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Excellent, Free ESL Classes Available in Beverly, MA

Beverly Bootstraps Logo

Beverly Bootstraps Logo

I recently spent some time in Beverly, Massachusetts and came across an amazing community services institution called Beverly Bootstraps. They offer a variety of free classes, including:

  • ESL
  • Computer Training
  • Adult Literacy
  • Job Readiness
  • Youth After School Programs
  • And much, much more

I actually volunteered for Beverly Bootstraps, teaching in their ESL classes — which they call ESOL for English for Speakers of Other Languages — and their instructors were excellent.

For more information visit:

http://www.beverlybootstraps.org/

http://www.beverlybootstraps.org/AdultEducation/ESOL.php – ESL Classes page.

BOSTON FREE ESL Classes !!

FREE transitional ESOL Program at AACA!
From: Meg Baker
Sent: Fri, Dec 9, 2011 at 1:27 pm
To: Van Christo

Please help us spread the word!

AACA is offering intermediate-advanced ESL classes. The program is called Next Steps Transitional English Program (Next STEP). The class is FREE for all English language learners who want to improve their English to get jobs, better jobs, or enroll in college. We offer 6 classes for 4 levels–the highest level is divided into a college track or job training track. In addition to ESL, students will work with a counselor to help with enrolling into college or helping with job placement. We have had students go into different job training programs at the completion of our classes or enroll in college like Bunker Hill, UMass Boston, and other colleges of interest.

Each level is a 15 week cycle with classes 4 days a week (Tuesday through Friday). Depending on the level, class time can vary from 8 hours a week to 16 hours a week. The classes are held in the morning and daytime.

We accept applications all year round and run this program 3 times a year—January, May, and September. To apply, interested applicants should come to our information and testing session held every Tuesday at 2PM or certain Mondays at 9AM (ext. 318 will have a list of Monday testing dates).

We appreciate your help in getting the word out! Feel free to contact me with any questions. For more information, please visit our website: Next Step

Thanks,

Meg Baker
intake@aaca-boston.org

Asian American Civic Association
Educate. Empower. Employ.
www.aaca-boston.org
87 Tyler Street 5/F
Boston, MA 02111
T: (617) 426-9492 ext. 251
F: (617) 482-2316

FREE Intermediate English Language Classes

Hello!

Please help us spread the word! We recently expanded our Adult Basic Education program and changed it to Next Steps Transitional English Program (Next STEP). The class is FREE for all immigrants who have intermediate-high level English levels and have a goal of learning English to get jobs, better jobs, or enroll in college. Our level 1 class begins at SPL 4.

Our classes have had students from all over the world, including Haiti, Vietnam, Cape Verde, Guatemala, China, Honduras, Morocco, Ethiopia, etc. This program has 4 levels–the highest level is divided into a college track or job training track. In addition to ESL, students will work with a counselor here to help with enrolling into college or helping with job placement. We have had students go into different job training programs at the completion of our classes or enroll in college like Bunker Hill, UMass Boston, and other colleges of interest.

We offer a class for the following levels 1, 2, 3, 2&3 combined Intensive, 4A (college track), 4B (job track). Each level is a 15 week cycle with classes 4 days a week (Tuesday through Friday). The class schedule is Tuesday through Friday. Depending on the level, class time can vary from 8 hours a week to 16 hours a week. The classes are held in the morning and daytime.

We accept applications all year round. Interested applicants can start applying for these classes. To apply, they should come to our information and testing session held every Tuesday at 2PM or certain Mondays at 9AM (ext. 318 will have a list of Monday testing dates). We can also arrange a different time with applicants if they cannot make either days.

We hope to serve 150 students per year, so we appreciate your help in getting the word out!

Thanks,

Victoria Wong
Recruitment Coordinator
Asian American Civic Association
Educate. Empower. Employ.
www.aaca-boston.org
87 Tyler Street 5/F
Boston, MA 02111
T: (617) 426-9492 ext. 251
F: (617) 482-2316

New ESOL Website in Boston

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Dear Friends and Allies,

English for New Bostonians (ENB) has a new website! Please visit www.englishfornewbostonians.org where you can learn about ENB’s unique public-private-community collaboration; our 26 ESOL funded programs; the impact of our work on immigrant families, communities and workplaces; available trainings and individual TA; and more. Next spring, this will be the go-to place for information and downloadable forms for ENB’s Request for Proposals. And, now you can donate directly to ENB and help support adults learning English in Boston! Please check out the site and let us know what you think, or if you have events you’d like to post. And feel free to forward this email along to anyone you think may find this website useful!

To go with the new website, ENB’s staff has new email addresses, below:
Claudia Green, Exec. Director
Phone: 617-350-5480 x203
cgreen@englishfornewbostons.org

Lee Haller, Program Manager
Phone 617-350-5480 x207
lhaller@englishfornewbostonians.org

Franklin Peralta, Campaign Organizer
617-350-5480 x219
fperalta@englishfornewbostonians.org

Best wishes for a happy new year!

Claudia Green
Director of Workforce Development
and English for New Bostonians
MA Immigrant and Refugee Advocacy Coalition
105 Chauncy St., Suite 901
Boston, MA 02111
617.350.5480 x203

FREE Academic Prep + Transitional English Class

I recently received a notice from the International Learning Center at Boston’s YMCA offering FREE ESOL Academic Prep + Transitional English Classes that will – Focus on building vocabulary – note taking – writing and study skills as you work toward your education and career goals. Academic support provided.

Applicants must – Be a Boston resident – Have a High-intermediate or advanced level of English – Have a goal of college, skills training, or emp
loyment,

Classes begin September 14, 2010 and meet Tuesdays amd Thursdays, 6 – 9 pm.

International Learning Center
316 Huntington Avenue
Boston, MA 02114

www.ymcaboston.org/international_learning

FREE for those who qualify!!

For more informtion or to sign up, call SUSAN at (617) 927-8186

Albanian Language Tutor for Beginners

After several requests from those seeking an Albanian language tutor, I am pleased to announce that I will be available to serve as a tutor for non-Albanian persons in 1-1/2 hour segments. I have previously taught the Albanian language to non-Albanians who either had an Albanian connection or were simply curious about the language(and even taught them a couple of Albanian songs!).

Beginners Albanian language tutoring for individuals will be held M-F in the Frosina office located in the historic Steinert Building conveniently located at 162 Boylston Street diagonally across from the Boylston Street T stop.

Beginners Albanian Language tutoring – at a mutually-agreed day and time – is at $25.hr.

Please contact Van Christo at VanChristo@frosina.org for more information.

Teaching English to Albanians at home

I came across the following “Teaching English” announcement by the British Council Albania and thought it might also be helpful to Albanian newcomers to the USA and Canada. It could be worth exploring especially for older Albanians who don’t have the time to attend English classes, so check it out!

Teaching english – Your Global Home

Your Global Home is one of the British Council global products that has been highly promoted in Albania by the English Language Teachers Association with the support of the Ministry of Education and Science, Regional Departments of Education, Universities, high, secondary and primary schools in Tirana, Durres, Elbasan, Shkodra, Vlora, Berat, Gjirokastra and Korca.
Teachers and future teachers of English find this product very helpful. As result more than 100 teachers of English have signed in and are using this web site: www.teachingenglish.org.uk

For more information of this product please refer to BC website of the above link.

Evaluation of diplomas from foreign universities

The information below is an important source for all those seeking USA equivalency of foreign diplomas.



A Frosina Information Network Advisory


Sources for the Evaluation of Diplomas from Foreign Universities to Determine USA Educational Equivalency


Albanian and other newcomers to the USA who have received diplomas as graduates of universities or institutes of higher learning in Albania and other foreign countries should have their diplomas evaluated to determine their equivalency to degrees offered by USA colleges and universities. This is important when seeking to continue with academic studies or for professional employment purposes.

Evaluation standards for reviewing foreign diplomas are those recommended by the National Council on the Evaluation of Foreign Educational Credentials. In response to many inquiries, the Frosina Information Network is pleased to list the following organizations that are qualified to review foreign diplomas and to issue certification of their USA equivalency:

Center for Educational Documentation, Inc.
Ann K. Kugler, Director
PO Box 199
Boston, MA 02117-0199
Tel: (617) 338-7171 / Fax: (617) 338-7101

World Education Services
Mariam Assefa, Executive Director
PO Box 745
Old Chelsea Station
New York, NY 10011
Tel: (212) 966-6311 / Fax: (212) 966-6395

Educational Credentials Evaluators
James Frey, Executive Director
PO Box 92970
Milwaukee, WI 53202-0970
Tel: (414) 289-3400 / Fax: (414) 289-3411

Josef Silny & Associates
Josef Silny, President
PO Box 248233
Coral Gables, FL 33124
Tel: (305) 666-0233 / Fax: (305) 666-4133

Academic Credentials Evaluation
Jasmin Saidi, President
PO Box 6980
Beverly Hills, CA 90212
Tel: (310) 275-3530 / Fax: (310) 275-3528

Foundation for Educational Services
Jack Hoover, President
200 West Mercer St., #503
Seattle, WA 98119-3950
Tel: (206) 298-0171 / Fax: (206) 298-0173

English as a Second Language (ESL) Books

Author: Connie Christo of Harvard University’s Learning Lab and Nancy Hurxthal of the Boston Public Library

Albanian newcomers, including students arriving in America, can now refer to various published sources to learn the English language. Listed below are several books that are readily available at (or can be ordered through) major book stores. Most of the titles are also available at larger public libraries.

The first 5 books are best for beginners — the others, for more advanced learners.

  1. Complete Course in English Robert J. Dixon (Books 1- 4)
  2. Modern American English Robert J. Dixon (Books 1 – 4)
  3. Side by Side Molinsky & Bliss (Books 1- 4)
  4. Line by Line: English Through Grammar Stories Molinsky & Bliss
  5. Line by Line: Stories for Learners of English Molinsky & Bliss
  6. Day by Day: English for Employment Communication Molinsky & Bliss
  7. Expressways: English for Communication Molinsky & Bliss (Books 1- 3)
  8. Longman English Grammar L.G. Alexander
  9. Voices of Freedom: English for US Goverment and Citizenship Molinsky & Bliss

Emigres are also urged to contact local public libraries which may also loan How to Learn English video tapes.

English as a Second Language (ESL): Self-Instruction

Author: Ms. Ellen Graf of the Boston Public Library’s Literacy Learning Center

In response to inquiries from the Albanian community and others about sources of English language self-instruction materials other than books (Advisory ED501), The Frosina Foundation is pleased to make the following information available:

Most people learning to speak a new language want to hear the words spoken as well as to see them written on the page. Public libraries,especially in larger cities such as Boston, New York, Philadelphia, Detroit, Chicago, Cleveland, etc., usually have a Literacy Resource Center (LRC) where English instruction audiocassette/book packages are available. Most of these materials are designed for beginners and are not intended for speakers of a particular foreign language.

This is an especially effective way for new Albanian arrivals to the USA to learn basic English at their own pace since English expressions on cassettes can be conveniently repeated until complete pronounciation and comprehension are attained! Listed below are the names of only a few of many audiocassette/book packages that are generally available for loan purposes from public libraries:

AUDIO / BOOK PACKAGES

From the Start: Beginning Listening
by Jann Huizenga and Tracey Forrest. Longman, 1987
Simple listening tasks for the very beginner introduces numbers, money and the alphabet.

May I Help You? Learning How to Interact with the Public
by Heide Spruck Wrigley. Addison-Wesley, 1987
A vocational program which stresses language used to communicate with customers in hotels, restaurants, stores, and repair shops.

Whadaya Say? Guided Practice in Relaxed Spoken English
by Nina Weinstein. Prentice-Hall, 1982
A book/cassette set that focuses on the informal English that students are most likely to encounter in the “real” world outside the classroom.

Pronunciation Pairs: An Introductory Course for Students of English
by Ann Baker and Sharon Goldstein. Cambridge University Press, 1990 Designed to teach students to recognize and to reproduce English sounds It also helps them to differentiate between sounds they might often confuse.

Listen and Say it Right: When to Use Formal and Everyday English 
by Nina Weinstein. National Textbook Co., 1992
A basic Listening & Conversation program designed to teach High Beginning and Intermediate students.