English as a Second Language

In 1945 The Connection began an English as a Second Language program to serve the influx of newcomers to our country after WWII. The need for this program is as significant now as it was 80 years ago. Today, Connection volunteers are teaching English and providing valuable support services to students from 22 different countries.

English as a Second Language Programs by interest ESLb ESL volunteer and student

ESL is designed to help non-native speakers improve their conversation skills, increase vocabulary, learn idioms and explore U.S. culture. We offer small, friendly classes in a supportive environment to help students achieve their goals. Basic reading in native language is recommended.


All students must have an active membership to register and participate in our ESL classes (Adult Memberships are $70 per year). For more information on our memberships, please see our membership page.

Members who have a child enrolled in the Summit Public School System may pay only $10 per session to enroll in ESL classes, with no class limit. An active membership is still required.

Full and partial scholarships are available for English as a Second Language. For more information, please visit our financial assistance page or email lauren.nisenson@theconnectiononline.org.


  • Mondays: 9:00am – 11:00am
  • Mondays: 6:30pm – 8:00pm
  • Tuesdays: 10:00am – 12:00pm
  • Wednesdays: 9:00am – 11:00am
  • Wednesdays: 6:30pm – 8:00pm
  • Thursdays: 10:00am – 12:00pm

Click here for availability and pricing. 

Beginner through advanced classes are available September – June in four sessions.

Spring 2024 information sheet: English | Spanish | Portuguese

For more information contact ESL Director, Moona Elsevier, at (908) 273-4242 ext. 102 or email moona.elsevier@theconnectiononline.org.