Here are ways to find out about Adult Basic Education, Literacy and English As a Second Language (ESL) programs. These resources can help people to learn to read and write, pass a GED exam, learn basic math skills or improve their skills in all areas.
Massachusetts Adult Literacy Hotline – The Massachusetts Adult Literacy Hotline provides referrals to programs that offer one-on-one tutoring, small-group or classroom instruction to adult learners. The Hotline connects adult learners and volunteer literacy tutors with programs and General Educational Development testing sites across the state. Call them at 800-447-8844 for help.
To find a new job or get a better job, it may be necessary to improve English language skills, or gain basic math and reading and writing skills. Adults who want to improve basic math and language skills should look at no-cost Adult Basic Education programs.
Family literacy helps parents improve their literacy skills and the literacy skills of their children.
Boston Adult Literacy Initiative
The Boston Adult Literacy Initiative (ALI) consists of Boston adult education providers that receive funding from the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education and/or the City of Boston to provide adult education services. ALI member organizations work closely with other adult educators and community-based organizations through neighborhood coalitions to provide a comprehensive system of adult education services for the city of Boston.
Boston Public Library Literacy Services
Literacy Services offers ESL classes and groups, small group tutoring, online learning and resources
English At Large
English At Large provides free English (ESOL/ESL) and basic literacy instruction to adults throughout 20 Boston-area communities. Due to a high number of applicants, English At Large is currently unable to accept new participants into our 1-1 tutoring program. We hope to open registration again in September 2016 and apologize for any inconvenience. They also offer conversation groups for those English speakers at the intermediate level.
Literacy Volunteers of Massachusetts (LVM)
LVM trains volunteers who provide free, confidential and individualized tutoring to adults in basic literacy and English to Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL). Become a Student
Massachusetts Coalition for Adult Education
The Massachusetts Coalition for Adult Education (MCAE) is a statewide membership organization of educators, adult students, individuals, organizations, and businesses which support equal educational opportunities for adults. Website lists some Adult Learning Programs.
Massachusetts Immigrant and Refugee Advocacy Coalition
Where to find English language and adult literacy classes
Search for library-based literacy programs. Programs include basic reading and HiSet, ESOL, citizenship programs and basic literacy.
Read/Write/Now Adult Literacy – Springfield
The purpose of Read/Write/Now is to help adults living in the greater Springfield area to achieve their basic education goals as family members, workers and community members. We provide an adult basic education program at no cost to participants. Our program promotes self-directed learning by recognizing and valuing the strengths and knowledge that adults bring to learning. Springfield Adult Basic Education Directory (pdf)
Training Resources of America
Training Resources of America provides ESL and Basic Education classes at it’s 8 locations across Massachusetts. These include Brockton, Fitchburg, Holyoke, New Bedford, Quincy, Salem, Springfield and Worcester. Class schedules vary by location.
Other literacy resources can be found by checking with some of the groups on our Volunteer Opportunities/Services fact sheet.
Fact Sheet last updated on: 9/07/2017