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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.

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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 $48. 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 $240 per hour.

30-min $15
 
$28 average
$170
45-min $17
 
$39 average
$200
60-min $15
 
$48 average
$240

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 $39, and 30-minute lessons cost 42% less at $28.

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

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Kristin M.

Boston, MA
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Matthew H.

Cleveland, OH
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Ben U.

Columbus, OH
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About Kristin M.

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Boston, MA

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Let's have fun and enjoy English language conversation. We will explore idioms and nuances of American and British English -- slang, humor, formal, writing, and any use of English that is relevant for you.

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Brandon M. August 2, 2017
· Piano · In home
Incredibly enthusiastic and attentive. Highly recommended!
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Lou H. July 27, 2017
· Piano · In studio
Great first lesson! Kristin is very patient, and clear with her instructions.
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Diane July 4, 2017
· Piano · In home
My first piano lesson turned out to be so much more than I could have ever expected. My teacher, Kristin is so engaged in the lesson and so very well prepared. We covered so much in such a short time. She made every minute both fun and informative while providing a very friendly environment in her studio. I feel very fortunate to have found such a really competent music teacher.

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Cleveland, OH

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I teach English as a Second Language and English for Speakers of Other Languages. While teaching, I focus on pronunciation, vocabulary, spelling, reading, writing, sentence structure, subject-verb agreement, comprehension, etc. I have taught ESL/ESOL/TOEFL/TOEIC/IELTS to Saudi/Persian, Chinese/Taiwanese, Russian/Ukrainian/Latvian, Japanese, and Brazilian students, as well as others. I have helped six TOEFL candidates retake their test and score totals in listening, speaking, reading, writing as high as 96.

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Rafi August 21, 2017
· Algebra · In home
Matt was very efficient, on time, got down to the task straight away and knew his subject matter. My son really liked him. I highly recommend Matt.
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Heather August 19, 2017
· Algebra · Online
great first lesson
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Phillip Nunez January 6, 2017
· Microsoft Office · Online
Excellent communication skills, very proficient with his skill set.

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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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Catherine H. August 21, 2017
· Violin · Online
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Martha August 17, 2017
· Violin · Online
Very patient teacher.
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Rhyan S. June 8, 2017
· Violin · Online
Ben was patient, kind and full of knowledge. He was great at noticing her hand placement and would make visual corrections as well as show her examples of where she should be. For our first online lesson, I was very impressed. We still need to learn more about the technical aspects of being online (example: where to move the output video placement) but I think that just adds to the fun and experience of the whole process.

Henry M.

San Jose, CA
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Asheville, NC
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JULITA H.

Las Vegas, NV
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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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Takekiyo August 19, 2017
· ESL · In studio
Thank you for your good lesson!
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Alex October 26, 2015
· ESL · In home
The best ESL teacher EVER
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Daniel October 18, 2015
· TOEFL · In home
I highly recommend, the best teacher I’ve had. Responsible! Caring!

I took TOEFL perpetration classes with Henry. He is very knowledgeable and a great teacher. Because of his experience in journalism he has amazing knowledge in writing, reading, speaking, He worked on my general English skills first because I thought I had enough proficiency in English while I didn't, and after some classes he started TOEFL, he definitely knows what area of English I was weak in so, step by step, he lead me in the right direction. He's very responsible and carrying. I got a higher score than I was expecting.

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It's no secret, learning a new language is tough! I myself am a language student and understand the difficulties and hard work students must endure to learn a new language.

I spent three years living and traveling abroad. During this time, I began my career as an ESL instructor. Those three years provided me the foundation of experience as an ESL teacher that I continue to build upon today. I strive to provide students the knowledge and skills they need to meet their individual language goals. I use personalized lesson plans emphasizing an immersion into the English language and culture. My lessons will engage students not only by providing grammatical and vocabulary building exercises, but also by inducing conversational fluidity through fun and exciting speaking activities.

My classes begin with a presentation. This is the time when we work together to learn and understand a new topic in English. We may be learning about propositions of place such as "in at on." ...

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Ozgur August 12, 2017
· ESL · Online
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GARY August 8, 2017
· Accent Reduction · Online
Thank you so much! People are noticing the difference. It's great!
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Hari A. August 3, 2017
· Accent Reduction · Online
Great teacher - Quite knowledgeable.

About JULITA H.

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Las Vegas, NV

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Bachelor Degree in Communications and Master's Degree in Teaching English as a Second Language plus 10 years experience in getting people from all over the world to read, write and speak English by approaching every student with unique, individualized activities and techniques based on each student's skills, talents, likes and learning styles to maximize our time together!

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Sully June 13, 2017
· Polish · Online
Julita was very helpful and patient. Looking forward to more lessons!
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Jon May 19, 2017
· Polish · Online
Julieta is great! Well organized yet a relaxed experience. Look forward to continuing the lessons with her.
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Lexi Barrett April 5, 2017
· Polish · Online

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