Our English Language + Literacy (ELL) program provides immigrants, refugees, and their families the chance to thrive in our country by offering free English language instruction, one-on-one tutoring, and cultural literacy skills. Our classrooms include adults from diverse backgrounds and experiences from all over the world including Angola, Barbados, Brazil, Burundi, Cameroon, China, Congo, Djibouti, El Salvador, Ethiopia, Eritrea, Guatemala, Honduras, Iran, Iraq, Italy, Jamaica, Lebanon, Philippines, Rwanda, Russia, Somalia, South Korea, Sudan, Taiwan, Thailand, Ukraine, and Vietnam.


new immigrants and refugees participate in the ELL program each year


of our students increase their English proficiency and enter the workforce


people volunteer annually to provide free literacy tutoring

The English Language + Literacy Program offers:

  • Individualized learning programs to gain the skills necessary to be independent in a new country
  • Focus on real-life situations to provide students with the practical experience
  • Learner-centered, context-based lessons geared to students at varying levels from a variety of countries and cultures
  • Communication skills that enable students to understand spoken English, be understood by others, read with comprehension, and express themselves in written form

What is the weekly class schedule?

  • Level 1: Tuesday, Thursday 9:15 am to 12:15 pm
  • Level 2: Monday, Wednesday 9 am to 12 pm
  • Level 3: Monday, Wednesday 5 PM to 8 pm

Where do the classes take place?

  • 181 Brackett Street in Portland

How do I become a student?

To qualify for our program, you must be at least 18 years old with English reading ability below the 8th-grade level and have a desire to increase your literacy and/or English skills. To sign up, use our online application (button below), or come to our office at 181 Brackett Street between 8:00 am and 3:30 pm to complete an application in person. Once we process your application, we will contact you for an interview.


Program Partners

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