The information on this page, has been updated in light of the coronavirus pandemic, but we recommend calling to double check details.

Ulster Literacy Association has one-on-one tutoring in English and small group classes (including English for Parents and English for Farm Families) for ages 16 and in Kingston, New Paltz, and Saugerties. To find out about scheduled classes or to make an appointment to discuss private tutoring, please call 845-331-6837.

Ulster BOCES free English as a Second Language classes, ages 18 and up: Ellenville, Kingston, and Port Ewen. Classroom lessons in speaking, reading, and writing plus citizenship. Enroll at any time by walking into the most convenient class. For times and locations, visit the website or call the Adult Literacy Office, 845-331-5050, ext. 2243.

Literacy Connections of the Hudson Valley‘s free Drop-In Centers for English Language Learners are currently closed due to Covid-19 restrictions. Some classes are being held online. For information, email with your town and county. Or, in Columbia and Greene counties, phone 518-828-1792, ext. 104; in Dutchess, phone 845-452-8670. Learners are welcome regardless of literacy level.

Episcopal Church of the Messiah has a free program for English language learners, Tuesdays, 7-9 p.m., in the parish hall, 6436 Montgomery St., Rhinebeck. Instruction in English, support, advocacy, legal education, and social events. They have been meeting virtually during the pandemic. For details, call 845-876-3533 or email

Dutchess Community College (SUNY) offers 90 hours of English as a Second Language for $25 plus a textbook. Classes in Poughkeepsie, Amenia, Brewster, and Wappingers Falls. To schedule the required placement test, call Kimberly, 845-790-3590, or Margie, 845-431-8910. Fall 2020: with the pandemic ongoing, students may choose 100% online or a hybrid, 50% in-class and 50% online.

Dutchess BOCES has free English as a Second Language, literacy, and high school equivalence programs. Daytime classes in Fishkill and Poughkeepsie. Evenings, Poughkeepsie only. All backgrounds welcome. Individualized instruction and support. Registration takes about one hour; call 845-483-3640, ext. 6108, for appointment. Classroom work focuses on vocabulary, comprehension, and speaking skills.

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