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English as a Second Language (ESL) Classes in Portland

Schools and Organizations Offering ESL Classes

Portland Community College (PCC)
PCC offers the most ESL classes in the area and at multiple locations. They offer different levels of classes, so you’ll need to take a placement test to be placed in the right class level. The ESL classes are very popular, so you should take the placement test as soon as you can, as you may need to wait 1-3 months after your test before you can get into a class.

There is a $25 application fee to be paid before you take your class. There are also class fees which you may not have to pay if you qualify financially—ask your instructor about qualifying.

To get started with your ESL classes at PCC, decide where you want to study from the choices below, click on the link or call, and follow the steps to enroll for that location:
  • Cascade Campus
    ESL Advising Office: Terrell Hall Room 213
    705 N Killingsworth Road
    Portland, OR 97217
    Phone: (503) 978-5747
  • Southeast Center
    ESL Advising Office: Mt. Tabor Building, Room 105
    2305 SE 82nd and Division
    Portland, OR 97216
    Phone: (503) 788-6133
  • Portland State University
    ESL office, Sixth Avenue Building, Room 203
    1950 SW 6th Avenue, (corner of 6th and College Street)
    Portland, OR 97207
    Phone: (503) 725-8749
  • Sylvania Campus 
    ESL Advising Office: Building SS, Room 123a
    12000 SW 49th Avenue
    Portland, OR 97219
    Phone: (503) 977-4463
  • Rock Creek
    ESL Advising Office: Building 9, Room 118
    17705 NW Springville Road
    Portland, OR 97229
    Phone: (503) 614-7179

Mt. Hood Communty College (MHCC)
Classes for Non-Native Speakers of English-ESL
Services: Offers a variety of classes, at different levels, at two locations, for non-native speakers. Classes are offered during the day and evening. Call to take an assessment test so you'll be placed in the right class. As a student of MHCC, you can use the computer lab, library, gym and swimming pool for free.
Phone: (503) 491-7333, Spanish (503) 491-7675

Frente Comun Del Norte
2009 North Schofield Street
Portland, OR 97217
Phone: (503) 407-2667 or (503) 805-3479
Services: Provides ESL, computer, and sewing classes, and translator and interpreter services for English and Spanish only.
Hours: Monday – Friday, 4:30 – 7 pm (this is the best time to call to get information and make an appointment)
Cost: A donation of $5
Languages: English and Spanish

Lutheran Community Services Northwest
  • Portland Office
    605 SE 39th Avenue
    Portland, OR 97214
    Phone: (503) 231-7480
  • Vancouver Office
    3600 Main Street
    Vancouver, WA 98663
    Phone: (360) 694-5624 extension 21
Services: Offers a variety of ESL (English as Second Language) classes for immigrants, refugees, and the elderly. The ESL classes provide help to pass the citizenship test.
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Thank you for sharing the information, English is an accessible and much needed language that’s why I intend to improve my language skills. I’ve had several esl tutors so far and I intend to go on because I am aware that my effort will pay off.