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

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 – Jan Naragon
Tutoring at various times and locations

Chula Vista

Laubach Literacy Center of Chula Vista @ Community Congregational Church
276 “F” St.  91910
Co-Director – Erika Dennis
Co-Director – Sue MacDonald
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 and Support Services

 343 East Main St. 92020
Coordinator – Salwa Yalda
Contact for schedule


San Dieguito Literacy Center @ San Dieguito Methodist Church
170 Calle Magdalena 92024

Co-Director – Dolly Peponides
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
Co-Director – Susan McClain
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
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

La Jolla

La Jolla English Language CenterLa Jolla Presbyterian Church
7715 Draper Ave. 92037
Director – Marc Angel
Elaine Wilson
Tuesdays 7-8:30 pm

Lemon Grove

Lemon Grove Branch Library
3001 School Ln. 91945
Director – Julie Rone 
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 Gonzalez
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.

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
Wednesday 10 am-noon and 5:30-7:30 pm


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


Ramona Branch Library
1275 Main St. 92065
Coordinator – Sonia Scanlan
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
Mondays 9:15-11:15 (September to June)

A Rancho Bernardo student becomes a citizen

San Diego

4S Ranch Branch Library
10433 Reserve Dr. 92127
Head Librarian – June Zhou

San Marcos

San Marcos County Branch Library
2 Civic Center Dr. 92069
Coordinator – Doreen Poling
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 

Valley Center

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


East Vista Literacy CenterVista Library
700 Eucalyptus Ave. 92084
Director – Julio Maraver 
Thursday 10-11:30 am
1:1 may be available