ESOL (English for Speakers of Other Languages)
Free English Classes
Mastering English can be a challenge if it is not your native language. Our classes help adult immigrants learn the language, develop comprehension in spoken and written word, and sustain motivation to advance their skills.
Open to All
The program is open to anyone who wants to learn, without restrictions on residency, immigration status, age, or language proficiency level. If you know someone looking to acquire English language skills, refer them to our programs.
Variety of Classes
We offer a range of programs to meet the needs of a diverse population of learners, including beginning to advanced courses, day and evening classes, and a session targeted to language skills for a career in human services.
Refer a Community Member
Over the years, our ESOL classes have helped thousands of people to take an important step in adjusting to life in their new home country. Help someone you know learn to read, write, and understand English.
The El Centro Adult Education Program has long recognized the interdependence of English language learning and continued education for economic fortitude. Founded in 1957, El Centro was among the first programs in the state to provide ESOL classes for adult immigrants.
El Centro is consistently rated in the very top tier of adult ESOL programs in the state. The program provides six levels of ESOL instruction from beginning to advanced, targeted math instruction for students in search of college education, distance learning for working adults with busy life schedules, and transition to college services.
Labouré Adult Education is a community that helps adult immigrants acclimate to the U.S. culture, develop English language proficiency, and build a future.
There are 5 levels of ESOL instruction offered, distance learning, and college and career counseling and guidance. The classes, taught by trained staff, are designed to help you meet your educational, personal, economic, and social goals.
Classes are free of charge. The program offers morning and evening classes.
- 4 days a week, 9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Class days vary depending on level of class
- Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, 5:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
The Haitian Multi-Service Center Adult Education program was founded in 1978 by members of the Haitian community in Dorchester. It is open to adults of all backgrounds, ages 18 and up. The program offers three levels of ESOL instruction.
Career guidance and support is also available for all students. ESOL classes are for any adults who want to improve their listening, speaking, reading, and writing in English. Students are assessed when they start the program to determine the appropriate starting level.
ESOL classes are offered during the day and in the evening. Most classes meet six to eight hours per week.
The English Transcultural Center was founded in 1990 by the Sisters of Charities of Nazareth to address the English Language needs of community members in the Brockton neighborhoods. The center offers morning and evening ESOL classes to those with little or no skill in speaking, reading, or writing English.
The center offers two levels of English, as well as enrichment and computer literacy classes. Level 1 is for the beginner student while Level 2 is for the slightly more advanced student. Case management is also provided to all current and former students and includes job search assistance as well as help with immigration and citizenship applications.
English Language Learning Academy (ELLA) provides English classes to North Shore community members. With a goal of empowering adults by increasing their employment opportunities and self-sufficiency, the ESOL classes include practical, dynamic instruction.
ESOL for Human Services
Prepare for a career in human services. ESOL for Human Services is a 24-week human services training program that prepares English language learners for entry-level positions in human services agencies throughout Greater Boston.
In this program, you will develop your English speaking skills, learn the language and competencies needed for the human services field, discover the essentials of the field, and gain significant experience in personal interaction with disadvantaged populations through an internship program. Students will develop a career plan and progress on a daily basis through individual and group assignments.
- Be an English language learner (Level 2 and up)
- Possess a high school diploma from the student’s country of origin or the United States, or a General Education Development diploma (GED)
- Complete the program application and interview process
- Submit a CORI request (background check)
- Acquire a valid Massachusetts driver’s permit or license by the end of the program cycle (preferred)
- Obtain or possess a social security card by the end of the program cycle
- Be 18 years of age or older
Working in partnership with local human services organizations, the program secures internship opportunities. Program graduates become qualified entry-level job candidates with specific knowledge of human services language and possess greater opportunity of obtaining employment.