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English Language Class Options near FSI

A transition to the United States may be difficult if you do not speak the language. For spouses/partners who want to learn and/or improve their English language skills, the Overseas Briefing Center has identified the following programs near the Foreign Service Institute in Arlington, VA.


English Conversation Class
Arlington County Central Library, Second Floor Meeting Room
1015 N Quincy St, Arlington VA 22201
Mondays 3:00 PM, Wednesdays 1:00 PM, Thursdays 7:00 PM, Saturdays 10:00 AM

Drop-in English conversation class at Central Library for non-native speakers.
Arlington County Central Library
1015 N Quincy St, Arlington VA 22201
Mondays: 3:00 p.m., Wednesdays: 1:00 p.m., Thursday: 7:00 p.m., Saturdays: 10:00 a.m.
Tel: 703-228-5996.

Aurora Hills Branch Library
Fridays: 10:30a.m.
Tel: 703-228-5715

Columbia Pike Branch Library
Saturdays: 10:30am
Tel: 703-228-7761

More class offerings through Arlington County

NorthStar Network of Churches: ESL Programs

Fairfax County Public Schools: Adult English for Speakers of Other Languages
Tel: (703) 658-2727
Registration: (703) 658-1201

English Class Locations in Fairfax County

R.E.E.P. - Arlington Education and Employment Program
Class Schedule
Contact REEP:
Tel: (703)-228-4200 / Fax: (703) 527-6966
Fees apply.

Northern Virginia Community College (NOVA) |Intensive English Program
Fees apply.

Northern Virginia Regional Literacy Coordinating Committee
Provides a listing of ESL coordinating programs for Northern Virginia

Literacy Council of Northern Virginia
Tel: (703) 237-0866
Fees apply.

DC Metro English as a Second Language Club

inLingua English (Washington, DC and a school in Rosslyn - Arlington, VA)

Georgetown University Continuing Studies English Program

English Conversation Courses:

  • Integrated Communication Skills I, II & III (Intermediate)
  • Communicative Grammar (Intermediate)

Business English Courses:

  • Business Communications I, II & III (advanced)
  • Business Writing (advanced)

TOEFL Test Prep Courses:

  • iBT-TOEFL Preparation I, II & III (advanced)

Telephone: 202-687-4592


Distance Learning Through FSI
Only DoS direct-hire employees on a fixed schedule appointment that is over one year in duration and EFMs are eligible.

Department of State American English
A website for teachers and learners of American English as a Foreign Language

Rosetta Stone Online Language Learning
Offered through the Foreign Service Institute

Learning on the web for ESL Students: Activities for ESL Students

ESL Cyber Listening Lab

biNu – English Learning App
The American English version of biNu, an ultra-fast, all-in-one app, is available for your mobile phone.

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