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Barriers to adult learners attending ESL class sometimes block the opportunity to learn English for those who need it most. This research project involved applied research in a case study with eleven non-native speakers being interviewed concerning attendance in an ESL classes. Results showed that ELLs did not have access to the local ESL class because of the late afternoon hour the class was offered, when potential learners were involved in commuting to or from work and children were coming home from school. Related topics researched were recruiting and retention, what adult ELLs expect from class, and what teachers of adult ELLs need to know to retain learners. As a result of this study changes are expected to be made to the schedule so that the class is offered at a convenient time for the adult ELLs.