For English Language Learners

Employment Readiness and Life Skills


Are you a new resident of the U.S.?  Have you been in the U.S. for years and need to improve your English skills?  Our ESL instructors will help you with all aspects of the English language so you can feel more comfortable communicating, working, and living in the United States.


Hundreds of students from all over the world come to us every year to take the first step to a stronger, better future in the United States with our enjoyable, informative, tuition-free classes.  Our ESL classes concentrate on employment readiness with funding from the New Jersey Department of Labor and Workforce Development.

Greater Bergen Community Action
  • Residents of Bergen County and neighboring counties

  • Non-native speakers of English

  • Any adult age (18 and up)

  • Adults who are authorized to live, work, or go to school in the U.S.


Our beginner, intermediate and advanced ESL classes help you learn the language of the USA, American culture, and customs.

  • English language skills: reading, writing, speaking, and listening, including vocabulary, conversation, and pronunciation

  • Life skills: banking, shopping, using community resources, etc.

  • Job readiness: Job search skills, interviewing skills, resume building, etc.

  • Community involvement: civics, guest speakers, and field trips


Our classes are tuition free.

The program is funded by the NJ Department of Labor and Workforce Development.

  • Four 10-week cycles per year.

  • Classes take place two days a week, for three hours each

  • Morning and evening sessions are available

  • Space is limited to 20 students per class



541 Midland Ave

Garfield, NJ 07026

Beginner level

Monday and Wednesday 9:30 am – 12:30 pm

Monday and Wednesday 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Intermediate level

Monday and Wednesday 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Tuesday and Thursday 9:30am-12:30pm

Cliffside Park:

263 Lafayette Ave

Cliffside Park, NJ 07010

Beginner level

Tuesday and Thursday 9:30 am – 12:30 pm

Intermediate level

Tuesday and Thursday 9:30 am – 12:30 pm

Palisades Park:

Palisades Park Public Library:

257 Second Street

Palisades Park, NJ 07650

Advanced level

Monday and Wednesday 10:30 am – 1:30 pm

  1. Call to make an appointment to register and take a placement test

  2. Go to your appointment with:

    1. Social Security card

    2. Photo ID (for instance, driver’s license or passport)

    3. Proof of address (Driver’s license or utility bill)

Register now, as space is limited.


Garfield classes:

(973) 685-0005 x7150

The program is funded by a grant from the NJ Department of Labor and Workforce Development

Cliffside Park or Palisades Park classes:

(201) 366-1020 x7236


This class is very useful and interesting for me.  I met many students from other countries and we have a

lot of joy.  Thank you for this opportunity.

-Yunah K. 

I want to say thank you to GBCA for these great ESL classes.  Our ESL class life is coming to an end, but my gratitude for you will not end.  I truly appreciate and value everything I have learned.  Thank you for teaching me to love English.  Now, I'm not afraid to speak with people and I can also go to an interview and get a job.  I can do it! I will do it!

-Anastasia K.

Greater Bergen Community Action

Greater Bergen Community Action is a 501(c) (3), not-for-profit Community Action Agency. Established in 1967, Greater Bergen is part of a nationwide network of poverty-fighting enterprises which were established as part of the nation’s effort to address the intractable and persistent problem of poverty in America.


Contact Us

GBCA Headquarters
392 Main Street
Hackensack, NJ 07601


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Registered 501(c)(3). EIN: 22-1818014