Welcome to Bridges ESL!


Bridges ESL (English as a Second Language) is a non-profit volunteer organization sponsored by Yale University’s Dwight Hall and Asian American Cultural Center that provides free small-group English tutoring to immigrants and internationals in the New Haven community. The program offers several levels of instruction depending on each student’s needs.

Mission Statement

Bridges ESL provides free English language lessons to adult learners in the Greater New Haven area. Tutors develop personalized lessons to help meet students’ language goals related to employment, education, citizenship, and daily life. Bridges ESL helps people acquire the English skills necessary to confidently navigate family, work, and community life in the U.S.

How to register?

Student and tutor registration for Bridges ESL classes takes place each September and January. Classes for the Fall 2023 semester will be held on weekly Saturday mornings from 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM starting on September 16. Student registration for the Fall 2023 semester is closed.

Please note that we may be unable to accommodate students who register after the deadline has passed.

Interested in serving as a tutor? Become a volunteer today!

If you are interested in other free English classes in New Haven, please visit the New Haven Free Public Library webpage or the Literacy Volunteers of New Haven webpage.

If you have any other questions, please email bridgesesl@gmail.com.