Accelerated ESL Program

St. Augustine College offers FREE online ESL classes for adults designed to help students improve their English skills quickly and effectively. Our ESL program provides flexibility to fit into the busy schedules of working adults.

We incorporate listening, speaking, reading, and writing in our online ESL classes to develop students’ conversational English proficiency, academic skills, and basic computer literacy skills.

Students who complete the advanced level can enroll in St. Augustine’s academic ESL classes and continue working toward a Certificate, Associate Degree, or Bachelor’s Degree.

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ESL CLASSES BEGIN July 29th, 2024

Class Schedule: July 29th – October 4th 2024

Our online ESL classes meet for three hours on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays from 6:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.


Take an Entrance Exam

Students begin by taking an in-person eCASAS Placement Test (required) and are then placed into one of the program’s five levels:

  • High Beginning
  • Low-Intermediate
  • High-Intermediate
  • Advanced

Choose The Time of Day to Attend

Evening classes:

Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday from 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm


  • Internet Access, Computer or Laptop
  • High School or GED not required.

Benefits of ESL Classes For Adults 

St. Augustine is committed to making education accessible to everyone. We created our FREE ESL program to help individuals improve their English skills and succeed without financial burden. 

  • High-Quality Instruction: Our experienced instructors use proven methods to teach English, focusing on practical skills needed for daily life, work, and further education.
  • Flexible Scheduling: We understand the importance of flexibility, so we offer FREE ESL classes online with the same high-quality instruction as our in-person classes to ensure that everyone can learn, regardless of their location or schedule.
  • Enhanced Career Opportunities:  Bilingual workers often have access to a wider range of job opportunities and can command higher salaries compared to their monolingual colleagues. For more information on the career-boosting perks of being bilingual, read our blog on The Career-Boosting Perks of Being Bilingual.


Who can enroll in the ESL program?

Our ESL program is open to anyone looking to improve their English skills. We do not require a high school diploma or GED for enrollment. All you need is internet access via a computer or laptop!

How do I enroll in the ESL program?

To enroll, you need to take an in-person eCASAS Placement Test, which will determine your starting level. Once you complete the test you will be placed into one of the five levels our ESL program offers:  High Beginning, Low-Intermediate, High-Intermediate, and Advanced

How long is the ESL Program?

The ESL program at St. Augustine runs for 11 weeks, with classes meeting 3 days a week for 3 hours each day.

When are the online ESL classes?

Our classes meet on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. Our unique accelerated format allows students to attend classes for 9 hours per week, completing one level every 11 weeks.

For more info call or email:

Elvina Hargrave
Director of Adult Education
St. Augustine College
(773) 878-3841