Our English Language + Literacy (ELL) program 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.

200+

new immigrants and refugees participate in the ELL program each year

80%

of our students increase their English proficiency and enter the workforce

100+

people volunteer annually to provide free literacy tutoring

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

Conversation Classes offer:

  • Beginner and advanced levels at morning and night
  • Opportunities to develop oral fluency in a safe and welcoming group environment
  • Experienced teachers who provide lessons in conversation, vocabulary, and grammar
  • Life-skills topics, guest speakers and information sessions to help immigrants understand cultural expectations and practices in the U.S.

What is the weekly class schedule?

Classes begin September 10 and will take place in the morning and evening at 181 Brackett Street. Scheduling details coming soon.

Where do the classes take place?

  • 181 Brackett Street in Portland

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 come to our office at 181 Brackett Street between 8:00 am and 5:00 pm to complete an application in person. Once we process your application, we will contact you for an interview.
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Program Partners

Maine Department of Education
Gateway Community Services
Portland Adult Education
Portland Empowered
Portland Public Library
Portland Office of Economic Development