Our English Language + Literacy Program (EL+LP) provides immigrants and refugees the chance to thrive in their new country by offering free one-on-one tutoring and life-skills-based conversation classes. We serve adults from diverse backgrounds and experiences from all over the world including Angola, Belarus, Burundi, The Democratic Republic of Congo, Djibouti, El Salvador, Ethiopia, Eritrea, Guatemala, Honduras, Iran, Iraq, Morocco, Rwanda, Russia, Somalia, South Korea,  South Sudan, Sudan, Syria and Vietnam.


new immigrants and refugees participate in the EL+LP program each year


of our students increase their English proficiency and enter the workforce


people volunteer annually to provide free literacy tutoring

ATTENTION!  We are currently offering virtual one-on-one tutoring sessions as well as conversation classes.  All EL+LP programming is happening online only until further notice.  

NOTICE: We are not accepting any new student or tutor applications until after January 11th.

The one-on-one English tutoring program offers:

  • FREE weekly sessions to improve speaking, literacy skills, reading, writing, and/or test prep based on the student’s level and stated goals
  • Individualized lessons from trained volunteers to help students gain the skills necessary to be independent in a new country
  • A tailored schedule to fit the student’s and tutor’s availability
  • Multiple meeting spaces at 181 Brackett Street
  • Focus on real-life situations to provide students with practical experience

Our “Job Ready” Conversation Classes offer:

  • Intermediate-level classes to improve on-the-job English speaking
  • Focus on oral communication for jobs + understanding cultural expectations of the American workplace
  • Experienced, caring teachers who provide lessons in conversation, vocabulary, and grammar
  • Opportunities to practice speaking in a safe, small-group environment
  • Guidance with resumes and job connections upon completion of the course

What is the weekly class schedule?

Classes begin October 5.

  • Morning option: Monday/Wednesday, 10:00 am to 11:30 am
  • Afternoon option: Monday/Wednesday, 4:00 pm to 5:30 pm

Where do the classes take place?

  • Classes will be held virtually on Zoom

How do I become a student?

  • To apply for one-on-one tutoring or conversation class, you must be at least 18 years old.
  • You can use our online application (button below), or email ellp@learningworks.me

Program Partners

Maine Department of Education
Portland Adult Education
Greater Portland Immigrant Welcome Center
City of Portland ESoL Collaborative
The Opportunity Alliance
Portland Public Library
Portland Office of Economic Opportunity