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Free English classes in Somerset County

Learn English

Find free classes and friendly teachers.

Registration for 2024 classes has closed

Be a Volunteer ESL Tutor

Need More Information?

The Literacy Navigator can help find the right program for you.
Call (English & Spanish)

908.864.4936

Email: snieves@literacysomerset.org

Free English-language classes for adults are offered by several different agencies and organizations in Somerset County and Hunterdon County. Registration for 2024 classes has closed, and classes have resumed. These providers are also part of the Greater Raritan Workforce Development Board Literacy Committee, which seeks to provide a central place for English-language learners. As part of this ongoing effort, the partners, with the fiscal support of Somerset County, are offering additional class, small group and tutoring opportunities and are working with a Literacy Navigator who helps individuals connect to the right program.

Do you want a better job?
Do you need help reading a menu?
Do you need help writing emails?
Do you want to speak to your doctor?

Our English lessons can help.
And you will learn so much more – for free.

First Steps Basic English

Classes for Beginners Only

Six classes and seven small groups around Somerset County:

  • Bernardsville
  • Bound Brook
  • Franklin Township - two sites
  • North Plainfield
  • Raritan Borough
  • ESL tutors from the Literacy Volunteers of Somerset County host small groups in Manville, North Plainfield, Raritan Borough and Somerville, and three via Zoom.

Somerset County is funding this program to teach English language to adults for free. Called First Steps Basic English, the 18-month pilot program running through December 2024 is being overseen by the Greater Raritan Workforce Development Board in partnership with the Literacy Volunteers of Somerset County, Raritan Valley Community College and Hunterdon County Educational Services Commission.

English Classes for All Levels

In-person and Virtual Options

Raritan Valley Community College
Learn English, Includes Job Certification Programs

For more information visit:
Free Adult Literacy Program | Community Resources
Raritan Valley Community College, NJ
908-526-1200, ext. 8686
Bonnie.Scharf@raritanval.edu

Hunterdon County Educational Services Commission
Learn English, Basic Computer Skills, and High School Equivalency

For more information visit:
Adult Programs (hunterdonesc.org)
908-541-5781
adultliteracy@hunterdonesc.org

English Tutoring - Conversation
Groups – Citizenship Preparation

In-person and Virtual Options. You choose the time and place.

Literacy Volunteers of Somerset County
Customized lessons help you reach your goals.

For more information visit:
www.literacysomerset.org/students
908-725-5430
info@literacysomerset.org

To reach out to the Literacy Navigator for the program, contact:

Literacy Volunteers of Somerset
County, PeopleCare Center

Room 250A
120 Finderne Ave., Box #7
Bridgewater, NJ 08807
908-864-4936
www.literacysomerset.org

For more information on career-related services available from the Greater Raritan Workforce Development Board and its partners, contact:

Greater Raritan Workforce
Development Board

27 Warren Street, Third floor
Somerville, NJ 08876
908-541-5790
www.thegrwdb.org

Other Resources:

Libraries
(offer free ELL classes, notary services, computer & internet access, & low cost photocopying)

Somerset County Library System of New Jersey
https://sclsnj.org

Bernards Township Public Library
https://www.bernardslibrary.org

Bernardsville Public Library
https://www.bernardsvillelibrary.org

Clarence Dillon Public Library, Bedminster
https://www.dillonlibrary.org

Franklin Township Public Library
https://www.franklintwp.org

Raritan Public Library
https://raritanlibrary.org

Legal Services & Immigration Information

United States Citizenship & Immigration Services
https://www.uscis.gov

Casa de Esperanza
http://www.casaesperanzanj.com

El Centro Hispanoamericano
https://elcentronj.org

Catholic Charities of Metuchen - Immigration Services
https://www.ccdom.org

Food Banks

Food Bank Network of Somerset County
https://www.somersetfoodbank.org

Franklin Food Bank
https://franklinfoodbank.org

Social Services
(food, health insurance & housing assistance)

Somerset County Social Services
https://www.co.somerset.nj.us/government/affiliated-agencies/social-services

NJ Helps
https://www.njhelps.gov

Home of Somerset County
https://www.homescnj.org

Free or Low Cost Medical Care

Zufall
https://www.zufallhealth.org

Neighborhood Health Services
https://www.nhscnj.orgh

Emergency Medical Care

RWJ University Hospital Somerset
https://www.rwjbh.org/rwj-university-hospital-somerset

Workforce Development & Job Placement

Greater Raritan Workforce Development Board
https://www.thegrwdb.org

Technology Training

Greater Raritan Workforce Development Board, SkillUp https://www.thegrwdb.org

Somerset County Library System of New Jersey
Introductory Computer Classes (in person) in Spanish & English http://www.sclsnj.org

Northstar Digital Literacy (offered through the Somerset County Library System)
https://www.digitalliteracyassessment.org/launch-from/16042-8NE2-somerset-county-library-system

Domestic Violence Support

Safe & Sound Somerset
https://safe-sound.org

English Lessons

Somerset County
https://literacysomerset.org

Raritan Valley Community College
https://raritanval.edu

Hunterdon County Educational Services Commission
https://www.hunterdonesc.org/hcesc

Greater Raritan Workforce Development Board Literacy
Committee
Resource Flyer – English and Spanish

Become a Volunteer ESL Tutor

Teach English

Dedicated volunteer ESL tutors consistently make a positive difference for adult students of various proficiency levels. Whether fostering cultural understanding, building confidence or sharing practical life and employment skills, they empower students to integrate successfully into their new job and community with a better command of the English language.

Together, word by word, join the Literacy Volunteers of Somerset County in building bridges to brighter futures.

Do you like meeting people from other cultures?

Are you looking for a rewarding volunteer experience?

Can you read, write & speak English?

You can be an ESL tutor!
Training is provided.

Free ESL Classes in Somerset County

Learn English for better opportunities. The First Steps Basic English Literacy Navigator will call you with more information.

Be a Volunteer ESL Tutor in Somerset County

Enhance lives, families, and careers by volunteering as an ESL tutor. Register for an Information Session and speak with a Literacy Volunteers of Somerset County team member about next steps.

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