Free Online English as a Second Language (ESL) Courses from Top Universities

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Top universities including Utah State University (USU), Brigham Young University (BYU) and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) offer English as a Second Language (ESL) courses. Three of such classes are available for free online.
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Free English as a Second Language (ESL) Courses

Non-native English speakers looking for free ESL classes online can choose from a handful on universities. Classes involve ESL training for native Spanish and Chinese speakers.

Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)

MIT's OpenCourseWare offers an an intensive course that focuses on expository writing for students who speak more than one language. This classes is aimed at helping students learn how to better craft essays, reports and term papers.

Utah State University (USU)

A course that teaches students how to speak English and Spanish simultaneously is offered though this school's University Extension program. The class requires students to download media players to listen to audio files.

Brigham Young University (BYU)

BYU Independent Study offers a number of free courses for personal development. One of these courses focuses on ESL for Chinese speaking students. This course is designed for beginners who cannot read, speak or write in English.

Free Online English as a Second Language Courses at a Glance

Course & School Program Level Format Assignments Quizzes & Exams Downloadable
Expository Writing for Bilingual Students course from Massachusetts Institute of Technology Undergraduate Text No No Yes
CALFNES Spanish course from Utah State University N/A Audio Yes No Yes
English as a Second Language-Chinese Speakers course from Brigham Young University N/A Text Yes No No

Popular Schools

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    1. Notre Dame de Namur University

    Program Options

    Master's
      • Master of Arts in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages
      • Master of Arts in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages
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    2. Purdue University Global

    Program Options

    Master's
      • Master: Teaching (for Aspiring Teachers: Grades 5-12)
      • Master: Education (for Practicing Teachers: K-12)
      • Master: Higher Education - College Teaching/Learning
    Bachelor's
      • BS in Early Childhood Administration
  • Online Programs Available
    3. Arkansas State University

    Program Options

    Master's
      • Master of Science in Education in Curriculum & Instruction
      • Master of Science in Education for Special Education - Instructional Specialist K-12
      • Master of Science in Education in Educational Theory & Practice
      • Master of Science in Education in Gifted, Talented, and Creative
      • Master of Science in Early Childhood Education
      • Master of Science in Early Childhood Services
    Certificate
      • Ed.S. Education Degree Specialist in Curriculum Director
      • Ed.S. Education Degree Specialist in Director of Special Education
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    4. Grand Canyon University

    Program Options

    Doctorate
      • EdD in Organizational Leadership - Special Education
      • Ed.D. in Organizational Leadership - Behavioral Health
    Master's
      • MA in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages
      • MA in Curriculum and Instruction
      • M.Ed. in Special Education: Cross-Categorical
      • M.Ed. in Master of Education in Early Childhood Education and Early Childhood Special Education-ITL
      • M.Ed. in Master of Education in Early Childhood Education and Early Childhood Special Education-NITL
      • M.A. in Communication with an Emphasis in Education
    Bachelor's
      • Bachelor of Arts in English for Secondary Education
      • Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education with an Emphasis in English as a Second Language
      • BS in Elementary Education / Special Education (Dual Major)
      • BS in Early Childhood
      • B.S. in Early Childhood Education and Early Childhood Special Education
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    5. Colorado State University Global

    Program Options

    Master's
      • MS - Teaching and Learning
  • Online Programs Available
    6. The George Washington University

    Program Options

    Master's
      • Masters in Interdisciplinary Secondary Transition Services
      • Master of Arts in Education and Human Development in Special Education for Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Learners
      • Master of Arts in Education and Human Development in Organizational Leadership and Learning
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    7. Brenau University

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    Master's
      • Master of Education - Early Childhood Education
    Bachelor's
      • Bachelor of Science in Education - Early Childhood Education
    Associate's
      • Associate of Arts in Liberal Studies - Early Childhood Education
    Certificate
      • Education Specialist - Special Education
      • Education Specialist - Early Childhood Education
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    8. Regent University

    Program Options

    Master's
      • Master of Arts in Practical Theology - Intercultural Studies
      • Master of Arts in Practical Theology - Interdisciplinary Studies
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    9. Concordia University Portland

    Program Options

    Master's
      • M.S. - Curriculum & Instruction: ESOL (K-Adult)
      • Master of Education - Curriculum & Instruction: Leadership
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      • MEd in Curriculum and Instruction - STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math)
      • M.S. - Curriculum & Instruction: The Inclusive Classroom (SPED)
      • MEd in Curriculum and Instruction - Early Childhood Education
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    10. Northcentral University

    Program Options

    Doctorate
      • PhD in Education - English Second Other Language/ESOL
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      • PhD in Education - Special Education
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    Master's
      • M.Ed. - English Second Other Language/ESOL
      • M.Ed. - Curriculum and Teaching
      • M.Ed. - International Education
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      • M.Ed. - Corporate Wellness
    Certificate
      • Education Specialist - English Second Language
      • Education Specialist - Curriculum and Teaching
      • Education Specialist - Special Education
      • Education Specialist - Global Training and Development
      • Education Specialist - Early Childhood Education

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Notre Dame de Namur University

  • Master of Arts in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages

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Purdue University Global

  • Master: Teaching (for Aspiring Teachers: Grades 5-12)
  • Master: Education (for Practicing Teachers: K-12)
  • BS in Early Childhood Administration

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Arkansas State University

  • Master of Science in Education in Curriculum & Instruction
  • Master of Science in Education for Special Education - Instructional Specialist K-12
  • Ed.S. Education Degree Specialist in Curriculum Director
  • Ed.S. Education Degree Specialist in Director of Special Education

What is your highest level of education completed?

Grand Canyon University

  • EdD in Organizational Leadership - Special Education
  • MA in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages
  • Bachelor of Arts in English for Secondary Education

What is your highest level of education?

Colorado State University Global

  • MS - Teaching and Learning

What is your highest level of education?

The George Washington University

  • Masters in Interdisciplinary Secondary Transition Services
  • Master of Arts in Education and Human Development in Special Education for Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Learners
  • Master of Arts in Education and Human Development in Organizational Leadership and Learning

What is your highest level of education?

Brenau University

  • Master of Education - Early Childhood Education
  • Bachelor of Science in Education - Early Childhood Education
  • Associate of Arts in Liberal Studies - Early Childhood Education
  • Education Specialist - Special Education

What is your highest level of education completed?

Regent University

  • Master of Arts in Practical Theology - Intercultural Studies
  • Master of Arts in Practical Theology - Interdisciplinary Studies
  • Master of Divinity - Intercultural Studies

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