The Wellesley Free Library sponsors WellesleyESL, a program for people who live and work in Wellesley for whom English is a second language. Dedicated volunteers provide beginning through advanced tutoring and classroom instruction that helps develop the language skills necessary for successful participation in the community. In this welcoming environment, students acquire English language skills and an understanding of life in the United States through reading, writing, speaking and listening.
Check out current WellesleyESL classes by viewing the latest brochure.
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.
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.
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.
Weekly for 60-90 minutes for a minimum of one year, 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.
Application for the Program
Submit an online application to become an WellesleyESL student. Availability is limited.