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We offer free ESL English classes at each of the locations below. Be sure to contact the Center Director named below to confirm days and times as many are subject to change based upon student demand and tutor availability.

The demographics of each tutoring center vary with the population of the surrounding community– we have learners originally from Asia, Africa, Europe, Mexico, Central and South America. Tutoring takes place in public library study rooms throughout the County, as well as city libraries,  community centers, churches and other public locations. Click on the street address to see the location on a map.


Alpine County Library
1752 Alpine Blvd.  91901
Coordinator – Mary Harris, ranchogirlalpine@gmail.com 
1:1 and small group tutoring at various times


Bonita-Sunnyside Branch Library
4375 Bonita Rd.  91902
Thursday 10:00 am – noon

Borrego Springs

Borrego Springs Literacy Center
Director – Elaine McVey, elainemcvey1@gmail.com
Tutoring at various times and locations


Carlsbad Literacy Center @ Pilgrim United Church of Christ
2020 Chestnut Ave.  92008
Tuesday 7-9 am, Thursday 9-11am

Chula Vista

Laubach Literacy Center of Chula Vista @ Community Congregational Church
276 “F” St.  91910
Co-Director – Erika Dennis, ehdennis4@cox.net
Co-Director – Sue MacDonald, runsusie@sbcglobal.net
Monday 7-9 pm

El Cajon

El Cajon Library
201 E Douglas Ave. 92020
Friday 10 am and 1 pm

EMASS – Union of Pan Asian Communities, Elder Multicultural Access & Support Services
343 East Main St. 92020
Coordinator – Salwa Yalda, syalda@upacsd.com
Contact for schedule


San Dieguito Literacy Center @ San Dieguito Methodist Church
170 Calle Magdalena 92024
Co-Director – Laurie Martin, l.a.martin@roadrunner.com
Co-Director – Dolly Peponides, dolly.peponides@gmail.com
Co-Director – Steve Usher, stevecu49@gmail.com
Monday 7-9 pm, Tuesday 9-11 am
1:1 and small group classes for all levels

Encinitas Literacy Center @ Encinitas Library
540 Cornish Dr. 92024
Co Director – Jennifer Quilkey, jquilkey@me.com
Co-Director – Susan McClain, swmcclain@gmail.com
All levels of ESL offered. Groups meet 1:1, small group or medium size classes.  Visit the Encinitas Library or contact Jennifer or Susan for specific times as class times change throughout the year.

Walt Wrobleski tutors his class in ESL at Encinitas Literacy Center.


Fallbrook Library
124 South Mission Rd. 92028
Coordinator – Lana Smith, lamariesmith@gmail.com
Monday & Thursday between 10 am and 3 pm; Tuesday 6:30-8 pm; Wednesday 11-1 pm and 1:30-3 pm

Fallbrook Library tutors: Lana Smith (left), Joan Coapman, Sandy Cooper, Rusty Anderson, and Margie Mosavi

Fallbrook Laubach Literacy Center @ Christ the King Lutheran Church
1620 South Stage Coach Ln. 92028
Director – Pat Hensley, pmph36@gmail.com
Monday 7-8:30 pm (September – June)
1:1 tutoring available; supervised learning with Rosetta Stone language software available

La Jolla

La Jolla English Language CenterLa Jolla Presbyterian Church
7715 Draper Ave. 92037
Director – Marc Angel, marcangel@aol.com
Elaine Wilson, ewilson108@yahoo.com
Tuesdays 7-8:30 pm

Lemon Grove

Lemon Grove Branch Library
3001 School Ln. 91945
Director – Julie Rone, julie_rone@sbcglobal.net 
Monday & Wednesday 10:30 am-noon and 4-5 pm (beginning); Tuesday & Wednesday 2-4 pm (low-intermediate); Tuesday & Thursday 10 am-noon (high-intermediate)

Linda Vista

2612 Daniel Ave. 92111
Director – Julieta Gonzales, julieta.gon14@gmail.com
T & Th 6-8 pm

Bayside Literacy Center @Linda Vista Public Library
2160 Ulric St. San Diego 92111
Director – Keith Fuller
Classes Monday-Friday at varied times during library hours.  Classes offered for all levels including conversation. Groups meet 1:1, small group or medium size classes.  Visit the Linda Vista Library or contact Katie for specific times as classes times change throughout the year.

Satellite Center: Clairemont Literacy Center @ Clairemont Lutheran Church 
4271 Clairemont Mesa Blvd. 92117
Site Coordinator – Nancy King, njking@san.rr.com
By appointment only

National City

Lincoln Acres Literacy Center
2725 Granger Ave. 91950
Center Director – Leslie Gonzalez
Tuesday 6-8 pm Intermediate; TH 4-6 pm Beginning (check as class may be full)


Potrero Public Library
24883 Potrero Valley Rd. 91963
Coordinator – Berlyne Arteaga, berlyne.arteaga@sdcounty.ca.gov
Wednesday 10 am-noon and 5:30-7:30 pm


Poway Library
13137 Poway Rd. 92064
Co-Directors – Alex and Kathy Fousek, akfousek@gmail.com
1:1 and small group tutoring during library hours. Classes by appointment.


Ramona Branch Library
1275 Main St. 92065
Coordinator – Sonia Scanlan, s3scanlan@aol.com
2 hour small group classes M-T-W-TH mornings
Call library at (760) 788-5270 to schedule a placement test

Rancho Bernardo

Rancho Bernardo Literacy Center @ RB Community Presbyterian Church
17010 Pomerado Rd. 92128
Director – Nancy Anderson, nlanderson51@gmail.com
Mondays 9:15-11:15 (September to June)

A Rancho Bernardo student becomes a citizen

Rancho Penasquitos

Penasquitos Literacy Center @ Penasquitos Lutheran Church
14484 Penasquitos Dr. 92129
Director – Bobbi Rastle, btrastle@cox.net
Co-Director – Margaret Hardy, mnh1125@gmail.com
Tuesdays 9:30 am – noon (small group tutoring)

San Diego

4S Ranch Branch Library
10433 Reserve Dr. 92127
Head Librarian – June Zhou, june.zhou@sdcounty.ca.gov

San Diego Unified School District @ Chollas/Mead Elementary School
4525 Market St. 92102
Coordinator – Lynn Owens, owens.lynn@gmail.com 
Coordinator –  Valentina Jones-Wagner, jones.valentina@gmail.com 
Wednesdays 9:15-10:45 am in the Parents Room
October to May except school holidays
Mostly low to intermediate beginner classes

Salvation Army Kroc Community Center
6845 University Ave. 92115
Coordinator – Sylvia Nasri, snasri@gmail.com
Tuesday & Friday 9:30-11:30 am in the Education Building

San Marcos

San Marcos County Branch Library
2 Civic Center Dr. 92069
Coordinator – Doreen Poling, dpoling32@hotmail.com
Wednesday 9:30-11:15 am in the Conversation Café; Tutoring Monday & Wednesday 3:30-4:30 pm; Tuesday 10:30-11:30 am; Thursday 10:30-11:30 am and 6:30-8:00 pm

Spring Valley

Casa de Oro Branch Library
9805 Campo Rd. # 180 91977
Coordinator – Frances Gong, blipecat@sbcglobal.net 

Valley Center

Valley Center Branch Library
29200 Cole Grade Rd. 92082
Coordinator – Barbara Emson, hamsah@aol.com
Tuesday & Thursday 6-7:45 pm


East Vista Literacy CenterVista Library
700 Eucalyptus Ave. 92084
Director – Marti Hause, marti3543@aol.com 
Thursday 10-11:30 am
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