• ESL Program for MIT Service Employees

ESL Program for MIT Service Employees

The English as a Second Language (ESL) Program for MIT Service Employees on campus helps employees who are not native English speakers improve their English communication skills and advance their careers.

Currently serving campus employees in the Service Employees International Union (SEIU) in Facilities, the program provides the following:

  • Year-round ESL classes for all three working shifts at MIT.
  • Support services for employees seeking to gain U.S. citizenship.
  • Classes for job-specific licensing and certificate exams.
  • Classes and preparation for General Educational Development (GED) and Adult Diploma Program (ADP).

How the Program Works

The program provides one hour of teaching or one-on-one tutoring, twice a week during the employees' work shifts — day, evening, or night — and follows MIT's academic calendar with a short summer session.

In addition to improving speaking, reading, and writing skills, classes may also prepare students for licensing exams related to their jobs, the US Citizenship test, GED and ADP.

MIT employees, faculty, undergraduate and graduate students, MIT Women's League members, retirees and friends of MIT volunteer to teach in this growing service endeavor that richly rewards tutors as well as learners.

For more information on this program, contact Nancy Kelly, Coordinator, at esl-admins@mit.edu.

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