Do you want to improve your English? The Newton Free Library can help! Our award-winning English Language Learning Program helps adult English learners who want to improve their English and learn about American culture. Our learners are at all levels of English proficiency and have diverse needs, interests, and goals.
Our wonderful volunteers are caring members of the community who help integrate learners into an English-speaking world. Volunteers provide one-on-one or small-group tutoring, in addition to leading larger classes and conversation groups.
Are you interested in studying English with a tutor?
Use the link below to apply for an English tutor. You must live in Newton. If you live in another city or town in Massachusetts, you can participate in our group classes. Learn more on our Student Frequently Asked Questions page.
Are you interested in volunteering as an English tutor?
We are always looking for new tutors! Tutors don’t need to live in Newton. Click on the link below to apply. Learn more on our Tutor Frequently Asked Questions page.
We offer a variety of classes and conversation groups for ELL students, both in person and online. Some require registration, while others are “drop-in” (registration is not required). Students who live in any city or town in Massachusetts can participate. There are four sessions per year. Click on the link below to view the current list of classes. You can also click on “Events” at the top of the page and select “For English Learners.”
The tutor newsletter will keep you updated on happenings in the ELL program. Links to past newsletters are below.
Materials & Resources
The ELL and Literacy Collection on the third floor of the Library includes a wide range of books and audiovisual aids for learning English. For recommended online resources, click on the links below.
Other English Programs
Here is a list of other free English programs near Newton. If you are interested in citizenship or high school equivalency programs, please contact the coordinator. Please note that free programs often have a waiting list.
Andrew Shapira, ELL and Literacy Coordinator