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Also known as English Language Acquisition (ELA) or English as a Second Language (ESL)

If you want to learn to speak and read in English better in safe and friendly surroundings, you are in the right place. All of HCPL English-learning classes are taught by trained volunteer tutors and are completely free of charge. We provide all the materials. All you need is a desire to learn.

English Language Learning

Take an English Class
Learn English at your Library!
Volunteer to become a English Language Acquisition Tutor
We provide the training and all of the teaching materials. You provide your time.

No teaching experience or second language skills necessary.

Get started: Tutor registration form

Want more information about tutoring at HCPL?

Contact our Literacy Specialist or call 713-274-6600 



Frequently Asked Questions: Learning English

How much does it cost?

Classes are free. We also provide all books and materials at no cost to you.

What time are classes held? 

It varies from location to location. Call your nearest HCPL branch library for class schedules, or contact the Literacy Services Specialist: (713) 274-6600.

How do I register for a class?

Visit the library to fill out a short registration form

How long are classes? 

Most classes meet once a week for two hours. Most courses last 12 or 16 weeks.

How safe is my registration information?

All of your information at HCPL is confidential. We do not share it with anyone.

How many people will be in the class?

It varies. Most classes have from 1 to 10 students