Literacy Suffolk provides tutoring to adults who are out of school and over age 16, who read and write at or below the sixth grade level, and who need to improve basic English conversation skills. All student applicants are interviewed and evaluated. Referrals to other programs are made as needed. Tutoring is held at the library for 2 to 3 hours a week.
To apply, please ask a librarian for an application, or download the application here. Send the completed application form to Literacy Suffolk. A volunteer will contact you to arrange an interview. Call (631) 286-1649 for more information.
Literacy Suffolk tutors looking to reserve a room at the library for lessons and/or testing please click here for details.
New English Speakers Conversation Group
A tutor from Literacy Suffolk will help you practice English with other new speakers in an informal setting.
Learn English for Beginners
Drop in anytime during our fall and spring ten-week series to develop and improve your speaking, listening, reading, and writing skills with TESOL certified teacher Kathy Corazza.
These classes are open to all Suffolk County residents – check our current newsletter for dates and times
Adult Learner Collection
Check out English language learning guidebooks, DVDs, audiobooks and more in the library’s Adult Learner Collection. These materials can be found on the first floor of the Library and can be borrowed by Comsewogue Public Library patrons.
Spanish Language Collection
Our Spanish language materials include both fiction and nonfiction titles, as well as biographies and graphic novels. The collection includes both original works in Spanish as well as works translated from English and other languages. These materials can be found on the first floor of the Library and can be borrowed by any Suffolk County resident.
Important community information is available in the same area as our collection so that all Spanish language materials are accessible in one convenient location. This includes flyers and pamphlets about such topics as health awareness, driving instruction manuals, voter registration forms, absentee ballots and local housing. The collection also includes copies of the community newspapers Noticia as well as the Bilingual News.
- Pronto of Long Island, Inc.
ESL Classes, Introduction to English Classes, Beginners English Classes, Citizenship Program; Located in Bay Shore, all classes are free and open to the public. Registration required. Call 631-231-8290 for more information.
- Infant Jesus Church
ESL classes held every Thursday evening 7:30 – 9pm at Infant Jesus Convent located at 110 Hawkins Street, Port Jefferson. Classes are free, no registration required. Call (631) 473-0165 for more information.
- Smithtown Central School District Adult Basic Education Program
Offers English as a Second Language (ESL) classes to adults 21 and over. New York State certified teachers and/or counselors. Smithtown residency not required. Open enrollment. Call (631) 382-2181 for more information.
- Eastern Suffolk BOCES
Offers English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) classes to adults. Classes offer self-paced, small group instruction to help students improve English speaking, listening, reading and writing skills. Locations throughout Suffolk County. Call (631) 234-7860 for more information.
- Suffolk Community College
Offers instruction in listening/speaking, reading, writing and grammar to students for whom English is a second language (non-credit courses). Options include Intensive English Program (20 hours/week, $1490) and part-time English program (12 hours/week, $285), both 12 weeks long. A placement test is necessary for the Intensive English Program. If students are not able to read or write in English, they must attend an orientation before beginning the part-time program. Students must be at least 18 years of age. Locations in Brentwood (631) 851-6518, Selden (631) 451-4859, and Riverhead (631) 548-2645.
- Family Service League
Program E.A.S.E. is a dual language educational program for toddlers (18 – 36 months) and families from Spanish speaking households. It prepares toddlers for enrollment in English speaking schools, and familiarizes their parents with reading and writing through the initial teaching alphabet. Located in Riverhead and Bay Shore. Call (631) 427-3700 ext. 256 for more information.
- Wilson Tech Career Center
Offers English as a Second Language (ESL) classes. Multiple locations throughout Suffolk County. Call (631) 667-6000, ext. 327 for more information.