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

    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
    2. Purdue University Global

    Program Options

    Bachelor's
      • BS in Early Childhood Administration
  • Online Programs Available
    3. Colorado Christian University

    Program Options

    Master's
      • Special Education, M.Ed.-Emphasis in Alternative Licensing
      • Special Education, M.Ed.-Endorsement in Special Education Generalist
    Bachelor's
      • Special Education, B.A. without Licensure
      • Special Education, M. Ed. without Licensure
      • Early Childhood Education, B.A. without Licensure
  • Online Programs Available
    4. Penn Foster High School

    Program Options

    High School Diploma
      • HS Diploma
  • Online Programs Available
    5. Saint Leo University

    Program Options

    Master's
      • MEd: Exceptional Student Education
  • Online Programs Available
    6. Brenau University

    Program Options

    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
  • Online Programs Available
    7. Regent University

    Program Options

    Doctorate
      • Doctor of Education - Character Education
      • Doctor of Education - Curriculum & Instruction
      • Ph.D. in Education - Character Education
      • Doctor of Education - Special Education
      • Ed.S. in Educational Leadership - Character Education
    Master's
      • M.Ed. in Teaching English as a Second Language (TESOL) - K-12 Track
      • M.Ed. in Teaching English as a Second Language (TESOL) - TESOL - Adult Education
      • M.Ed. in Curriculum & Instruction
      • M.Ed. in Curriculum & Instruction - Christian School
      • M.Ed. - Individualized Degree Program
      • Master of Arts in Practical Theology - Interdisciplinary Studies
    Bachelor's
      • Bachelor of Science in Early Childhood Education
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    Boston University

  • East Lansing, MI

    Michigan State University

  • Milwaukee, WI

    Marquette University

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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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Purdue University Global

  • BS in Early Childhood Administration

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Colorado Christian University

  • Special Education, M.Ed.-Emphasis in Alternative Licensing
  • Special Education, M.Ed.-Endorsement in Special Education Generalist
  • Special Education, B.A. without Licensure
  • Special Education, M. Ed. without Licensure

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Penn Foster High School

  • HS Diploma

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Saint Leo University

  • MEd: Exceptional Student Education

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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

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Regent University

  • Doctor of Education - Character Education
  • M.Ed. in Teaching English as a Second Language (TESOL) - K-12 Track
  • Bachelor of Science in Early Childhood Education

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