Local Resources for English as Second Language Speakers

There are a number of resources, including several here at the Canton Public Library, for people seeking opportunities to practice their English with a trained tutor in our community. Take a look at all the ways you can practice your English, including getting a one-on-one tutor, participating in ELL conversation groups, and enrolling in ESL classes. 

One-on-One Tutoring

The Community Literacy Council offers tutoring for adults 18 and older who need help with basic reading, writing, or English conversation. During weekly meetings, your trained volunteer tutor will help you reach your personal improvement goals. Registration is required for one-on-one tutoring. There is a one-time registration fee of $25, and afterwards all tutoring is free.

Conversation, Reading, and Book Groups

These groups are offered in partnership with the Plymouth-Canton Community Literacy Council (CLC). Visit the CLC website for a printable copy of all conversation groups offered.

Note that some groups are in-person and some are on Zoom. 

Canton Public Library

1200 S. Canton Center Road, Canton, MI 48188

Plymouth District Library

223 S. Main Street, Plymouth, MI 48170

Registration is required through PDL's Event Calendar.

  • Conversation Group (Zoom): Mondays, 10:00-11:00 AM
  • Reading Group (Zoom): Mondays, 11:00 AM-noon
  • Page by Page Book Club (Zoom): Mondays, 3:00-4:00 PM        

Connection Church

3855 S. Sheldon Rd. Canton, MI 48188. 

Contact Joyce Silagy for Zoom links and more information. Call 734-890-2050 or email joycesilagy@gmail.com

  • Intermediate Conversation Group: Tuesdays, 6:30-8:00 PM
  • Beginners Conversation Group: Saturdays, 9:30-11:00 AM
  • Intermediate Conversation Group (Zoom): Saturdays, 9:30-10:30 AM
  • Intermediate Book Club (Zoom): Saturdays, 10:30-11:00 AM

Northville District Library

212 W. Cady Street, Northville, MI 48167 

See NDL's website for details. Contact Samantha Loree at 248-349-3020 ext. 235 or via email, opens a new window.

St. John Neumann Catholic Church

44800 Warren Rd, Canton, MI 48187

Contact Jodi Ring for more information.

  • Conversational English: Tuesdays, 4:00–5:00 PM

St. John’s Episcopal Church

574 S. Sheldon Rd., Plymouth, MI 48170

  • Beginners Conversation Group: Tuesdays, 9:30–11:00 AM

ESL Classes

Starkweather Academy

39750 Joy Road, Plymouth, MI 48170.

Call 734-416-4901 for more information. 

Improve your English with conversation, grammar, reading and writing skills.

  • Registration information: specific course schedules will be based upon test scores and class availability. Students in most classes will have a remote or in-person class option as well as a day or evening option.
  • Registration is required at Plymouth-Canton Community Schools, call 734-416-4901 or register online.