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. 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
      • PhD - International Education
      • Ed.D. - Special Education
    Master's
      • MAT - English Language Learning
      • M.Ed. - English Second Other Language/ESOL
      • M.Ed. - Curriculum and Teaching
      • M.Ed. - International Education
      • MEd - General Education
      • MEd - Special Education
    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
  • Online Programs Available
    2. Saint John's University

    Program Options

    Doctorate
      • Ph.D. in Literacy
      • Ph.D. in Literacy: Educational Leadership
      • Ph.D. in Literacy: Special Education
      • Ph.D. in Literacy: Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL)
      • Ph.D in Literacy: Literacy
  • Online Programs Available
    3. Purdue University

    Program Options

    Master's
      • Master of Science in Education in Special Education
  • Online Programs Available
    4. Penn Foster High School

    Program Options

    High School Diploma
      • Penn Foster High School with Early College Courses
      • HS Diploma
  • Online Programs Available
    5. American InterContinental University

    Program Options

    Master's
      • Master: Education - Curriculum and Instruction
      • Master: Education - Leadership in Educational Organizations
  • Online Programs Available
    6. Saint Joseph's University

    Program Options

    Master's
      • MS - Special Education with Autism Specialization
      • MS in Education - Special Education - Master's Only
      • MS in Education - Special Education and Special Education Certification
      • MS - Special Education with Wilson Reading Certificate
    Certificate
      • Certificate - Special Education
      • Certificate - Online Accelerated Teacher (OATCERT)
  • Online Programs Available
    7. Saint Mary's University of Minnesota

    Program Options

    Master's
      • Master of Arts in Special Education
  • Online Programs Available
    8. 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
  • Online Programs Available
    9. Indiana Wesleyan University

    Program Options

    Master's
      • Master of Education - Special Education
    Bachelor's
      • B.S. Early Childhood Education - Non-Licensure
    Associate's
      • A.S. Early Childhood Education
  • Philadelphia, PA

    University of Pennsylvania

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Northcentral University

  • PhD in Education - English Second Other Language/ESOL
  • MAT - English Language Learning
  • Education Specialist - English Second Language

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Saint John's University

  • Ph.D. in Literacy
  • Ph.D. in Literacy: Educational Leadership
  • Ph.D. in Literacy: Special Education

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Purdue University

  • Master of Science in Education in Special Education

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Penn Foster High School

  • Penn Foster High School with Early College Courses
  • HS Diploma

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American InterContinental University

  • Master: Education - Curriculum and Instruction
  • Master: Education - Leadership in Educational Organizations

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Saint Joseph's University

  • MS - Special Education with Autism Specialization
  • MS in Education - Special Education - Master's Only
  • Certificate - Special Education
  • Certificate - Online Accelerated Teacher (OATCERT)

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Saint Mary's University of Minnesota

  • Master of Arts in Special Education

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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

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