Language Learning

ESOL Classes in the library

Practice English is an informal drop-in program for those who want to improve their English skills. The group meets from 10am-12pm on Fridays at the Faxon Library, 1073 New Britain Ave. No registration is necessary.

If you are a speaker of a language other than English and you would like to learn to practice English, please contact Pramod Pradhan, Community Engagement Librarian, at the Faxon Branch Library at (860) 561-8202.

This is an adult intermediate level English class for people with some English experience, who can hold some conversations speaking about everyday topics and personal preferences. The class will review grammar basics, learn how to offer and request advice, talk about plans, and fix common mistakes in English pronunciation.

There are also opportunities for volunteers. If you are interested in volunteering to virtually teach ESOL classes, please contact Pramod Pradhan at the number shown above.

Building Connections: A Book Club for Immigrants

The Building Connections Book Club is for West Hartford Advanced English learners who want to develop their English reading and communication skills in a diverse, inspiring and encouraging environment. Participants will be given reading material each week and then meet in a group to ask questions and discuss the text.

For questions or to register, contact Elizabeth Hanlon ( (text/call: 860-305-1786). View the full schedule here.

Building Connections is funded by Hartford Foundation Community Grant.

Community Groups and Resources

Hello! West Hartford – A community-wide initiative to say “Hello and Welcome” to all.

Golden Door for Immigrants – their mission is to bolster, assist, and learn from immigrants as they strive towards happiness and success in this country.

West Hartford Public Schools

West Hartford Continuing Educations: ESOL Classes

Online Information and Learning Resources

You can use these from computers at the libraries or from a computer at home with a West Hartford library card.

Transparent Language English and other language practice

Universal Class 500+ classes on all subjects, including English grammar, speaking and writing.

Duolingo – Free Online Language program with an element of fun. 

Coursera English Classes – Free College English/ESL Classes Online.

USA Learns – Practice listening, reading, spelling, speaking, writing and grammar. For beginners and intermediate level learners. Also available with instruction in Spanish, Portuguese, Vietnamese.