We would love to help you learn to speak, read, and write English. If you have trouble completing the application, please feel free to email us.


Estaremos encantados de ayudarte a hablar, leer y escribir en inglés. Si tienes problemas completando la aplicación, por favor escríbenos.

ESL (English as a Second Language)

ESL stands for “English as a Second Language”. ESL classes are designed to teach English to people that are not native English speakers. Typically, they cover subjects like grammar, pronunciation, spelling and vocabulary. We offer ESL classes for all levels of language learners, from beginners to advanced learners. To enroll in these courses, learners first have to register and take an assessment to determine which class is appropriate for that individual.

In addition to working with a tutor or taking a class, we recommend that learners check out the many digital resources available to learn english! YouTube has some really great material and the app DuoLingo is a great, fun way to support your learning! Some other suggestions include:

  • Watch television and movies in English – you’ll be surprised how quickly you start to learn new vocabulary!
  • Talk to your friends and family in English any opportunity that you can to practice!
  • Start a “Vocabulary Book” of new words that you find interesting.
  • Listen to Audio Books in English – you can check them out for free from the library!
  • Practice – Practice – Practice!
  • Be CONFIDENT!  Be BRAVE!  Often times, people can speak better than they think they can, but they are afraid to speak English with native English speakers.  We encourage you to speak up and speak out!

Manatee Literacy Council services are provided confidentially and free of charge to Manatee County adults regardless of race, creed, color, sex, national origin, or socioeconomic status. Manatee Literacy Council matches learners with volunteer tutors for one-on-one lessons and conversation classes. We also offer other literacy classes including but not limited to financial, workplace, digital, and family literacy. We offer citizenship test preparation for immigrants as well. Please contact our offices to see which classes are currently available.