ESL Classes

English as a Second Language Basics and Beyond

Improve your language skills at the library! Join us for English as a Second Language lessons in a fun and welcoming environment.

Class is available in-person and virtually. We meet on Wednesdays at 10:00 AM at the North Suffolk library and online via Zoom. Click this link to register online, after registering you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the class on Zoom. 

Be sure to join us for two very special classes, June 15 and July 27, when will go on a field trip or host a guest speaker. The field trips are a great way to get to know Suffolk and practice using English in the real world. We have visited a pharmacy, a bank, a hair salon, and Kohl's department store. Come to class to find out where we will go next!

ESL Class Schedule, Spring & Summer 2022

  • Wednesdays, 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
  • Online via Zoom, click here to register
  • In-person classes will be held at the North Suffolk Library, 2000 Bennetts Creek Park Rd, Suffolk, VA
  • Virtual field trips: June 15 and July 27

ESL virtual field trip

English Conversation Group

Want to improve your English? Join other English language learners to increase your vocabulary and speaking skills over casual conversation.

This group meets twice a month in-person at North Suffolk Library and virtually over Zoom. Use this link to register for the meeting on Zoom. After you have completed the registration, you will receive an email with more information about joining the meeting.

ESL Conversation Group, Spring & Summer 2022:

  • Saturday May 14 at 10:00 - 11:00 AM
  • Saturday May 28 at 10:00 - 11:00 AM
  • Saturday June 11 at 6:30 - 7:30 PM
  • Saturday July 9 at 10:00 - 11:00 AM
  • Saturday August 6 at 10:00 - 11:00 AM

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Diversión con Amigos

¡Ven a la biblioteca para disfrutar de juegos, manualidades y actividades divertidas con otros niños y adolescentes que hablan español! Este evento será en español y está dirigido a niños de 11 a 15 años, pero es flexible para adaptarse a otras edades. Este evento es gratuito y no requiere registro.

  • Morgan Memorial Library, 443 W Washington St, Suffolk, VA
  • Jueves Mayo 26, 6:30 - 7:30 PM
  • Jueves Junio 23, 6:30 - 7:30 PM
  • Jueves Julio 21, 6:30 - 7:30 PM
  • Jueves Agosto 25, 6:30 - 7:30 PM

Come to the library to enjoy games, crafts, and fun activities with other Spanish-speaking kids and teens! This event will be in Spanish and is geared toward kids aged 11- 15, but is flexible in accomodating other ages. This event is free and does not require registration. 

More Local Resources 

The Suffolk Literacy Council can connect you with a volunteer tutor in the community to learn and practice English. Click this link for more information.

Chesapeake Public Library offers an online English Conversation Club. They meet Tuesdays 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM and Wednesdays 6:00 PM - 7:00 PM. Click this link for more information.

Virginia Beach Public Library offers an online English Conversation Club, they meet Thursdays 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM. Click this link for more information. They also offer an in-person English Conversation Club on Wednesdays at 2:30 - 3:30 PM at the Oberndorf Central Library, 4100 Virginia Beach Blvd, Virginia Beach. Click this link for more information.

The College and Career Academy at Prudent offers English classes for adults pursuing a Grade Equivalency Degree (GED). The classes meet Monday and Wednesday at 6:00 - 8:30 PM. You must pay tuition for classes at Pruden. Click this link for more information. 

Uninsured and need healthcare? Western Tidewater Free Clinic may be able to help you. 

¿No está asegurado y necesita atención médica? Western Tidewater Clinic posiblemente puede ayudarle!

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Universal Class

Universal Class is an  online learning platform  that offers  ESL Basic Grammar, ESL Basic Writing Skills, and ESL Grammar Skills courses 1 through 5. It also includes a US Citizenship test preparation course. Courses are all in English with both written and video presentations of the material. What you need: Suffolk Public Library card number.

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World Languages Collection

Explore books for all ages in multiple languages including language learning kits! These books are available to check out with your library card.

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