About the ESL Program

  • ESL & Literacy  +-
  • ESL & Literacy is a free award-winning ESL/Literacy program brought to you by the Newton Free Library. Our volunteer tutors provide one-to-one tutoring or small group instruction (2-3 students) in English as a Second Language (ESL). We also help adult learners whose first language is English to improve their reading skills. Our learners are at all levels of English proficiency and have diverse needs, interests and goals. At present 375 volunteer tutors are helping 500 learners from many different countries. Our wonderful volunteer tutors are caring members of the community who help integrate our learners into an English-speaking world.

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  • How to Become a Student  +-
    • 1. Complete the Student Application online or at the Newton Free Library to be assigned a tutor
    • 2. Register for one of our free ESL classes
    • 3. Check out the Literacy Collection on the third floor at the library
    • 4. Contact Susan Bécam, ESL/Literacy Program Coordinator
  • How to Become a Tutor  +-
    • 1. Complete the Tutor Application online or at the Newton Free Library
    • 2. Come to our next Introductory Workshop
    • 3. Check out our Talk Time for Tutors blog where Newton tutors share ideas about teaching English
    • 4. Contact Susan Bécam, ESL/Literacy Program Coordinator
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  • Contact   +-
    • Susan Bécam: Program Coordinator
    • Phone: 617-796-1364
    • Email: esl@newtonfreelibrary.net
ESL Cook BookOur Best Recipes
We were proud to publish the ESL Cookbook, Our Best Recipes.   +-
The cookbook includes 150 tasty international recipes that were provided by ESL tutors and learners in the program. Our popular potluck suppers, held twice a year in Druker Auditorium, inspired this fund-raising vehicle. Now we have the pleasure of sharing a “Recipe of the Month” from Our Best Recipes with our online visitors. Enjoy!

We are grateful to the Friends of the Library for their gracious support of the cookbook project.
Recipe of the month:
Matsoh Apple Pudding (Israel)