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570 Hillside Avenue
Needham, MA 02494

Needham Community Council Logo

570 Hillside Avenue
Needham, MA 02494

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English Language Learning

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English Language Students

Free English language tutoring and conversation classes for adults who live or work in Needham.

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English Language Tutors

Volunteer tutors help students who are new to English: an enriching and satisfying experience.

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Current Events

Events for our ELL Students and Tutors to enrich their learning.

English Language Students

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Student Info

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Who Can Participate in the Program?
  • Adults who live or work in Needham are welcome.
  • Complete the “Sign Up Here” above.  We will contact you to match you with a tutor.
  • There is no cost – all tutoring is FREE
  • All levels of learners are welcome!
How Long do Students Meet with a Tutor?
  • We ask that students meet at least an hour weekly for at least nine months.
  • Of course you and your tutor can take vacations.
When and Where do Students and Tutors Meet?
  • Students meet weekly with tutors in the morning, afternoon, evening, or on weekends  for about an hour.
  • Both in person and on Zoom
  • Space is available at Needham Community Council either outdoors or in the building
  • At the Needham Free Library
Additional Student Resources

Try these on-line resources:  ELL Student Resources

Helpful local community resources: ELL Focused Community Resources

Contact Info

Please email the ELL Program Manager, Sheila Roberts, at
sroberts@needhamcouncil.org

Learning Opportunities

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Class Basics

All Classes listed below are held at the Needham Community Council unless otherwise noted.

To join a class, please complete a sign up and select group classes.  Our program manager, Sheila Roberts, will be in touch to help you find the class that is perfect for you.

Sign up Links:

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If you have any questions, please email the ELL Program Manager, Sheila Roberts, at sroberts@needhamcouncil.org

Summer ELL at the Council

Thanks for your interest in the Summer conversational groups. These classes are filled! Please email the ELL Program Manager, Sheila Roberts, at sroberts@needhamcouncil.org for more information.

Beginner Conversation
Thursday mornings 10:00-11:00am
Maximum 10 people
Group Leader: Martha Riquier

Beginner & Intermediate Conversation
Wednesday evenings 6:30-7:30pm
Maximum 10 people
Group Leaders: Kimberly McCollum and Lyn Robertson-Hotz

Intermediate Conversation
Thursday mornings 10:30-11:30am
Group Leader: Beverly Schwartz

If you have any questions, please email the ELL Program Manager, Sheila Roberts, at sroberts@needhamcouncil.org

FALL ELL

More information coming soon. 

If you have any questions, please email the ELL Program Manager, Sheila Roberts, at sroberts@needhamcouncil.org

English Language Tutors

Tutor Info

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How do I Become a Tutor?
  • Twice a year, Spring and Fall, we run a tutor training program for new tutors.
  • If you are interested and over 18, we encourage you to fill out the Tutor Interest Form to begin the process.
  • We will contact you to discuss the available opportunities
  • Tutors are required to complete training classes which take place over several evenings.
  • A CORI form is required.
What Makes an Effective Tutor?

Tutors DO NOT need to know the language of their student or have teaching experience.

  • Being flexible, welcoming, and open to other cultures is essential.
  • The training workshop provides a variety of techniques for teaching without the need for translation.
  • A good ELL tutor can speak English fluently, articulate clearly, and is familiar with American culture.
  • We support tutors with resources and training.
Different Tutor Opportunities
  • Individual Tutoring
  • Group Lessons
  • Conversation Groups
  • On-line or In person meetings
  • Special Events – field trips, cooking classes, knitting group
What’s the Time Commitment?
  • We ask that tutors and students participate for at least 9 months, meeting once a week.
  • Most meetings last for 1 to 1.5 hours.
When and Where do Students and Tutors Meet?
  • Students meet weekly with tutors in the morning, afternoon, evening, or on weekends  for about an hour.
  • Both in person and on Zoom
  • Many students prefer to meet virtually
  • Space is available at Needham Community Council either outdoors or in the building
  • At the Needham Free Library
What do English Language Learners Want to Learn?
  • Most learners want to improve their listening comprehension and speaking skills to communicate better with co-workers, neighbors, school and medical personnel, on the phone, etc.
  • Many need to read and write better for everyday life or employment.
  • Many students want to become more familiar with American culture.
  • Some have a specific goal in mind, such as getting a job, a driver’s license, or a GED, becoming a U.S. citizen, or passing a college entrance test.

Other Resources

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Websites Resources for Tutors

There are a number of on-line resources we recommend for tutors of all levels of students.

On-Line Resources for Tutors

Current ELL Events

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Event Information

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ELL Knitting Group & Walk & Talks

Thank you for your participation in these events! We are excited to bring these programs back in the Fall 2024.

If you have any questions, please email the ELL Program Manager, Sheila Roberts, at sroberts@needhamcouncil.org