Our English as a Second Language (ESL) classes are for students of all levels and backgrounds to practice and explore the language.

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English is spoken widely around the world and learning it can help you both in your professional and everyday life. We welcome students from all over the world—no visa is required.

Our classes are for beginner, intermediate, or advanced students. We offer integrated skills classes—which combine reading, writing, listening, and speaking—as well as specific skills classes, such as pronunciation, writing, and more. No matter why you choose to learn this language, our professional and supportive instructors will give you the confidence and knowledge to succeed in using English.

CCAE uses the Common European Framework of Reference (CEFR) to guide our ESL program. Language schools around the world use the CEFR to assess students and give direction to instructors.

Check out our informational video on the English Language program at ESL.

Find the right level for you

Free Personal Assessment Days

If you do not know your level, or would just like to know more about our classes, come to one of our personal assessment days to take a placement test and learn more about our ESL program.


Tuesday, March 26, 6-8pm
Wednesday, March 27, 10am-12pm


42 Brattle St. Cambridge, MA

Online Level Assessments

Can't come to one of our personal assessment days? Visit for an online self-assessment and descriptions of the language levels.

More questions? Contact program manager Francesca Ferraris at 617.547.6789 x 112 or to find what level is best for you.

Scholarships available! CCAE offers financial assistance—50% off tuition—to qualifying students. Some restrictions apply. View more details here.

"The opportunity to present my ideas and receive useful feedback as well as getting to know the diverse point of views of others."

Ivan R., Read, Discuss, Debate!

"Emily [Brown] teaches us many things. Through this class, my English improved. But moreover, it helps me to learn how to work with business people in this country."

Aoyang T., Business English

"I’ve been wanting to share my TOEFL score with you...102! I needed at least 100 points to be admitted to Harvard Extension School... Keep up the good work!"

Emma H., Preparation for the TOEFL