7675

Washington County

Beaverton Literacy Council
Class locations: Beaverton Community Center, Bethel Congregational United Church of Christ, Greenway Elementary, Murray Hills Christian Church, Beaverton. ESL, citizenship classes, and book group. Five levels. $40 per year plus $35 for book (fees can be reduced for financial need). Placement test for new students. See placement test and class schedules: www.beavertonliteracy.org, 503-520-8764.
Cornelius-Centro Cultural
1174/1110 N Adair St., Cornelius. ESL, ABE & GED classes, 6- to 11-week terms, $40, Spanish speakers only. Child care $2 per child per class. 503-359-0446, centroinfo@centrocultural.org.
Hurtado Center at Jesuit High School
Javier Hall, 9000 SW Beaverton Hillsdale Hwy, Portland. ESL & Citizenship classes, $25 fee for 10-week course. www.jesuitportland.org, Chely Castillo: 503-291-5482.
Ingles Para Trabajadores Agricolas
Hillsboro. For people who have worked on farms in the last two years and their dependents. ESL (incl. Rosetta Stone and help paying for classes at PCC), job training, and employment information. Year-round. Danielle Briggs 503-640-5496, danielle.briggs@ohdc.org.
 
PCC Rock Creek
Volunteer Literacy Tutoring Program, serving Aloha/Rock Creek. ESL, ABE/GED & possibly Citizenship.  971-722-2578.
PCC Willow Creek
Volunteer Literacy Tutor Program, serving West Washington County and Hillsboro. ESL classes, and possibly INEA Spanish Literacy & Citizenship. One-to-one and small group tutoring. Tracy Buseman-Carlstrom: 971-722-2516.
PCC MAP (Multicultural Academic Program) 
    Rock Creek Campus, ESL, GED & high school completion. Ages 16-20. Coordinator: 971-722-6213 or pccprep@pcc.edu, Mathilda Lee (Chinese-speaking) 971-722-6110, Emma Zwaschka (Russian-speaking) 971-722-6029, Vanessa Hernandez (Español) 971-722-6219.
 
St. Bartholomew Church
11265 SW Cabot, Beaverton. Evening ESOL classes, 10-week terms. Four levels, $5 registration fee, register at class. Free childcare. 503-644-3468, pippa@stbarthbeaverton.org.
Village ESOL
Village Baptist Church, 330 SW Murray Blvd., Beaverton, Multilevel, $10 registration plus book fee, Free classes and childcare, Class Flyer on Village website; Nanci Leiton, 503-716-5748, nancil@vbconline.org.

Portland area

Portland ESL Network
A reliable, up-to-date network that shares information and locations of ESL programs in the Portland area: visit Portland ESL Network

Downtown Portland

English in Action
A program for English conversation practice. First Congregational Church, 1137 SW Broadway.

(BACK DOOR, at corner of Broadway and Madison). Free, no registration required, Saturdays, 9am, academic year only. Wendy Shaw, 503-227-8191, portlandenglish@gmail.com.

North and Northeast Portland

 
IRCO
10301 NE Glisan St, Portland. A variety of ESL services to qualified refugee families through referral only. www.irco.org, 503-234-1541.
Multnomah University
8435 NE Glisan St, Portland. Mitchell Library Classroom L110. Multilevel ESL, free, open-entry. Kristen Hubert, 503-251-6412, khubert@multnomah.edu.
PCC MAP (Multicultural Academic Program)
Cascade Campus, ESL, GED & high school completion. Ages 16-20. Coordinator: pccprep@pcc.edu or 971-722-6213, Mathilda Lee (Chinese-speaking) 971-722-6110, Emma Zwaschka (Russian-speaking) 971-722-6029, Vanessa Hernandez (Spanish-speaking) 971-722-2915.
PCC Cascade Volunteer Literacy Tutor Program
705 N. Killingsworth, TH 108d, Portland. Volunteer Literacy Tutor Program. ABE/GED, ESL & Citizenship. One-to-one and small-group tutoring. Sara Packer, 971-722-5373 (Fri. only), sara.packer@pcc.edu.
Trinity Lutheran Church
5520 NE Killingsworth, Portland. Beg. & intermed. ESL, Thurs, 7-8:30pm, mid-Sept–May.  Free, open-entry. Child care available. Fred Kramer: fdkramer@msn.com.

Southeast Portland

Goodwill Services
1943 SE 6th Ave, Portland. Separated levels, free. Visit administrative offices and take a placement test to register. www.meetgoodwill.org/services/esl. David Cassaday: 503-238-6173, Aaron Schwartz: 503-238-6196. 
PCC Southeast Volunteer Literacy Tutor Program
Volunteer Literacy Tutor Program. ABE/GED/ESL & possibly Citizenship.  One-to-one & small group tutoring. 2850 SE 82nd Ave, Library 218, Portland. Kathleen Holloway, 971-722-6280, khollowa@pcc.edu.
 
 
PCC MAP (Multicultural Academic Program)
PCC Prep Center, 2305 SE 82nd & Division, Portland. ESL, GED & high school completion. Ages 16-20. pccprep@pcc.edu or 971-722-6213, Mathilda Lee (Chinese-speaking) 971-722-6110, Emma Zwaschka (Russian-speaking) 971-722-6029, Vanessa Hernandez (Español) 971-722-2915.
Russian Oregon Social Services
4033 SE Woodstock Blvd, Portland.  ESL and self-sufficiency classes for women Russian speakers. Serves Russian-speaking community. Classes ongoing throughout the year. 503-777-3437.
 
SE Works
Work Source Portland Metro Southeast, 7916 SE Foster Rd. #104, Portland. ESL classes, multilevel, free, individual tutoring.  Weekly ESL computer lab, quarterly conversation potlucks, content-specific group classes, year-round. www.seworks.org. Blair Orfall, 503-772-2341, borfall@seworks.org.  

Southwest and Northwest Portland and Tigard

PCC Sylvania Volunteer Literacy Tutoring Program
Volunteer Literacy Tutoring Program. One-to-one and small group tutoring. ABE/GED, ESL and possibly Citizenship. Kay Talbot:  971-722-4903.
PCC MAP (Multicultural Academic Program)
Sylvania Campus, ESL, GED & high school completion. Ages 16-20. Coordinator: pccprep@pcc.edu or 971-722-6213, Mathilda Lee (Chinese-speaking) 971-722-6110, Emma Zwaschka (Russian-speaking) 971-722-6029, Vanessa Hernandez (Spanish-speaking) 971-722-291.
 
St Anthony's Middle School
9905 SW McKenzie, Tigard. Multilevel ESL classes, free, no childcare, Tues. & Thurs. eves, 10-week terms. Derene Meurisse 503-590-5582, or Marco Espinoza (Español) 503-639-4179 ext.129.
Sunset Presbyterian Church
14986 NW Cornell Rd, Portland. East Entrance. Six Levels, $10 registration, $25 for book (reused each term). Free childcare & children's classes: infants-5th. SunsetESL@sunsetpres.org, 503-292-9293 ext. 3097.
Tigard Senior Center: 503-620-4613
8815 SW O’Mara St, Tigard. ESL classes and Citizenship tutoring. Separated levels, free, open entry. Kris Magaurn: kmagaurn@pcc.edu, 503-620-4613.
Tigard United Methodist Church
9845 SW Walnut Pl, Tigard. Free ESL classes, 3 levels, open-entry, 10 week terms. Free childcare. Paul Colligan 971-275-3775 (English), Rosemary Carleson 503-635-6505 (Español).

Other Citizenship Classes

Contact your local library. Classes may vary from location to location and term to term.

Other

  • Check bookstores, public and college libraries for books, cassette tapes and video tapes to help you learn.
  • Powell’s Bookstores
    • Beaverton: 3415 SW Cedar Hills Blvd., 503-228-4651
    • Portland: 1005 W Burnside, 503-228-4651
  • US Dept. of Education website - USA Learns, a free site for adults to learn English or improve basic reading, writing, speaking and life skills.

Revised on April 15, 2014