ESL Classes, Tutoring and Test Centers

Paul Zink, Selector

Conversation Groups

Join other residents to practice your spoken English in a comfortable, informal setting.

  • Main Library: Tuesdays at 1:30 p.m. in Conference Room A on the Mezzanine. (No class on Nov. 11, 2014)
  • Farmington Library: Fridays at 10:30 a.m. in the Conference Room. (Beginning Sept. 5, 2014, No class on Nov. 28, 2014)

Tours and Facilities

The Farmington Community Library gives tours to classes and community organizations that serve English as a Second Language students and Adult New Readers.

Topics covered in the presentations and Library tours generally include: Using the Library, Getting a Library Card, our ESL Collection, and Introduction to Library Materials and Services.

Call the Main Library at (248) 553•0300 to arrange for a tour. Tutoring rooms are available during Library hours, and are located in Adult Services at the Main Library.


Classes, Tutoring and Test Centers

ETS Test of English As A Foreign Language Services
ETS Corporate Headquarters
Rosedale Road,
Princeton, NJ 08541
(609) 921•9000

The Library receives a free bulletin from ETS that includes TOEFL registration and test centers in the U.S.

English As A Second Language
Oakland Community College
Orchard Ridge Campus
27055 Orchard Lake Road
Farmington Hills 48334
(248) 552•3672.

English as a 2nd Language provides language courses and programs for individuals learning English as a Second Language.

English Language Institute

The English Language Institute (ELI) of Wayne State University specializes exclusively in teaching English communication, cultural orientation, and academic preparation skills to non-native speakers of English from all over the world. Call for registration times and fees.

Established in 1974, the ELI is committed to assisting individuals at all levels of English proficiency to develop their English communication skills in the shortest possible time. A major focus of the ELI is to help language learners build confidence in their own language abilities as a result of their increasing English proficiency.

The intensive nature of language instruction at the ELI enables language learners to focus on the language skills they need most and to make the greatest progress possible in the time they have for language learning. The ELI offers comprehensive and innovative language programs which provide students with the best English instruction, the newest methodologies, and the most up-to-date language-instruction technology available in the United States.

Detroit Main Campus
(Main Contact for All Locations)
351 Manoogian Hall
906 W. Warren Avenue
Detroit, Michigan 48202
(313) 577•2729

Farmington Hills:
Oakland Center Campus
33737 West 12 Mile Rd.
Farmington Hills, Michigan 48331

Madison Heights:
Madison Heights Center
Lamphere High School
610 W. 13 Mile Road
Madison Heights, MI 48071

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International Institute
of Metropolitan Detroit, Inc.
111 East Kirby
Detroit, MI 48202
(313) 871•8600.

The Institute serves people who have just arrived in America or Metro Detroit. The Institute offers: English Language classes, citizenship classes, counseling, job counseling, translators and interpreters, consultations and referrals on ethnic matters and international language classes.

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(Michigan Test of English Language Proficiency)
OCC Orchard Ridge Campus
27055 Orchard Lake Road
Farmington Hills, MI 48334
(248) 341•2000.

The MTELP is administered by OCC to students whose primary language is not English. The test ensures accurate placement for college classes. Click on the Web site for information about the test and further information.

Oakland Community College ESL
27055 Orchard Lake Road
Farmington Hills, MI 48334
(248) 522•2590.

English as a Second Language courses are offered at four OCC campuses: Royal Oak, Southfield, Auburn Hills and Farmington Hills (Orchard Ridge). These courses help prepare students to be successful in other academic courses.

Four levels of combined writing/reading courses, four levels of combined grammar/listening courses, and two levels of speaking courses are offered. These are credit courses that follow the semester plan. In addition, two campuses also offer a lower level, non-credit course—the Bridge Class—for students who are not ready for the lowest level of the credit program.

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Oakland Literacy Council
17 South Saginaw
Pontiac, MI 48342
(248) 253•1617.

The Oakland Literacy Council offers free tutoring to students and adults in Oakland County. Weekly tutoring sessions are offered to teach reading, writing, spelling, and conversational English.

TOEFL Preparation Workshops
Schoolcraft College
18600 Haggerty
Livonia, MI 48152
(734) 462•4400.

The Test Preparation Workshop includes 8 sessions - 24 hours of classroom time. The Workshop also includes a textbook, audio cassette and CD-ROM with practice tests. Call for registration times and fees. Schoolcraft also offers spoken academic communication classes.

U. of M English Language Institute
500 E. Washington St.
Ann Arbor, MI 48104-2028
(734) 764•2413.

The English Language Institute was established in 1941 as the first English language research and teaching program of its kind in the United States. Since its founding, the ELI has become a leader in language teaching, learning, and assessment, in applied linguistics research, and in teacher education at the University of Michigan and throughout the world.

U.S. Citizenship & Immgration Services Study Materials for the Naturalization Test.

During your naturalization eligibility interview, a USCIS officer will test your ability to read, write, and speak English (unless you are exempt from the English requirements). You will also be given a civics test in English (to test your knowledge and understanding of U.S. history and government) unless you are exempt. Even if exempt from the English test, you will need to take the civics test unless you qualify for a waiver. You may also be eligible to take the civics test in your native language with the assistance of an interpreter if you qualify.