ALLIES Immigrant Integration Goal

2. English Skills

Increasing one’s English proficiency is an important goal for many immigrants whose primary or native language is different. Even immigrants who are native English speakers may seek to enhance their understanding, speaking and writing ability in American English accents, vocabulary and idioms.

The Immigrantinfo.org ESL Class Search page contains an interactive database of over 500 current ESL and Citizenship classes and providers in Santa Clara County. The resources listed below are organizations and other information in support of this goal.


Amigos de Guadalupe
Amigos addresses inequities through community organizing and advocacy, direct social service. and education: including legal clinics, family based petitions, Citizenship applications, DACA Renewals, Amigos ESL & Citizenship Classes , Know Your Rights workshops, emergency family plans, after-school and summer programming for young children /youth, and scholarships for new and continuing college students, Key Words: KYR, Financial Aid, Immigration, RRN Multi-language: Spanish Key Words: ALLIES2, ALLIES3, ALLIES4, ALLIES5, ALLIES7

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Building Skills Partnership (BSP)
BSP offers classes in computer, financial literacy, citizenship, ESL, literacy, parenting, community engagement, college access. SEIU-USWW union members are given priority, but will accept others if there is room. Multi-language: Spanish Key Words: Vocational Education, Job Training, Employment Training, ALLIES2, ALLIES5

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Campbell Adult & Community Education (CACE)
CACE offers Job Training, ESL, Citizenship, Basic Skills, High School Completion and GED/HiSet Preparation. The Career Center offers free academic and career counseling, in-class goal-setting and individualized learning plans. CACE offers open enrollment 4 times a year. Class schedules are flexible, with day, evening, weekend and online options. See CACE Immigrantinfo ESL Class Listing Member of the SBCAE (South Bay Consortium of Adult Education). Multi-language: Spanish, Vietnamese Key Words: Immigrant Integration, Vocational Training, Employment counseling, English as a Second Language, ALLIES2, ALLIES5, ALLIES6

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DCARA Deaf Multicultural Program
It is DCARA's goal to enhance Deaf Culture within the Deaf ethnic communities by offering services that emphasize community education, and provide socialization opportunities that will enrich the quality of life for these individuals and their families. ASL Classes for Deaf Immigrants, Immigration Advocacy, Education, Counseling, Information & Referral Key Words: American Sign Language

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ESL America
ESL America is an English language website to practice conversation, vocabulary, grammar, reading, and more AND all of it has sound so you can listen while you practice Key Words: Student Resource, Teacher Resource, ALLIES2

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East Side Union HS District Adult Education (ESUHD)
Programs include Career Technical Education, ESL/Citizenship, High School Equivalency, and Adult Literacy. Member of the SBCAE (South Bay Consortium of Adult Education). Multi-language: Spanish, Vietnamese Key Words: ALLIES2, ALLIES5, Vocational Training, GED, English as a Second Language, See ESHUD Immigrantinfo ESL Class Listing

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Escuela Popular
Part of Escuela Popular's serves "families" of learners. Parents and their children attend school and learn English together. Reversing the dominant educational trend that instruction must be slowed down to meet the needs of recent immigrants and English language learners. This emphasis on remedial instruction widens the achievement gap while decreasing student engagement. A bilingual individual can more easily adapt to new situations, appreciate opposing views and navigate in a growing global socie]' ?ty where knowing more than one language has become the norm. The Dual Language Academy currently serves grades transitional kinder to eight. Bi-lingual: Spanish Key Words: Integration. ALLIES2

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EveryoneOn
EveryoneOn is a national nonprofit working to eliminate the digital divide by making high-speed, low-cost Internet service and computers, and free digital literacy courses accessible to all unconnected Americans. We aim to leverage the democratizing power of the Internet to provide opportunity to all Americans - regardless of age, race, geography, income, or education level. Through partnerships with local Internet service providers, EveryoneOn is able to offer free or $9.95 home Internet service in 48 states and the District of Columbia. We work with device refurbishers, so individuals and their families can purchase discounted devices, including $150 tablets and $199 laptops. Spanish Key Words ALLIES2

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Gavilan College
Gavilan College offers day, evening, weekend and online programs of liberal arts and sciences, and study in the pre-professional, business, vocational, and technical fields. Free Non-credit courses include ESL, Citizenship, High School Equivalency (GED), Basic Academic Skills, and Short term vocational. They are open to all community members. There are no tests, no quizzes, no grades, and no citizenship requirements. NC courses are offered at sites in Gilroy, San Benito County, and Morgan Hill. Non Credit office (408) 852-2824. Member of SBCAE (South Bay Consortium of Adult Education) Key Words: ESL, Immigrant Integration, Vocational Training, ALLIES2, ALLIES5 Multi-language: Spanish See Gavilan Immigrantinfo ESL Class Listing

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Grail Family Services
GFS fosters learning and the empowerment of vulnerable East San Jose families with young children through programs that educate, develop leadership skills, and build a sense of community. Multi-language: Spanish Key Words: Networking, Cooperative, Parenting, Literacy, Advocacy Key Words: ALLIES2, ALLIES7

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IRC (International Rescue Committee) - San Jose
Providing Immigration legal services, legal consultations, relative visa petitions, adjustment of status, consular processing, employment authorization, affidavit of support, removal of conditional residence, refugee travel documents, naturalization, alien registration card replacement, freedom of information act request, document authenticity, information and referral. Member SCC Citizenship Collaboration. Multi-language: French, Laotian, Persian, Thai, Vietnamese, Oromo, Somali, Amharic, Assyrian, Arabic. Key Words: Refugee, RIF

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Jewish Family & Children's Services (JFCS)
Programs for adults, seniors, youth, children, refugees, emegres. Immigration, ESL and Citizenship assistance, financial assistance. Educational Scholarships and Loans Offices in Palo Alto, San Mateo, San Francisco, San Rafael, and Santa Rosa Key Words: Counties of Sonoma, Marin, San Mateo, SF, and Santa Clara, SCC, Koret, LGBT, Domestic Violence, Hospice, Counseling, Emergency Assistance Key Words: ALLIES2, ALLIES3, ALLIES5

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Jewish Family Services of Silicon Valley (JFSSV)
JFS SV is a non-profit agency that provides quality social, vocational, senior, counseling, refugee, immigration and citizenship services. Clients are served without regard to race, religion, ethnicity, or ability to pay. Vocaational ESL classes and multi-language services are available in: Assyrian, Farsi, Hebrew, Russian, Spanish, Turkish and Ukranian. Member RIF, Refugee & Immigrant Forum Key Words: Ethnic, immigrant integration

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Korean American Community Services - Silicon Valley
KACS of Silicon Valley provides social, educational, and cultural services for the Korean American community. KACS is dedicated to assisting the elderly, low-income individuals and families, recent immigrants and youth. Information & Referral, Citizenship Assistance in English and Korean, Translation, Counseling, Senior transportation, youth tutoring, Senior lunch Monday - Friday. Multi-language: Korean Key Words: Immigrant integration, Asian, food, nutrition

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Learn to Earn Toolkit
2017 Free Online ESL course curriculum for Intermediate and Advanced ESL Learners to enhance Workforce Integration and Basic Skills. 10 modules include: Critical Thinking, Diversity, English Language, Information Technology Application, Oral Communication, Professionalism, Reading Comprehension, Social Responsibility, Teamwork, Written Communication. Key Words: Instructor Resource, ALLIES2

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Learning and Loving Education Center
Literacy center with ESL, Literacy, Basic Education, computer classes and other workshops to empower and teach immigrant women and their children. Serving the Morgan Hill, San Martin, and Gilroy. Phone (408) 776-1196. Multi-language: Spanish Key Words: Advocacy, Childcare, Preschool, Parenting, Vocational Training, Spanish GED, High School Equivalency, ALLIES2

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Los Gatos Library
Free Library Cards for Santa Clara County Residents (any immigration status). Multi-language books, periodicals, videos, ESL Conversation Clubs, Citizenship Resources, ProCitizen Test Practice Literacy, Immigration Legal Asst. ALLIES2 See Immigrantinfo ESL Class Listing

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Map of South Bay Area ESL Providers
June, 2015. Produced through a mini-grant from Allies, this map pinpoints SBCAE Immigrant Integration Framework partners in the South Bay Area. Community Colleges, Adult Schools, Community Based Organizations. Key Words: ALLIES2

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Migrant Education Program SCC - Region 1
The general purpose of the Migrant Education Program is to ensure that migrant children fully benefit from the same free public education provided to other children. Design programs to help migrant children overcome educational disruption, cultural and language barriers, social isolation, various health-related problems, and other factors that inhibit their ability to do well in school, and to prepare them to make a successful transition to postsecondary education or employment. Counties served: Santa Clara, San Benito, San Mateo, Alameda, San Francisco, and Santa Cruz. Key Words: Student, ALLIES2, ALLIES5 Languages: Spanish

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Milpitas Adult School
Classes include ESL, Vocational Training, High School Equivalency, and other enrichment classes. Member of the SBCAE (South Bay Consortium of Adult Education). Multi-language: Spanish, Vietnamese Key Words: Immigrant Integration, Vocational Training, Employment counseling, English as a Second Language, ALLIES2, ALLIES5 See Milpitas AE Immigrantinfo ESL Class Listing

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Mission College
Located in the City of Santa Clara, Mission College offers a pathway to several futures, including transfer to a 4 year institution, a career of your choice, increasing skills for both higher education and the workforce and an Associate's Degree or Certificate that can get you on your way to any goal. Member of SBCAE (South Bay Consortium of Adult Education). Multi-Language: Spanish, Vietnamese Key Words: ESL, Immigrant Integration, Vocational Training, Employment, ALLIES2, ALLIES5 See Mission Immigrantinfo ESL Class Listing

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Morgan Hill Community Adult Education
In addition to ESL classes, adult students who want to improve their skills in reading, writing, and mathematics may enroll in our Adult Basic Skills classes. These classes are combined with test Preparation classes for High School Equiv. Member of SBCAE (South Bay Consortium of Adult Education). Multi-language: Spanish, Vietnamese Key Words: Immigrant Integration, Vocational Training, Employment counseling, English as a Second Language, ALLIES2, ALLIES5 See MorganHill AE Immigrantinfo ESL Class Listing

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Mountain View Library
Free Library Cards for Santa Clara County Residents, Multi-language books, periodicals, videos, ESL Conversation Club, Citizenship Resources, Literacy, Immigration Legal Asst. ALLIES2 See Immigrantinfo ESL Class Listing

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Mt. View - Los Altos Adult Education (MVAE)
The Adult School is committed to serving adult learners who will gain the knowledge, skills, and proficiency necessary to achieve personal goals in employment, secondary education, and English language skills in order to become self-reliant and productive members of the community. Key Words: ALLIES2, ALLIES5

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Open Doors: Adult Education
A partnership of adult schools and community colleges in Santa Clara County helping students no matter where they are in their educational journey. Open Doors staff has knowledge of the large assortment of free and low cost programs available for all levels of adult student. Maybe you want to learn or improve your English, or earn a GED or Equivalency? Do you want to find a great career? Maybe you don't know where to start. Let our caring and supportive team help you with your next step. Key Words: SBCAE, SCC, Multi-language, ALLIES2, ALLIES5, Spanish, Vietnamese

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PARS Equality Center
PARS Services: immigration legal services, social services, tax preparation, job placement, employment and professional career networking, housing, advocacy, ESL and citizenship classes Key Words: Iranian, Persian, refugees, asylees, Member of SCC Refugee and Immigrant Forum (RIF) Multi-Language: Farsi Key Words: Allies2, Allies8, RIF

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Palo Alto Adult School
In addition to ESL classes, SCAE supports students in gaining the academic knowledge and skills needed to complete a secondary diploma, achieving their Adult High School Diploma or GED. acquire college readiness or prepare for vocational training. Key Words: ALLIES2, ALLIES5

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Palo Alto Library
3 Branches, Free Library Cards for Santa Clara County Residents, Multi-language books, periodicals, videos, ESL Conversation Clubs, Citizenship Resources, Literacy, Immigration Legal Asst. ALLIES2 See Immigrantinfo ESL Class Listing

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Partners in Reading (PAR)
Free one-to-one and small group tutoring for adults whose reading or writing skills are below the 9th grade level (any immigration status). and speak / understand conversational English. Tutoring is provided at the MLK Library or another public site in San Jose. Free Beginning and Intermediate ESL classes are offered. Key Words: Family Literacy, Computer Literacy, Immigrant Integration, Education. ALLIES2, ALLIES6 Language: Spanish Area Served: San Jose, CA

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ProLiteracy
ProLiteracy, the largest adult literacy and basic education membership organization in the nation, believes that a safer, stronger, and more sustainable society starts with an educated adult population. WE SUPPORT 1,000 member programs in the U.S. and 25 countries worldwide that provide adult literacy instruction. WE ADVOCATE for awareness, funding, and support for a more literate society. WE PROVIDE professional development to increase the capacity and quality of adult literacy programs. WE PRODUCE more than 400 print and digital instructional tools for tutors and students. Key Words: ALLIES2

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Refugee Phrasebooks - 16 Languages
In the 1980s and 1990s, the Cultural Orientation Resource Center was funded to develop phrasebooks for selected refugee populations. These phrasebooks include appropriate English phrases for use in daily American life, selected to be direct, brief, and relevant. Among the nineteen units included are sections on Giving Information About Yourself, Recognizing Signs, Dealing With Money, Health, Food, Clothing, Housing, and Jobs. Each phrasebook is approximately 140 pages and can be downloaded for free. Languages: Russian, Spanish, Bosnian / Croatian / Serbian, Chinese (Cantonese), , Somali . Czech, Farsi , Haitian Creole, Hungarian, Hmong,, Khmer . Lao , Polish and Vietnamese Key Words: Multi-language, Translate, Interpret, ALLIES2

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Refugee Transitions (RT)
Refugee Transitions is the only nonprofit agency in the San Francisco Bay Area that arranges English language and civics classes at community sites. We hire qualified teachers, assess students using the Comprehensive Adult Student Assessment System (CASAS), and develop our curriculum to meet the needs of the newcomer student population.  The new Women's Initiative is based on RT's innovative parent/tot class, which focuses on education for both mothers and their preschool-aged children. The class includes multilingual, culturally sensitive assistance by female community leaders. These leaders, as well as the childcare assistants, are hired from within the communities that we serve, which include forcibly displaced populations from Afghanistan, Syria, and Yemen. Key Words: ESL, ALLIES2, RIF

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SCC Libraries (SCCL)
8 Santa Clara County branch locations, 24/7 E-resources, plus a bookmobile. (Serving Campbell, Cupertino, Gilroy, Los Altos, Milpitas, Morgan Hill, Saratoga and Woodland) Free Library Cards for Santa Clara County Residents (any immigration status). Access to numerous resources including multi-language books, periodicals, videos, ESL Conversation Clubs, Citizenship Resources, Tutoring, Immigration Legal Asst Key Words: ALLIES2, ALLIE3, ALLIES6, ALLIES7 See Immigrantinfo ESL Class Listing

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Sacred Heart Community Services
SHCS offers a broad range of social programs including assistance with food, clothing, housing, utilities, employment search, financial coaching, tax preparation, counseling and advocacy. .Multi-language: Spanish Key Words: Mental Health, families, vulnerable populations, ALLIES1, ALLIES2, ALLIES7

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San Jose Public Library System (SJPL)
27 Branches, Free Library Cards for Santa Clara County Residents (any immigration status). Multi-language books, periodicals, videos, ESL Conversation Clubs, Citizenship Resources, Tutoring, Partners in Reading, Literacy, Immigration Legal Asst. See Immigrantinfo ESL Class Listing Key Words: ALLIES2, ALLIES3, ALLIES6, ALLIES7

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San Jose-Evergreen Community College District (SJCC-EVC)
Preparing students for transfer into a 4 year college or university or career path. Free Open Entry Non-Credit ESL program. Member of SBCAE (South Bay Consortium of Adult Education). Key Words: Immigrant Integration, Vocational Training, Employment counseling, English as a Second Language, San Jose City College, ALLIES2, ALLIES5 Multi-Language: Spanish, Vietnamese See EVC Immigrantinfo ESL Class Listing and SJCC Immigrantinfo ESL Class Listing

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Santa Clara Adult Education (SCAE)
Along with four other adult schools and four community colleges, our region is focusing on pathways to college and career opportunities that lead to higher education and economic mobility for all students. A continued focus on immigration integration builds English language skills, civic duty, social and cultural inclusion and fosters literacy for children. SCAE is a member of the South Bay Consortium for Adult Education (SBCAE). Please visit website at www.SBCAE.org for more information. Key Words: ESL, vocational training, employment counseling, ALLIES2, ALLIES5, Multi-Language: Spanish, Vietnamese See SCAE Immigrantinfo ESL Class Listing

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Santa Clara City Library
3 Branches, Free Library Cards for Santa Clara County Residents (any immigration status). Multi-language books, periodicals, videos, ESL Conversation Clubs, Citizenship Resources, Adult and Family Literacy Services , Immigration Legal Asst. See Immigrantinfo ESL Class Listing Key Words: ALLIES2, ALLIES6

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Santa Maria Urban Ministry (SMUM)
SMUM provides the local community with a safe, welcoming place to seek basic services that meet short-term needs, and educational and targeted services to support permanent transformation. Bi-lingual Spanish programs include ESL classes, after school tutoring and homework sessions, ABC preschool and a food pantry. | Spanish |

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Silicon Valley Adult Education (SVAE)
Courses range from basic skills in math, reading and writing, ESL Citizenship to Career Technical (Vocational) certificate programs. Member of the SBCAE (South Bay Consortium of Adult Education). Key Words: ALLIES,2 ALLIES5 See SVAE Immigrantinfo ESL Class Listing Multi-language: Spanish, Vietnamese

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Sunnyvale Library
Free Library Cards for Santa Clara County Residents (any immigration status). Multi-language books, periodicals, videos, ESL Conversation Clubs, Citizenship Resources, Literacy, Immigration Legal Asst. See Immigrantinfo ESL Class Listing

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Sunnyvale-Cupertino Adult Education
In addition to ESL classes, SCAE supports students in gaining the academic knowledge and skills needed to complete a secondary diploma, achieving their Adult High School Diploma or GED. acquire college readiness or prepare for vocational training. Our Transition Team is available to work with you on your college and career goals. Key Words: ALLIES2, ALLIES5 Multi-language: Spanish, Vietnamese ESL Class Schedule

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West Valley Community College (WVC)
Academic and Career Programs at WVC provide opportunities to advance educational goals, including: transfer to university and state institutions or to provide a wide range of career opportunities. WVC has the appropriate degree and certificate programs. Member of SBCAE (South Bay Consortium of Adult Education) Key Words: ESL, Immigrant Integration, Vocational Training, ALLIES2, ALLIES5 Multi-language: Spanish See WVC Immigrantinfo ESL Class Listing

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