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From finding the perfect teacher to managing payments, scheduling and tracking your progress, we take care of all the details, so you can focus on learning. Learn More

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Compare hundreds of teachers based on the criteria that matter to you, including background checks, age and experience.

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When you've found the perfect match, schedule your lessons online using the teacher's real-time availability.

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Your teacher will welcome you with a personalized curriculum to meet your specific goals and you'll be able to manage your entire schedule through our free online account.

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Local Lessons

No matter where you live, chances are we can introduce you to an amazing teacher in your neighborhood. You can take lessons in the privacy of your own home or at your teacher's location.

Online Lessons

What if your dream teacher is on the other side of the country? No problem. You can meet with your teacher online using a webcam on your computer.

Average Cost of ESL Lessons

The average cost of 60-minute ESL lessons is $54. While the exact cost will vary depending on the teacher, type of lesson, and your location, you should expect to spend anywhere between $15 and $243 per hour.

30-min $15
 
$33 average
$209
45-min $15
 
$44 average
$226
60-min $15
 
$54 average
$243

For the best experience, we typically recommend 60-minute ESL lessons. However, students looking for a more affordable option may want to consider a shorter lesson length of 45 or 30 minutes. On average, 45-minute ESL lessons are 19% less expensive at $44, and 30-minute lessons cost 39% less at $33.

Curious how much ESL lessons cost in your area? Do a quick search to get local prices for the best ESL teachers .

ESL Lesson Reviews from Students

Students are raving about their ESL instructors on TakeLessons. Check out some of these recent reviews.

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Popular ESL instructors

Steve S.

Chicago, IL
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Ben U.

Columbus, OH
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Elsa S.

Hackensack, NJ
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About Steve S.

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Chicago, IL
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I have over 13 years of teaching experience as well as a graduate degree in TESL/TEFL.

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Grace M. August 30, 2018
· Public Speaking · Online
Good class!
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Kishor A. August 22, 2018
· Accent Reduction · Online
Steve is a professional, knowledgeable and patient trainer. He was very helpful in identifying my issues and correct those.
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Haroon A. July 27, 2018
· Accent Reduction · Online
Steve is a friendly instructor and he will work with you on areas that you need to improve, also his time management is great and I have been able to cancel or reschedule my classes with an hour before the class. His communication skill is also great and you can always have a meaningful conversation with him.

About Ben U.

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Columbus, OH

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It is my grasp of foreign languages that makes me an effective English teacher. For instance, learning the complex grammar of Latin and Greek gave me a thorough understanding of English grammar and the ability to relate to other people’s native languages. I have spent many hours proofreading papers for international students. They find my instruction especially informative because I not only fix mistakes but provide an explanation. When I point out the patterns of grammar, similar mistakes show up less and less, and my students feel more confident that they are writing sentences correctly.

I learned English teaching methods through my tutoring experience. Over a span of four months, I gave a Turkish visiting scholar a systematic overview of English grammar and allowed him to apply it through conversation.

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Lisa S. September 10, 2018
· Latin · Online
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Joe A. August 15, 2018
· Piano · In studio
Good so far, first one so getting bearings but should be what I need, very helpful and supportive
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Mary R. June 19, 2018
· Piano · In home
Ben goes patiently and slowly with my 3 granddaughters, ages 7 and 8.

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Hackensack, NJ

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I've been teaching English for 3 years and my students have gone from total beginner to intermediate level. Within the first few lessons, you'll be able to introduce yourself and speak about basic conversational subjects and as time goes on you'll be able to speak about many more specific topics. I can work with you on your written and oral understanding skills as well as written and oral producing. I love working with students of all ages and experience levels and I can't wait to meet you!

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YUKSEL September 17, 2018
· French · Online
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Daniel A. September 3, 2018
· French · Online
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Malia August 27, 2018
· French · Online
Elsa is a really fun, interesting and really patient teacher. An hour lesson just flys by and I’ve learned so much from her. She is really good at figuring out what level I am at in French and then pushing me a litttle to build on what I know and help me understand the proper way to word something and use past, present and future tense verbs.
Because she’s French, her accent is perfect, but she also speaks perfect English.
I’m so excited to return to France and to use all that I’ve learned from her!

Dianne N.

Castro Valley, CA
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Melissa M.

Roswell, GA
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Isabel L.

Smyrna, GA
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Castro Valley, CA
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I hold a Masters Degree in Education with an emphasis in Bilingual/Bicultural Education. Prior to earning my masters degree, I was a bilingual educator for six years. In addition, I have conducted research in language acquisition and have been trained using research based learning strategies.

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Roswell, GA
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I would love to help you perfect your English! As an experienced language teacher I have many tools to help you achieve your goals. I look forward to hearing from you.

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Darci January 15, 2018
· Spanish · In home
Melissa is the best! Extremely knowledgeable and patient with her students. I highly recommend her.
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Daniel Deadwyler January 1, 2018
· Spanish · In studio
Melissa is the most wonderful teacher in the world. Very patient with me and taylors my lessons to what I need at that time. I honestly couldn't ask for a better teacher!!! She has a wonderful grasp of Spanish and you cannot tell it's not her first language. Thanks you Melissa for the wonderful experience!!!!
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Meredith December 21, 2017
· Portuguese · In home
Melissa has an in-depth knowledge of Portuguese and is able to effectively explain complicated grammatical concepts, helping me to finally grasp some of the trickier verb tenses. Her passion for the language and teaching makes working with her a pleasure.

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Smyrna, GA
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each person is different, each person learns different... I try to find the easiest way for you

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Matt B. September 19, 2018
· French · Online
It was probably too much for my toddler. Isabel was patient and persistent, though.
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Martha September 17, 2018
· ESL · In home
She really help me thank you
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Sangeeta S. September 17, 2018
· Spanish · In home
Isabel is teaching my daughter for the last month and half and words fail to express my gratitude and happiness to find her as my daughter's teacher. She is very friendly, knowledgeable and designs the class based on my daughter's ability. I already seen lot of improvement in my daughter's Spanish speaking ability and also she is feeling confident. I am recommending her to my friend's and family who are planning Spanish lessons for their kids. Apart from Spanish she is fluent in Italian, German, French and Portuguese. A person who is affluent in so many languages really has the ability to understand the tricks of the trade in learning new languages and teaching new languages as well. We are going to continue with her for few more months and I am planning to take lessons as well. Overall, we are very very pleased with her teaching skills. Big Thums Up.

I recommend her to everyone who wants to learn Spanish.

Why TakeLessons?

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ESL Lessons

Do you want to take ESL lessons with the perfect teacher near you? If yes, then you’ve come to the right place. Private ESL lessons and classes with a TakeLessons Certified™ teacher - whether in-home, studio, or online - accelerates your progress, increases enjoyment, and improves every student's chances of becoming a fluent user of the ESL language. Private tutoring makes learning easy, it's more affordable than you might think, and it's the most impactful way to improve your skills for beginner or advanced learners.

Our ESL tutors work with students of all ages: kids, teenagers, adults, and even seniors. They can teach you the origins of the ESL language, in addition to the vocabulary, the grammar, the punctuation, the consonants, the vowels, allophones, sentence structures, gender differences, accent reduction, and other technical aspects. Learn about and experience the physical, social, and emotional benefits of learning ESL.

Though English is a relatively an easy language to master, it takes up to 24 weeks of deliberate practice to gain General Professional Fluency. A private tutor can help keep you focused, committed, and motivated, not to mention their ability to help you overcome any language hurdles you have trouble with.

Your tutor offers you expert language learning techniques and tips, and helps you develop good practice habits, so that you can maximize your learning experience, and achieve your goals faster. Learning ESL is extremely useful in the United States, it helps with career prospects, educational development, business opportunities, and personal relationships. Become a better English speaker, reader, writer, and communicator.

Whether you are a beginner, intermediate, or advanced student, our private teachers come from a variety of backgrounds, making it easy to find the perfect match for your interest and skill level. Each instructor's specialties are listed in their profile, along with details about their background check, photos, student feedback, and lesson availability.

Students taking online ESL classes benefit from greater convenience, enjoy better rates, and can choose from a wider selection of teachers nationwide. If you've ever taken any foreign language classes over Skype, you'll love using our interactive TakeLessons Classroom.

We guarantee a personalized experience that will make you glad you took up private lessons. In fact, we are so committed to your happiness that we offer all new customers a 100% Satisfaction Guarantee on your first lesson.

Alternative Language Lesson Methods:
ESL Apps and Books

For independent language learners, downloading popular language apps - free and premium - or checking out English books from the library are excellent options. They cost less overall than private lessons, and allow you to learn at your own pace, on your own time, and the topics of your own choosing. The downside is that you don't have personal instruction for the times you need to overcome any challenging obstacles. Learning with a partner or a teacher gives you the personal interaction you need to verbally practice and attempt the language.

Travel & Immersion

If you're considering study-abroad programs to the USA or other primarily English-speaking countries, work relocation, international business opportunities, or general travel as a means to learning the language, immersing your self in the origin country and interacting with locals is a surefire way to accelerate your learning. Reading signs, menus, and local newspaper magazines while abroad could expose you to all kinds of spontaneous subjects. Conversing with or having to ask native speakers for directions or recommendations forces you to proactively apply your lessons. The downside is that many students, professionals, and travelers don't feel as confident in taking this approach. Not knowing the basics of the language could backfire on you, and lead to poor decision making. If you learn basic conversation and the most popular phrases for traveling, then you can combine this knowledge with immersion and return home a more fluent speaker.

Group Classes

Taking small group classes to learn a new language is another good way to acquire basic language skills, immediate feedback, and human interaction. It combines both passive and active learning. A professional instructor leading the class can keep the agenda tight and ensure each student gets the chance to participate, and get their questions answered. It can also be more affordable than private 1-on-1 lessons. Find local group classes near you by doing a quick Google search, or better yet, sign up for TakeLessons Live, the new and affordable way to learn languages, and to learn how to play musical instruments in small groups of 5-8. You pay a flat monthly or annual fee, and get unlimited access to hundreds of classes online every month. Perfect for beginners.

At TakeLessons, we understand every student is different, and that the best way to learn any language is to try a combination of various learning techniques. Try all of the above, find out what works best for you, and then study hard and smart. It's only a matter of time before you achieve your goals.

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