Esperanza Center Educational Services for Adults
Note: Esperanza Center currently operating in new location!
All Educational Services programs are currently operating at 3700 Eastern Ave, Baltimore MD, 21224 (Highlandtown).
Esperanza Center offers informal English for Speakers of other Languages (ESOL) classes, Spanish classes, and when we return to our building, formal ESOL and Citizenship classes. Scroll down to learn more about our classes.
Come learn with us! You won’t find more student-friendly and affordable language classes anywhere else in Baltimore!
— All Classes —
With English, life in Baltimore becomes a lot easier. Our English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) program for adults serves immigrants who need English for their daily lives. Our class schedule is flexible; after registering, students can come to as many 2-hour classes as they wish each week. Each class, we pair ESOL students with different volunteer-teachers in small groups. The classes serve people with any level of English proficiency, from beginner to advanced. These are low-cost classes with a fee of $50 for 10 weeks of class.
Informal ESL Class Sessions, daily, by semester:
- Monday, Wednesday, Friday
10:00 AM – 12:00 PM
- Tuesday and Thursday
1:30 PM – 3:30 PM
- Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday
6:30 PM – 8:30 PM
At this time, we regret that we are not able to provide our usual formal classes in our temporary space. Upon our return to Esperanza Center’s building, we will again offer free formal ESOL and citizenship classes in partnership with Strong City Baltimore and Baltimore City Community College. In the meantime, please explore BCCC and Strong City Baltimore for their classes.
In partnership with BCCC, we are pleased to offer free Citizenship classes for anyone preparing to take the U.S. naturalization exam. Our Spring 2020 schedule is 6:30-9 p.m., Tuesdays and Thursdays. Please call or email us for registration information. For information about free citizenship classes at other locations in Baltimore, please contact BCCC at 410-986-5433.
Computer classes will return to Esperanza Center in late 2020. These once-a-week, 2-hour, basic computing classes are taught in Spanish. Participants learn basic skills including managing email, word processing, and basic Excel skills. There is an additional cost for this class.
In 2020, please check these other local resources for Spanish classes:
Immigrant Outreach Service Center: computer classes for immigrant women. 410-323-8564, firstname.lastname@example.org
Enoch Pratt Free Library: Free computer classes in English, various topics.
Want to learn Spanish in a fun, relaxed environment? Esperanza offers Spanish classes to adults with beginner or intermediary levels. LEARN MORE >>
Family literacy classes bring youth and their parents/guardians together in the classroom, building family relationships around a love of learning. Educational Services started piloting our family literacy program in 2018, and we are currently working to incorporate more family literacy events into our Adult and Youth programs. In Spring 2020, we are offering a family literacy program on Saturdays at the Brooklyn Branch of the Enoch Pratt Free Library. For more information, please call or email us.