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

  • Online Programs Available
    1. Grand Canyon University

    Program Options

    Master's
      • 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.Ed. in Early Childhood
    Bachelor's
      • 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
  • Online Programs Available
    2. Walden University

    Program Options

    Doctorate
      • Doctor of Education (EdD) - Curriculum, Instruction & Assessment
      • PhD in Education - Curriculum, Instruction, Assessment & Evaluation
      • PhD in Education - Learning, Instruction & Innovation
      • Doctor of Education (EdD) - Special Education
      • PhD in Education - Early Childhood Special Education
      • Doctor of Education (EdD) - Early Childhood Education
    Master's
      • MS in Education - Curriculum, Instruction & Assessment (Grades K-12)
      • MS in Education - Self-Designed
      • MS in Education - Special Education (Non-Licensure; Grades K-12)
  • Online Programs Available
    3. 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
    4. Northcentral University

    Program Options

    Doctorate
      • PhD in Education - English Second Other Language/ESOL
      • Ed.D. - English Second Other Language/ESOL
      • PhD in Education - Curriculum and Teaching
      • PhD in Education - Special Education
      • Ed.D. - International Education
      • Ed.D. - Special Education
  • Online Programs Available
    5. Colorado Christian University

    Program Options

    Master's
      • Curriculum and Instruction, M.A. - Emphasis in Culturally and Linguistically Diverse
      • Master of Education in Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Education
      • Special Education, M.Ed.-Emphasis in Alternative Licensing
      • Special Education, M.Ed.-Endorsement in Special Education Generalist
    Bachelor's
      • B.A. Special Education, K-12 Generalist (Non-Licensure)
      • Special Education, M. Ed. without Licensure
      • B.A. Special Education, K-12 Generalist (Licensure)
  • Online Programs Available
    6. Liberty University

    Program Options

    Doctorate
      • Doctor of Education - Curriculum and Instruction
      • Doctor Of Education - Leadership
    Master's
      • MAT: Special Education
  • Online Programs Available
    7. Regent University

    Program Options

    Master's
      • Master of Divinity - Interdisciplinary Studies
    Bachelor's
      • B.S. in Early Childhood Education
  • Campus and Online Programs
    8. Pacific Oaks College

    Program Options

    Master's
      • M.A. Education with Prelimary Education Specialist Instruction Credential
      • M.A. Early Childhood Education
    Bachelor's
      • B.A. Early Childhood Education
    Certificate
      • Preliminary Education Specialist Instruction Credential
      • Preliminary Multiple Subject Teaching Credential
  • Online Programs Available
    9. Concordia University Portland

    Program Options

    Master's
      • M.S. - Curriculum & Instruction: ESOL (K-Adult)
      • Master of Education - Curriculum & Instruction: Leadership
      • M.S. - Curriculum & Instruction: English Language Development
      • 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
  • Online Programs Available
    10. Penn Foster High School

    Program Options

    High School Diploma
      • HS Diploma

Featured Schools

The schools and programs listed below are popular educational options, and tuition varies based on program and location

Grand Canyon University

  • MA in Curriculum and Instruction
  • M.Ed. in Special Education: Cross-Categorical
  • Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education with an Emphasis in English as a Second Language
  • BS in Elementary Education / Special Education (Dual Major)

What is your highest level of education?

Walden University

  • Doctor of Education (EdD) - Curriculum, Instruction & Assessment
  • PhD in Education - Curriculum, Instruction, Assessment & Evaluation
  • MS in Education - Curriculum, Instruction & Assessment (Grades K-12)
  • MS in Education - Self-Designed

What is your highest level of education completed?

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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Northcentral University

  • PhD in Education - English Second Other Language/ESOL
  • Ed.D. - English Second Other Language/ESOL
  • PhD in Education - Curriculum and Teaching

What is your highest level of education?

Colorado Christian University

  • Curriculum and Instruction, M.A. - Emphasis in Culturally and Linguistically Diverse
  • Master of Education in Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Education
  • B.A. Special Education, K-12 Generalist (Non-Licensure)
  • Special Education, M. Ed. without Licensure

What is your highest level of education completed?

Liberty University

  • Doctor of Education - Curriculum and Instruction
  • Doctor Of Education - Leadership
  • MAT: Special Education

What is your highest level of education?

Regent University

  • Master of Divinity - Interdisciplinary Studies
  • B.S. in Early Childhood Education

What is your highest level of education completed?

Pacific Oaks College

  • M.A. Education with Prelimary Education Specialist Instruction Credential
  • B.A. Early Childhood Education
  • Preliminary Education Specialist Instruction Credential

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