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Boston Public Library releases offerings for 2017 literacy services

January 24, 2017

Boston Public Library

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The Library starts 2017 with a full slate of literacy resources and opportunities for learners.

The Boston Public Library begins 2017 with a full slate of literacy resources and opportunities for learners throughout Boston and the Commonwealth, including ESL classes and conversation groups, HiSet preparation classes, online tools, and immigrant information material. Visit the Library's website for a complete list of offerings and services.

  • ESL Classes: ESL instruction is offered in a traditional classroom environment. Classes range from beginner – for people with little or no experience with English – to high-intermediate. Classes are free; however, registration is required. For more information and to register please call 617.859.2446 or email Please visit for the complete schedule.
  • ESL Conversation Groups:  Practice speaking English in an informal and friendly group setting with other adult ESL students and new English speakers. Groups are led by a native English speaker. Please visit for the complete schedule.
  • HiSet Preparation Classes: The HiSet test (High School Equivalency Test) is the new replacement to the GED test. Classes are offered on Mondays and Wednesdays, 10:15 a.m. – 12:45 p.m. through March 22 at the Grove Hall Branch, located at 41 Geneva Avenue, and on Tuesdays and Thursdays, from 12 p.m. – 2:30 p.m. through March 23 at the Fields Corner Branch, located at 1520 Dorchester Avenue.
  • Immigrant Information Corners: Immigrant Information Corners, located at all 24 Boston Public Library locations, are a strategic collaboration between the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), Boston Public Library, and the City of Boston, as well as community partners.  They are meant to serve as information stations for Boston's immigrants and refugees, giving access to citizenship and other immigration-related materials in multiple languages, information about citizenship preparation assistance, as well as information about financial empowerment resources.
  • Learn Online and Literacy Resources:

LearningExpress Library — Log on and practice for SAT, GED, HiSet, TOEFL, and other education tests. Learn-A-Test is interactive and is based on official tests that will help you improve your scores on academic, civil service, military, and professional licensing and certification exams. It provides immediate scoring, complete answer explanations, and individualized analysis of your score. All you need is your BPL card or eCard number.

Mango Languages — Mango Languages is a great online language learning program for both English and foreign languages.  For the English learning component, users can select their native language as the language through which they learn English.

Literacy Resources:

Research Guide: Literacy Resources for Adult ESL and ABE Educators

Research Guide: Literacy Resources for ABE and ESL Learners

  • Small Group Tutoring: Both English as a Second Language (ESL) and Adult Basic Education (ABE) skills instruction are offered.  ESL groups are composed of 2-4 participants and one native-English speaking tutor.  Participants have the chance to work on improving their conversational skills, as well as reading and writing.  ABE groups traditionally have less students and focus on improving basic reading and writing skills toward individual student goals.  For more information and to register please call 617.859.2446 or email
  • Volunteer Opportunities: The Library seeks volunteers to work with either adult English as a Second Language (ESL) learners or adults who are in need of developing basic reading and writing skills towards their individual life goals.  For example, some volunteers may work with a small group of 2-4 ESL learners or facilitate a large drop-in group of 5 – 25 people who are looking to improve their conversational English. Other volunteers may work with an individual helping him or her to improve basic literacy skills for employment or for tests such as the HiSet. For more information please call 617.859.2446 or email

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