English language support

Portland area

Multnomah County Library

Multnomah County Library offers a wide range of classes, conversation groups and learning materials based on both speaking and writing. Whether you're trying to learn English for the first time or you're working to improve your existing skills, this is a great first step. These classes are located in several locations around the Portland area and are free of charge.

View class listing for descriptions, schedules and, locations

                        Portland ESL Network

                        Portland ESL Network sharing resources for English language learners. This website helps find resources at local churches, public schools, non-profits, social services, community colleges & universities, businesses, and libraries.

                        View the website for resources and maps

                        Downtown Portland

                        English in Action

                        A program for English conversation practice. First Congregational Church, 1137 S.W. Broadway.

                        • (BACK DOOR, at corner of Broadway and Madison). Free, no registration required, Saturdays, 9am, academic year only.
                        • Contact: Wendy Shaw, 503-227-8191, portlandenglish@gmail.com.

                        North and Northeast Portland

                        IRCO

                        Offers a variety of ESL services to qualified refugee families through referral only.

                        • Website: IRCO
                        • Address: 10301 N.E. Glisan Street, Portland.
                        • Tel: 503-234-1541

                        Multnomah University

                        Multilevel ESL classes, free, open-entry.

                        • Address: 8435 N.E. Glisan Street, Portland. Mitchell Library Classroom L110.
                        • Contact: Kristen Hubert
                        • Tel: 503-251-6412

                        PCC MAP (Multicultural Academic Program)

                        Trinity Lutheran Church

                        Beginners and intermediate ESL classes. Free, open-entry. Child care available. Thursdays, 7-8:30pm, mid-Sept–May.

                        • Address: 5520 N.E. Killingsworth, Portland
                        • Contact: Fred Kramer

                        Southeast Portland

                        Goodwill Services

                        Separated ESL class levels. Visit administrative offices and take a placement test to register.

                        • Website: Goodwill Services
                        • Address: 1943 S.E. 6th Avenue, Portland
                        • Contacts: David Cassaday: 503-238-6173, Aaron Schwartz: 503-238-6196.

                        PCC Southeast Volunteer Literacy Tutor Program

                        Volunteer Literacy Tutor Program. ABE/GED/ESL. One-to-one & small group tutoring.

                        • Address: 2850 S.E. 82nd Avenue, Library 218, Portland.
                        • Contact: Kathleen Holloway
                        • Tel: 971-722-6280

                        Russian Oregon Social Services

                        ESL and self-sufficiency classes for women Russian speakers. Serves the Russian-speaking community. Classes ongoing throughout the year.

                        • Address: 4033 S.E. Woodstock Boulevard, Portland
                        • Tel: 503-777-3437

                        Southwest and Northwest Portland and Tigard

                        PCC Sylvania Volunteer Literacy Tutoring Program

                        Volunteer Literacy Tutoring Program. One-to-one and small group ESL tutoring.

                        • Contact: Kay Talbot, 971-722-4903

                        St Anthony's Middle School

                        Multilevel ESL classes, free, no childcare, Tues. & Thurs. eves, 10-week terms.

                        • Address: 9905 S.W. McKenzie, Tigard
                        • Contact: Derene Meurisse: 503-590-5582, or Marco Espinoza (Español): 503-639-4179 ext.129

                        Tigard Senior Center

                        ESL classes and citizenship tutoring. Separated levels, free, open entry.

                        • Tel: 503-620-4613
                        • Address: 8815 S.W. O'Mara St, Tigard.
                        • Contact: Kris Magaurn

                        Tigard United Methodist Church

                        Free ESL classes, 3 levels, open-entry, 10 week terms. Free childcare.

                        • Address: 9845 S.W. Walnut Place, Tigard.
                        • Contact: Paul Colligan at 971-275-3775 (English), Rosemary Carleson at 503-635-6505 (Español)

                        Portland Community College

                        Portland Community College offers affordable classes for people who want to improve or learn English for the first time.

                        Get more information about classes and how to register

                        Portland State University Intensive English Language Program (IELP)

                        Whether you want to improve your English to pursue a degree at an American university or want to study English for personal or professional reason, the IELP can help you.

                        Get more information about other intensive English programs in the region

                        Disclaimer: This list is provided as an information service only. It is not an exhaustive list of services or companies and is not an endorsement by OHSU of any company listed.