ESL classes available at Wilton Library

Wilton Library will be hosting English As A Second Language, with classes beginning Monday, Sept. 30.

The course, given by Westport Continuing Education, will be every Monday and Wednesday morning until Dec. 18, with no class on Oct. 14 or Nov. 27. Class time is 9:30 to 11:30.

Class size is limited and will be determined by placement testing, to be held Wednesday, Sept. 25, from 9:30 to 11. Registration will also take place at that time.

Wilton Library program manager Karen Danvers said that while it’s unique to have a course being administered by Westport Continuing Education at the library, she also offered a simple reason.

“We hold it here because it’s an easy location,” she said.

She added that the class season often ends with a multi-cultural party in which students bring in food native to their countries.

According to the National Center for Education Statistics, English As A Second Language, or English Language Learners (ELL) students have increased over the last decade, rising to nearly five million public school students in the United States. In Connecticut, 5.6% of public school students were considered ELL students, though data was only available through 2010-11.

The classes are open to Wilton, Westport and Weston residents, and Ms. Danvers said the library’s work with Westport Continuing Education has been mutually successful.

“We love collaborating with them,” she said.

For more information, visit, or call 203-762-3950. For more on Westport Continuing Education, visit

—Rob Adams