English Language Learning
The Needham Community Council offers free English language tutoring and conversation classes for adults who live or work in Needham. Our program is for beginner to advanced learners who are interested in speaking, understanding, reading and writing English. Individual tutoring sessions and group conversation classes are available.
Becoming a English Language Student
Do you want to improve your English? FREE English tutoring is available!
Volunteer tutors provide individual and group tutoring for English Language Learners.
Who can participate?
Adults who work or live in Needham are welcome.
How do I sign up?
Fill out a Student Interest Form. We will contact you to match you with a tutor.
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 do students and tutors meet?
We look for a tutor who is available when you are. Students can meet with tutors in the morning, afternoon, evening, or on weekends depending on availability.
Where does tutoring take place?
Because of the pandemic, most tutoring in 2021 is virtual. In the future, there may be space available at Needham Community Council and at the Needham Public Library for tutoring.
Please email the ELL Program manager, Julie Tovar, with questions.
Becoming an ELL Tutor
For ELL volunteers, tutoring is an enriching and satisfying experience. Tutors help students who are new to the US learn English and adjust to the challenges of living in their new culture. We have a waiting list of learners from all over the world who wish to meet with a tutor.
How do I become a tutor?
Fill out a tutor interest form to begin the process. We will inform you when our next training session is scheduled. Training takes place over several evenings.
What makes an effective tutor?
A good ELL tutor can speak English fluently, articulate clearly, and is familiar with American culture. Being flexible, welcoming, and open to other cultures is also important. On the other hand, teaching experience is not needed; we provide training and orientation. Every learner has different needs, and tutors design lessons accordingly. Of course, we support tutors with resources and materials.
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.
Do I need to speak the language of my student?
No. ELL tutors teach in English. The training workshop provides a variety of techniques for teaching without the need for translation.
When and where do students and tutors meet?
We match each tutor with a learner who is available when they are.
Normally there is space available in the Needham Community Council building as well as the library. Due to the pandemic, indoor space is not available. Currently, many participants meet virtually.
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. 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.
If you have any questions or need help, please call The Needham Community Council at 781-444-2415 or email us at email@example.com