English Language Learners (ELL) Resources and Programs in Detroit

For parents and students who live in Detroit and speak a first language such as Spanish, there various ELL resources and programs to choose from.

Working to learn English as a second language? Know a student or friend who is looking for English language learners (or ELL) resources and programs in the city of Detroit? This roundup will prove helpful. Below, find listings with information.

Details about these programs may have changed, so call ahead to check requirements, availability, times and possible costs. Know of any other English as a second language lessons and programs in the city of Detroit? Comment on this post and add them to the list and be sure to check out why local educators think that learning a foreign language is important. 

Cesar Chavez Academy 

  • 4100 Martin St., Detroit
  • 313-361-8689

This program is run through the Cesar Chavez Academy District and provides classes that promote English reading, writing, and listening competency for those whose second language is English.

Detroit Hispanic Development Corporation

  • Address: 1211 Trumbull St., Detroit
  • Phone: 313-967-4880

Adults are welcome to attend classes focused on reading, writing, listening and speaking, running 10 a.m.-1 p.m. and 5-8 p.m. Mondays-Thursdays. Childcare is provided to students of these classes.


  • Address: Main office: 4138 W. Vernor Highway, Detroit; Classes: 7150 W. Vernor Highway, Detroit
  • Phone: 313-554-2025

The nonprofit Latin Americans for Social and Economic Development Inc. (LA SED) offers several programs for ESL and more. Whether you require beginner or intermediate classes, sign up here. Classes are 10 a.m.-noon Tuesday and Thursday. Registration begins in September 2017.

Pro-Literacy Detroit

  • Address: 12300 Morang St., Detroit
  • Phone: 313-926-6678

Here, you can find ESL tutoring programs and more. Call for details. Open 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Friday.

Southwest Counseling Solutions

  • Address: ELLP Main office: 7060 McGraw St., Detroit
  • Phone: 313-896-2800

Southwest Counseling Solutions has an English Language Learners Program (ELLP) for families who do not speak English for kids pre-K through third grade, and there are sessions for parents, too.

Wayne State University 

  • Address: 351 Manoogian Hall, Detroit
  • Phone: 313-577-2729

The English Language Institute at Wayne State University specializes in academic prep skills. Uses the newest language-teaching methodology including audio, visual and computer tech.

Trying to find foreign language programs for kids in southeast Michigan? Check out our list of the best. 

This post is updated regularly. 

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