English as a Second Language

ESL Conversation Group

Due to the pandemic, the library is offering modified ESL services. If you’re interested in working on your English skills from home, email orla.cassidy@demarest.bccls.org

The Demarest Library offers conversation groups for English language learners. Meetings are:

  • Wednesdays from 1:00pm to 2:30pm

During the pandemic, meetings will take place at the Demarest Train Station at 24 Park Street in Demarest, NJ. We’ll meet at the picnic tables outside the train station in good weather and inside the train station when the weather is bad. Please bring a mask.

Registration is not required. These groups are relaxed, conversation-focused, and full of friendly students. For more information, contact Orla at 201-768-8714 or orla.cassidy@demarest.bccls.org, or stop by the upstairs desk.

For Beginners

Rosetta Stone

Anyone with a New Jersey library card can now access Rosetta Stone, an online language learning system. You need your library card number to create an account.


Building a Strong Vocabulary is a free app that strengthens your vocabulary by matching words with their definitions.

Other Resources

For intensive English classes, consider the following free resources:

  • Greater Bergen Community Action offers free ESL and New Americans classes. Classes are held in Palisades Park, Cliffside Park, and Garfield and run for 10 week sessions, four times a year. Registration takes place two months before each session on Fridays at 10 am. Students must bring ID, proof of address, and a social security card if they have one. Students take a placement test to determine which level class they will enter. Call the Garfield office to register to take the test at 973-685-0005, extension 7150. The address for the Garfield office is:
    541 Midland Avenue
    Garfield, NJ 07026

    The office is at the back of the building.

  • Bergen County Technical Schools offer free English Literacy & Civics and free ESL classes. For more information, call Silvia at 201-343-6000, extension 4639 between 8am and 4pm or visit the ESL/GED office:
    Adult Education Building
    190 Hackensack Avenue
    Hackensack, NJ 07601