Overview of the Program

Students from all over the world learn language skills through speaking, listening, reading, and writing in our English as a Second Language (ESL) classes.  They connect with each other to support each other while learning English.  Students also learn academic, communication, and workplace skills they need to be successful in their lives.  The Adult Learning Center welcomes all students who want to learn English.  Please enjoy the Welcoming Video our students created to welcome new students to the school.

Note: Classes for the 2020-2021 school year will be online.  We will be offering some in-person services by appointment.

Who We Serve

We serve all adult students whose first language is not English.  Classes are for all levels, from new immigrants with limited English skills to students preparing for work or college.  Classes are  All students must:

• Be 18 or older,

• Not currently be enrolled in high school, and

• Live within 25 miles of Nashua, NH.


What We Offer

  • ESL Literacy:  A Literacy class is for those who can't read or write in their native language and who don't speak English.
  • Beginner ESL:  Beginner classes are for students speak, read, write, and understand very little English. Students learn basic survival English.
  • Intermediate ESL:  Intermediate classes give students an opportunity to improve their listening, speaking, reading, and writing skills.
  • Advanced ESL:  The Advanced class is for students who have good communication skills and may be preparing for work or post-secondary education.
  • Citizenship Preparation:  Adults who have met the criteria for citizenship are offered free preparation classes three times a year.  The classes meet once a week for six weeks in the afternoon or evening. Students need to be able to speak and read some English.

Program Highlights

  • Morning classes via Zoom
  • Evening classes via Zoom
  • Work at your own pace classes
  • Six levels of classes
  • Rolling enrollment during the school year
  • Encouraging, supportive environment
  • Technology support for online learning
  • Individualized instruction
  • Six-week summer session
  • College and career planning help
  • Access to counselor to help overcome barriers to education
  • Workplace classes onsite for employers (available for fee)

How to Register

Registration for fall classes will begin on August 16, 2021.

Step 1:  Summer ESL classes are full, so registration is now closed.  The registration form for online and in-person fall classes will be posted here from August 16 to September 9.

Step 2: You will be contacted by a staff member to complete the registration process.  Depending on the time of year, this may take up to 1 week.

Step 3: You will take a placement test in speaking and reading.  This helps us to understand your current level and place you in the best class.  

Step 4: You will receive your class placement information after you complete the test.

Step 5: Your teacher will contact you during the week prior to your class start date.



Classes are free.  Books will be provided to students who attend at least 12 hours of class.


For more information, call Enrollment Coordinator Anya Vandiver at 603-921-9590, or email registration@nashuaalc.org.

Or call the Director of Adult Education, Lauren Osowski at 603-882-9080 x2206, or email losowski@nashuaalc.org.

More information is also available at the NH State website: