many newcomers and their friends, the first stop in learning in English
is the library. Here is what we offer:
We have many. To see times and places check our listing.
All conversation groups are free. There is no test. Just come.
Each group has a
facilitator who makes sure that everyone gets a turn.
Groups meet at branches
and at Copley. Beginners are welcome to come. People
who want more practice are welcome to come. All participants are
encouraged to speak. Many times there are three people
or five people in a group. Sometimes the groups are 10 or
U.S. volunteers, English learners talk informally about their impressions
of the U.S., events in the news, and questions about Boston. Learners
with some fluency will feel welcomed and challenged.
Anyone can pick
up a list of the Greater Boston Adult Literacy Programs. Most of
the 150 programs listed are free. Most also have a waiting list.
However, the sooner you sign up, the sooner you get a spot in a
organizations provide excellent ESOL and literacy classes. Many
teachers have years of experience and Masters degrees in ESOL. Most
programs offer from 6 to 12 hours of instruction per week. The Dudley
Literacy Center, and the Adult
Readers and Information Services Department at Copley, have
a list of programs. A librarian can also help learners sort through
the list, picking out the programs best suited to their needs. For
example, some students can benefit from literacy in their first
language while some students need to focus on their transition to
college-level work. Different programs around Boston have different
strengths. Many programs have long waiting lists.
Teachers are welcome
to bring their students to use the computers at the Dudley
Literacy Center. These computers have some software to help
with reading, math, English and workplace skills. Call 617-445-3708
or e-mail for current programs.
Adults can improve
their reading, writing, English, and math by borrowing books and
tapes. Anyone with a card can borrow books and tapes which focus
on conversation, pronunciation, reading, and the citizenship test.
If nothing on the shelf or rack looks like the right fit, BPL staff
are happy to reserve something.
If you come to the
library, you may see learners working one-to-one with a tutor. The
Library does not have any tutors. Where can you get your own
tutor? Learners seeking help with basic reading and writing
can contact Literacy Volunteers of Massachusetts at 617-367-1313
or the Massachusetts Adult Literacy Hotline, 1-800-447-8844. These
programs have long waiting lists.