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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 $52. 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 $167 per hour.

30-min $15
 
$31 average
$85
45-min $15
 
$41 average
$108
60-min $15
 
$52 average
$167

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 22% less expensive at $41, and 30-minute lessons cost 41% less at $31.

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

Amy C.

Weehawken, NJ
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Henry M.

San Jose, CA
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Taro T.

Washington, DC
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About Amy C.

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Weehawken, NJ

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I currently work for and have been extensively trained by The VIPKID organization where, over the internet, I teach children from China to speak English. I have won praise from both my students and their parents for my empathetic and patient approach.

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Bob S. May 3, 2018
· Singing · In studio
Amy is a true professional at both the art of singing and teaching. A pleasure to work with!
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Jennie A. April 28, 2018
· Acting · Online
Amy was wonderful! She made me feel so comfortable and gave me many points to help me be successful in my new career!
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Lydia O. March 21, 2018
· Vocal Training · In studio
Amy is amazing

About Henry M.

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San Jose, CA

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CTESOL certified teacher with a Bachelor's Degree in Journalism. Emmy Award-winning writer with experience in all aspects of language and culture, including business, economics, law, government, theology, history and primary education. I speak three languages and I'm learning Polish, enabling me to take the learner's perspective. I've taught all levels and all aspects of the language, including pronunciation, business english, English for Special Purposes, TOEFL and SAT.

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Jacek March 16, 2018
· English · In home
I am very satisfied and happy
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Blake H. December 29, 2017
· German · Online
The past five months spent with Henry teaching me my second language has been worthwhile. My decision to choose him as my instructor has paid off exponentially. He immediately immerses you in the language and steadily increases your exposure as you gain proficiency. This is exactly what I was looking for in a teacher, someone to push and challenge me to learn but also there when I was having difficulty.

As someone who has zero experience with the German language he definitely provided the firm foundation I needed to confidently continue my studies alone. I have no doubt when the time comes for more lessons I will revert back to Henry.

Er ist ein sehr guter Lehrer!
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Takekiyo August 19, 2017
· ESL · In studio
Thank you for your good lesson!

About Taro T.

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Washington, DC

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As someone who has successfully learned English, I can guide you through your learning process to take your English to the next level. Everyone has different points to work on such as speaking, accent reduction, reading and writing. I will identify your sticking points and help you overcome your challenges with the English language.

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H.H March 18, 2018
· Japanese · Online
Taro is a great teacher. Rather than simply expecting rote memorization, he uses practical applications to help you learn and understand the material.
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Gabriel Freitas December 21, 2017
· Japanese · Online
Taro is a very nice helpful and professional Sensei

Highly recommended.
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Shell December 2, 2017
· Japanese · In studio
Mr. Taro is a marvelous teacher! He is very patient and kind. He works hard to tailor his lessons to your need. His lessons encompass speaking, reading, and writing. It doesn’t matter if you are new to Japanese or already have foundational conversational skills, Mr. Taro can help your Japanese skills reach the next level!

Elsa S.

Hackensack, NJ
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Dianne N.

Castro Valley, CA
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Ramona G.

Lancaster, CA
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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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Lisa S. April 13, 2018
· French · Online
Elsa is a great teacher. Highly recommended.
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Amber W. March 21, 2018
· French · Online
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Jennifer F March 18, 2018
· French · Online
Elsa is patient, kind, encouraging and cheerful. She also customizes content based on your specific wants, needs, and intentions. She is a pleasure to work with and very flexible / accommodating given the irregularity of my schedule. I look forward to my French class with Elsa every week!

About Dianne N.

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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.

About Ramona G.

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Lancaster, CA

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Need to learn English? Let me help you and your family master reading, writing and speaking the English language. My course is easy and enjoyable. I want all of my students to speak English articulately. I have been teaching and working with children for over 20 years. My success rate is very impressive. Most of my children enter Kindergarten, reading English on a forth grade reading level. I love working with families and individuals.
Let's talk about getting you fluent!

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Hayley January 2, 2018
· ESL · In home
Ramona was my teacher for 2 yrs, she never gave up on me, even when I was slacking off she stayed on me and didn't let me give up on myself. She's a good listener and she cares about her students. She doesn't move on until understand, until you get it. that helped me not to give up on myself.
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Sharice January 2, 2018
· ESL · In home
Ramona became more than a teacher to me. She was loving and always in a good mood. She was patient when I didn't comprehend right away. She made me feel confident about what I was speaking to others. Ramona put her heart into my life and stuck with me until she gave me everything I needed to stand on my own. I am now a teacher and I try very hard to use the skills and patience she's taught me with my students.
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Sylvia October 29, 2017
· ESL · Online
Ramona G was my daughter's amazing teacher. As an instructor she is thorough, giving great attention to detail yet at the same time she is succinct. She has the ability to teach a large class and give each student the personal attention they need. Combine that with her patience, kindness, wit and wisdom along with personal interest in ensuring her students are successful, gives you the best teacher you could possibly have.

Why TakeLessons?

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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