To learn more about the ESL Conversation Classes offered at the Hoboken Public Library and sponsored by the Friends of the Hoboken Public Library, please read through these Frequently Asked Questions. If after reading this, you still have questions, or are interested in tutoring, please email


1. Is this a class for beginners who want to learn the English language?
No. This program is designed for people with a knowledge of English at the ‘advanced beginner’ and ‘intermediate’ level. Participants should be able to read and understand basic English.

2. What are the requirements for joining the class?
This is a welcoming and friendly program for adults who want to improve their English-speaking skills by practicing speaking on a given, new weekly topic. Classes are led by experienced tutors. Interested learners should come to a class to see if it is what you need.

3. Will I receive any kind of certification after attending this program?
No. This program is informal and is focused on pronunciation, vocabulary, idioms and better understanding some of the idiosyncrasies of the English language.

4. What is the cost of the program?
This program is FREE.

5. How often does the class meet, and where?
The ESL Conversation Class meets for three (3) 10-week sessions each year, Fall, Winter and Spring. There is no Summer session. All classes are held at the Hoboken Public Library, located at 500 Park Avenue in Hoboken, from 6:30pm to 7:30pm on Wednesday evenings during the announced sessions.

6. How do I sign up for the class?
Interested persons may register when they come to a class, and will be asked to provide their name, home country, and basic contact information, especially an email address for notification purposes in the event the class is cancelled unexpectedly.

7. Is this a class for Hoboken residents only?
We have students from all over Hudson County as well as from surrounding areas. All are welcome.

8. Do I need to have a Hoboken Library card?
No. This program is open to all interested persons. A Hoboken Library card will be beneficial in accessing the online language programs offered at the Library.

9. What if I can’t come for all 10-weekly classes?
While we encourage participants to attend the full session, each class is independent, with a new topic selected for conversation each week.

10. What if the session has already started?
Each class begins with a new topic. Interested persons can begin at any time. We have many participants who attend all three 10-week sessions and/or join us for multiple years.

11. How big are the classes?
Class size in recent sessions has varied from six (6) to twenty (20) students. We normally have between three (3) and five (5) experienced tutors. If the group is larger than six (6) students, we normally break into smaller groups to allow more opportunity for the individual students to practice speaking

12. Are there homework assignments with these classes?
No. We provide handouts, mostly for review and practice, or containing vocabulary words and idioms for students to keep.

13. Are there any additional benefits of the ESL program?
Yes! Here are a few:

  • You will interact with other English-learners from all over the world.
  • You can suggest topics to discuss and seek help with specific questions about English vocabulary and grammar;
  • You can elect to sit with a group to focus on English pronunciation with a trained vocal coach;
  • You can actively participate in a demonstration of three (3) different online language learning programs offered by the Hoboken Library;
  • You and your tutors will celebrate the end-of-session class with an “International Feast,” featuring a sampling of food and nonalcoholic drinks from the countries represented in the class.