Columbus Ohio ESL Resources, Classes and Programs

Below are some links that English language learners will find helpful in Columbus Ohio. Below you will find a list of resources for ESL classes and ESL programs in Columbus and the surrounding areas. If you know of a resource or program  and would like us to post it here, please let us know. We will not list private tutors and instructors unless they meet a high standard of quality.  contact us here.


CAP4KIDS –  A Children’s Advocacy Group Project of Columbus OH

Offers up to date links for ESL, immigration information, and educational programs for numerous ethnicities and linguistic groups such as: Hispanic, Dominican, Asian, Ethiopian, Jewish, Somali etc.


Accent Training Center

Accent Reduction in Toledo
More info: Premier provider of accent reduction courses for individuals with a foreign accent. Offering a variety of programs for individuals and accent reduction classes. Specializing in corporate accent reduction and communication strategies for businesses. Headquartered in Cleveland and offering services via Skype to Toledo.


Official Columbus City Schools English as a Second Language Program

This is a fantastic resource if your are an ESL family moving to the Columbus area and will be enrolling in public schools.

The Columbus City Schools ESL program provides the following for its staff and students:

  • A curriculum that allows for the development and integration of listening, speaking, reading, and writing skills
  • Tutorial assistance in content area subjects
  • An environment that fosters pride in native culture, establishes positive self-esteem, and facilitates acculturation into American society
  • Bilingual personnel who act as a liaison between the home, school, and community
  • Assistance to ESL and regular classroom teachers in best practices for working with students from diverse language and cultural backgrounds


Ohio State University – English as a Second Language Program

Offers three separate programs: American Language Program (ALP), English Composition Program, and the Spoken English Program

Established in 1983, the American Language Program (ALP) serves both graduate and undergraduate students who are not yet proficient in English. While most intend to pursue an academic program at OSU, some will study at other universities or use the skills gained in business or commercial settings. As ALP students they enroll in language skills courses at one of five levels from beginning through advanced. Their courses also help them adjust to their new surroundings, both academic and social. More information regarding all three program can be found on their website.

2012-2013 English as a Second Language Catalogue

This catalogue was developed by the Ohio Commission on Hispanic/Latino Affairs (OCHLA) and lists ESOL opportunities and resources throughout the state.  Learn about and register for English classes and other resources offered to new American communities, including Hispanic/Latino, Asian and African.  Click below to view the catalog or contact OCHLA for additional information.
77 South High Street, Columbus, Ohio 43215
(614) 466-8333

Dominican Learning Center

Tutors adults 18 years and older in reading, writing, math, and computers, as well as GED preparation and learning English in the English Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) program. Students are not charged for tutorial services, but those who are financially able are asked to purchase basic texts and materials.
1111 East Stewart Avenue, Columbus, Ohio 43206
(614) 444-7330

Asian American Community Services Healthy Asian Youth Program

Offers after school and summer tutoring and mentoring programs for Asian-Americans in grades K to 12, including educational, ESL and college preparatory activities.
4700 Reed Road, Upper Arlington, Ohio 43220
(614) 220-4023, ext. 223

Center for Latin Hope (Centro Esperanza Latina)

Offers free daily English classes for Latino adults in Columbus, in cooperation with Columbus State Community College. Free books and child care are available as well.
2300 Sullivant Avenue, Columbus, Ohio 43204
(614) 358-3584

Columbus Literacy Council

Offers free basic literacy classes for adults and also English for speakers of other languages.
92 Jefferson Avenue, Columbus, Ohio 43215
(614) 282-7661

Columbus Public Schools English as a Second Language (ESL) Program

Their website has information about programs at each school, as well as helpful links to other sites for parents, teachers and students. Welcome Centers help students from other countries who have recently arrived in the United States and who have little or no literacy skills in English or in their native language.
2001 Hamilton Avenue, Columbus, Ohio 43211
(614) 365-8802

Eastland-Fairfield Career & Technical Schools

Offers free ESOL and basic education classes for adults ages 18 and older. They also have many free high school programs throughout Columbus and surrounding areas for students in their junior and senior years, including college prep and career training programs. Their classes help adults study for the GED, learn basic computer skills and prepare to find work.
4465 South Hamilton Road, Groveport, Ohio 43125
(614) 836-3903

Ethiopian Tewahedo Social Services (ETSS)

Provides ESOL services for adults, as well as many free programs for youth. They serve all immigrants, and have a focus on serving African, Asian and Middle Eastern immigrants.
1060 Mount Vernon Avenue, Columbus, Ohio 43203
(614) 252-5362

International Neighborhood Coffee Hour

Provides free small group ESOL classes at the University Baptist Church for women interested in improving their English. Child care is provided while the mothers attend classes.
50 West Lane Avenue, Columbus, Ohio 43201
(614) 294-6333

Jewish Community Center

Offers a year-round ESOL program that teaches English to those of all nationalities. Both day and evening classes are offered. Citizenship classes prepare immigrants to take the naturalization test to obtain U.S. citizenship. All classes are offered free of charge.
1125 College Avenue, Columbus, Ohio 43209
(614) 559-6202

Ohio Department of Education (ODE) Limited English Proficient (LEP) Student Support

This site has resources for students who need special language assistance in order to effectively participate in school programs.
25 South Front Street, Columbus, Ohio 43215
(877) 644-6338

Serving Our Neighbors (SON) Ministries

Provides many free services for children and adults in Columbus, including a free lunch summer camp, a free legal clinic, ESOL classes for adults, and referrals to health services and jobs. They also provide one-on-one homework help and tutoring to children whose parents attend the ESOL classes.
4653 Trueman Boulevard, Hilliard, Ohio 43026
(614) 586-7939

Somali Community Association of Ohio (SCAO)

Provides free adult ESOL classes and offers preschool English classes, after school and Saturday tutoring, free computer access and other programs for Somali youth.
3422 Cleveland Avenue, Columbus, Ohio 43224
(614) 262-4068

Somali Women & Children’s Alliance (SWCA)

Their after school program provides tutoring and educational activities for children ages 5 to 18 who have limited English skills and continues during the summer months with regularly scheduled activities. Their adult ESOL classes are free for people with a low income.
2210 Morse Road, Columbus, Ohio 43229
(614) 473-9999

South Western City Schools Community Education

Offers free ESOL classes during the school year for adults age 19 and older. Consideration for enrollment is given first to residents of that school district.
4750 Big Run South Road, Grove City, Ohio 43123
(614) 801-3477 or (614) 801-3006

Vineyard Community Center

Offers daytime and evening GED classes and computer literacy classes.  Also offers beginner, intermediate and advanced adult ESOL classes.
6000 Cooper Road, Westerville, Ohio 43081
(614) 259-5296


At the time of writing, August 6th 2013, there were no ESL groups.