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The Wellesley Free Library sponsors WellesleyESL, a program for people who live and/or work in Wellesley and for whom English is a second language. Dedicated volunteers provide beginning through advanced tutoring and classroom instruction to help develop language skills necessary for successful participation in the community.  Students acquire language skills and an understanding of life in the United States through reading, writing, speaking and listening in a welcoming environment.

Watch a short video about Wellesley ESL.

WellesleyESL students were asked to share their thoughts, comments and experiences about the quarantine and coronavirus pandemic.  See their journal entries here.

To learn more about how to participate, send an email to WellesleyESL Program Coordinator, Karen Evans at

Summer 2022 Class Schedule 

If you are interested in information about summer classes, please contact Karen Evans:

ESL class Jun 13

Helpful Resources

Mango Languages
Mango is designed to equip you with conversational abilities from the very start. Whether you’re learning how to order a pizza or ask when the game starts, Mango immerses you in real, everyday conversations in 60 different language courses and ESL instruction for speakers of 18 languages.  The newest feature is language learning through film with popular films in their native language.

News For You Online
This interactive site uses real news articles to help with learning to read, write, speak, and understand English. Seven new stories are posted each Wednesday along with audio, exercises, vocabulary, a crossword puzzle, and a poll. Listen to each article in full, or sentence-by-sentence. Click on any story to get started or to hear and see a sample. You will need a password to enjoy all the features of this site.  Please email us for the password.

PressReader  offers 7000 daily newspapers and magazines from 120+ countries in 60 languages using a computer or mobile app. Using either a computer or mobile app, you’ll find global news from the world’s most reputable journalists and sources, including The Washington Post, The Guardian, and The Globe and Mail. Explore magazines on a wide range of topics including art, science, business and history. Click here for a tutorial on how to use PressReader.

Volunteer Position Description: ESL (English as a Second Language) Tutor/Teacher

To help adults whose first language is not English learn to speak, understand, read, and write English.
To help broaden students horizons through a one-to-one tutoring relationship or through small group instruction.

Prepare lesson plans based on the needs and interests of the student.
Select materials and approaches that are suitable for the student’s ability and needs.
Respect the student by involving him/her in decisions about the learning process.
Encourage the student by praising him/her and by showing a positive attitude about learning.
Guide the student in his/her understanding of American culture.

Complete periodic progress reports.
Keep in contact with the ESL Program Coordinator about changes or problems.

Recommended training:
Attend an ESL tutor training workshop series, held at regular intervals at the Wellesley Free Library and other locations. Workshops meet for 2+ hours weekly for a five week period.  Check with the ESL Coordinator for additional training details.

Round-table meetings and refresher training opportunities for tutors/teachers to share questions and concern.s
Language learning materials collection on the second floor of the Library.

Time Commitment:
Weekly for 60-90 minutes for a minimum of nine months, plus prep time. (Of course, you are allowed to have vacations!)

For more information, contact Karen Evans, Wellesley ESL Program Coordinator, at 781-591-1247 or via e-mail.

Interested in becoming a WellesleyESL teaching volunteer?

Please submit an Application Form and a CORI Request Form. You must be at least 18 years old.

Tutor Application  |  Cori Request Form (A valid ID is required to complete the Cori process)

Application for the Program

Submit an online application to become an WellesleyESL student.  Availability is limited.

Student Application