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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 lanuage 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

Student Info

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Who Can Participate in the Program?
  • Adults who live or work in Needham are welcome.
  • Fill out the Student Interest Form. 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
Websites for Learning

Try these on-line resources:  ELL Learner Resources

Contact Info

Please email the ELL Program Manager, Julie Tovar, at

jtovar@needhamcouncil.org

Learning Opportunities

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English Learning for All Levels

We offer all different types of learning for all different levels of learners.  Find the one that works best for you!  We are beginning our ELL groups and expanding our offerings.  Contact the office if you are interested in joining one of the groups. 

  • Individual Tutoring
  • Group Lessons
  • Conversation Groups
  • On-line or In person meetings
  • Special Events 

 

Free Short Story Class on Zoom

Thursdays 9:30-10:45 am 
Begins September 30
Level: Intermediate to Advanced
Preregistration is required

Would you like to improve your English by reading short stories and discussing them with an experienced teacher (Rick Perras) in a small, friendly class?  This is the class for you!   Great reading, writing, pronunciation and listening practice!

To sign up and pick up your free book, email jtovar@needhamcouncil.org  or call 781-444-2415.

Note: Class may move to in-person at the Council, 570 Hillside Ave, Needham, when possible.

Contact Info

Please email the ELL Program Manager, Julie Tovar, at

jtovar@needhamcouncil.org or call 781-444-2415 for more information.

English Language Tutors

Tutor Info

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How do I Become a Tutor?
  • 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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Walk & Talk for English Language Learners

Practice English while you get exercise and fresh air. All levels are welcome! This activity is for adults, but you are welcome to bring children along.   In the event of rain, this event will be cancelled for that day.

We will walk for 40-60 minutes and return to our starting point.  

September  23, October 7, and October 21
10 am
Meet at
Accessible Reservoir Trail
500 Dedham Ave, Needham
 

No registration required, all are welcome

Welcome Week Mix and Mingle

In honor of Welcome Week, a national initiative for towns to show appreciation for all community members – over 20 tutors and learners joined us for an Open House for the English Language Program. This was an opportunity for English learners and tutors to chat and enjoy a delicious array of international desserts. 

September 13
6:30 pm – 8 pm
Needham Community Council Tent