Free ESL Classes for San Diego County, CA



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We offer free ESL English classes at each of these locations below.

Be sure to contact the person named below to confirm the days and times for classes, and to find out if space is available.

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AL1. Alpine County Library, 1752 Alpine Blvd.

Mary Harris: prefers text to 619-490-9386; otherwise email to; 1-on-1 and small group tutoring at various times




BON1. Bonita-Sunnyside Branch Library, 4375 Bonita Road

Thursdays 10:00 am-Noon


Borrego Springs


BOR1. Borrego Springs Literacy Center

Elaine McVey (; Tutoring at various locations and times




CAR1. Carlsbad Literacy Center, Pilgrim United Church of Christ, 2020 Chestnut Avenue

Joan Grover (; Tuesdays 7:00-9:00 pm and Thursdays 9:00-11:00 am


Chula Vista


CV1. Chula Vista Literacy Center, Community Congregational Church, 276 “F” Street

Erika Dennis (, Sue MacDonald (; Mondays 7:00-9:00 pm


El Cajon


EC1. El Cajon Library, 201 E Douglas Avenue


EC2. EMASS - Union of Pan Asian Communities, Elder Multicultural Access & Support Services, 343 East Main Street

Salwa Yalda (; Wednesdays and Fridays 10:00 am-12:00 noon




EN1. San Dieguito Literacy Center

San Dieguito Methodist Church

170 Calle Magdalena

Laurie Martin (

Mondays 7:00-9:00 pm and Tuesdays 9:00-11:00 am

1-on-1 and small group classes for all levels


EN2. Encinitas Literacy Center, Encinitas Library, 540 Cornish Drive

Jennifer Quilkey (, Susan McClain (
M/onWed/Fri 10:30-12 (Beginning); Tue/Thur/Fri 9:30-11:30 (Low-Intermediate); Tuesdays 4-6 (Low-Intermediate); Thur/Fri 9:30-11:30 (Beginning); Thursdays 5-6 (Intermediate); Thursdays 6-730 (English Cafe “News for You" offered through SDCL)

Walt Wrobleski tutors his class in ESL at Encinitas Literacy Center.




F1. Fallbrook Library, 124 South Mission Road

Lana Smith (; Classes Mondays and Thursdays between 10:00 am and 3:00 pm; Tuesdays 6:30-8:00 pm; Wednesdays 11:00 am-1:00 pm and 1:30-3:00 pm

Fallbrook Library tutors: Lana Smith (left), Joan Coapman,
Sandy Cooper, Rusty Anderson, and Margie Mosavi


F2. Fallbrook Literacy Center, Christ the King Lutheran Church, 1620 S. Stage Coach Lane

Mondays 7:00-8:30 pm (Sept-June); 1-on-1 tutoring available; Supervised learning with Rosetta Stone® language software available; Pat Hensley (


La Jolla


LJ1. La Jolla English Language Center, La Jolla Presbyterian Church, 7715 Draper Avenue

Marc Angel (; Tuesdays 7:00-8:30 pm


Lemon Grove


LG1. Lemon Grove Branch Library, 3001 School Lane

Julie Rone (; Beginner: Mondays and Wednesdays 10:30 am-Noon and  4:00-5:00 pm; Low Intermediate:  Tuesdays and Wednesdays  2:00-4:00 pm; High intermediate: Tuesdays and Thursdays 10:00 am-Noon


Linda Vista


LV1. ACCESS, Inc., 2612 Daniel Avenue, San Diego

Julieta Gonzales (; Tuesdays and Thursdays 6:00-8:00 pm


LV2. Bayside Literacy Center, Linda Vista Library, 2160 Ulric Street, San Diego

Katie Pedersen (; Mondays 9:15-11:15 am (Advanced conversation); Tuesdays 9:30-11:00 am (Advanced); Wednesdays 9:15-11:15 am (Advanced conversation); Thursdays 10-11:30 am (Intermediate); Fridays 10-11:30 am (Intermediate)

Placement testing by appointment Monday or Thursday 11:30 am




POR1. Potrero Public Library, 24883 Potrero Valley Road

Berlyne Arteaga (; Wednesdays 10:00 am-Noon and 5:30-7:30 pm




POW1. Poway Library, 13137 Poway Road

Alex & Kathy Fousek (; 1-on-1 and small group tutoring during library hours




RAM1. Ramona Branch Library, 1275 Main Street

Sonia Scanlan (; 2-hour small group classes on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday mornings

Call the Library at (760) 788-5270 to schedule a placement test


Rancho Bernardo


RB1. Rancho Bernardo Literacy Center, RB Community Presbyterian Church, 17010 Pomerado Road, San Diego

Nancy Anderson (; Mondays 9:15-11:15 am (from September to June)

A Rancho Bernardo student becomes

A U.S. citizen


Rancho Penasquitos


RP1. Penasquitos Literacy Center, Penasquitos Lutheran Church, 14484 Penasquitos Drive, San Diego

Bobbi Rastle (; Margaret Hardy (; Small group tutoring Tuesdays 9:30 am-Noon


San Diego


SD1. 4S Ranch Branch Library, 10433 Reserve Drive

Karin Lorbeck  (; Tuesdays 8:30 am (Intermediate/Advanced); Wednesdays 8:30 am (Intermediate); 2nd & 4th Thursdays 8:30 am (Intermediate/Advanced); Thursdays 1:30 pm (Beginning)


SD2. Clairemont Literacy Center, Clairemont Lutheran Church, 4271 Clairemont Mesa Blvd.

Nancy King (; 1-on-1 tutoring available


SD3. Chollas/Mead Elementary School, 4525 Market Street

Lynn Owens (, text 619-592-1818 or call 858-566-7717); Valentina Jones-Wagner (, text or call 619-379-0890); Wednesdays October to May except school holidays: 9:15-10:45 am in the Parents Room

Mostly low to intermediate beginner classes


SD4. Salvation Army Kroc Community Center, 6845 University Avenue

Sylvia Nasri (; Vivien Isom (; Tuesdays and Fridays 9:30-11:30 am in the Education Building


San Marcos


SM1. San Marcos Branch Library, 2 Civic Center Drive

Doreen Poling (; Conversation café Wednesdays 9:30-11:15 am; Tutoring Mondays and Wednesdays 3:30 to 4:30 pm; Tuesdays 10:30-11:30 am; Thursdays 10:30-11:30 am and 6:30-8:00 pm


Spring Valley


SV1. Casa de Oro Branch Library, 9805 Campo Road #180

Wednesdays 4:00-5:30 pm; Library manager Allyson O’Brien ( or 619-463-3236


Valley Center


VC1. Valley Center Branch Library, 29100 Cole Grade Road

Barbara Emson (; Tuesdays and Thursdays 6:00-7:45 pm




VIS1. East Vista Literacy Center, Vista Library, 700 Eucalyptus Avenue

Marti Hause (, call or text 760-415-7576); For Spanish call or text Julio Maif: 760-643-6326

Classes Thursdays 10:00-11:30 am and some 1-on-1 tutoring