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.

Who We Serve

ESL classes are for students who speak other languages and want to learn English. Classes are for all levels, from new immigrants with limited English skills to students preparing for work or college. Classes are designed for adults to learn at their own pace, guided by classroom teachers who are trained to teach adults.

All area residents who are 18 years and older and need to improve their English language skills are welcome to attend.

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

  • Six levels of classes
  • Qualified, experienced, professional teachers
  • Encouraging, supportive atmosphere
  • Self-paced learning
  • Small class size


  • Morning classes: Monday, Wednesday, and Friday or Tuesday and Thursday mornings, 9:00 AM – 12:00 PM
  • Evening classes: Monday and Wednesday evenings or Tuesday and Thursday evenings, 6:30 PM – 8:30 PM
  • Six-week summer program is offered in July and August. Classes meet on Monday and Wednesday mornings or evenings. There is also a once a week conversation group for higher level students during the summer.

How to Enroll

At registration, students will be asked to complete a registration form, take a speaking test and reading test, and get a class placement.  The process takes about 1 hour. Children are not allowed at registration.


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: