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.  All tutoring is free.

Conversation, Reading, and Book Groups

Note that some groups are in person and some are on Zoom. The ones labeled “Currently on Zoom” are temporarily on Zoom with plans to go back to in person.

Canton Public Library (in partnership with the Community Literacy Council)
Conversation Group (Zoom): Thursdays 10:00 AM – 11:00 AM
Conversation Group: Fridays 9:30 AM – 11:00 AM
Reading Group: Fridays 11:30 AM – 12:30 PM
Book Club (Zoom): Fridays 11:30 AM – 12:30 PM

Plymouth District Library (in partnership with the Community Literacy Council)
Registration required through Plymouth’s Event Calendar
Conversation Group (Zoom): Mondays 10:00 AM – 11:00 AM
Reading Group (Zoom): Mondays 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Page by Page Book Club (Zoom): 3:00 PM – 4:00 PM        

Connection Church (in partnership with the Community Literacy Council)
3855 S. Sheldon Rd. Canton, 48188
Intermediate Conversation Group (Zoom): Tuesdays 6:30 PM – 8:00 PM
Beginners Conversation Group (Room 102): Saturdays 9:30 AM – 11:00 AM
Intermediate Conversation Group (Zoom): Saturdays 9:30 AM – 10:30 AM
Book Club (Zoom): Saturdays 10:30 AM – 11:00 AM
Contact Joyce Silagy for Zoom links

Northville District Library
Conversation Group (Zoom): Tuesdays 10:30 AM – 12:00 PM

St. John Neumann Catholic Church
44800 Warren Rd, Canton, MI 48187
Conversation Group: Wednesdays 7:30 PM – 8:30 PM
Contact Jodi Ring for more information

ESL Classes

Starkweather Academy
39750 Joy Road Plymouth, MI 48170

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 the Canton-Plymouth Community Schools: 734-416-4901.

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