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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?

We are not currently accepting applications for English tutoring from students. If you fill out this form, we will contact you when we start accepting applications again. New students can still participate in our group classes. For more information about our program, please visit our Student Frequently Asked Questions page.

Are you interested in volunteering as an English tutor?

We are always looking for new tutors! You don’t need to live in Newton, but you must be at least 18 years old. Click on the link below to apply. Learn more on our Tutor Frequently Asked Questions page.

Group Classes

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.”

ELL Newsletter

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.

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Helpful Links

Newton Public Schools ELL Program

Newton English Learner Parent Advisory Council (ELPAC)

City of Newton Social Services

City of Newton Youth Services

GoGo Newton Transportation Service

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 Program Coordinator