English Language Learners

NOTE: The Library’s ELL programs are currently meeting virtually. Please see our calendar for virtual event details.

The Public Library of Brookline offers a variety of services and resources to support Brookline’s English Language Learners (ELL).

English Club

The English Club meets virtually, over Zoom, Tuesdays at 7 PM and Fridays at 12 noon. The English Club is drop-in and open to all adult English Language Learners. Learn more about this club.

ELL Book Group

Practice your English language skills by reading or listening to materials in English – then gather online for virtual discussion. This group is open to all English Language Learners but will be geared towards intermediate and advanced speakers. The ELL Book Group meets every second Wednesday of the month at 1 PM, over Zoom. Learn more about this group.

ESL Conversation Groups

Practice your conversation skills in an informal group setting at our weekly Conversation Group, sponsored by the Friends of the Brookline Library. The Conversation Group currently meets via Zoom Thursdays at 10:30 AM. Learn more about the Conversation Group.

Note: The in-person conversation groups are currently on hiatus.

Mondays at 11:15 AM

at Coolidge Corner

Tuesdays at 7 PM

at Brookline Village

Thursdays at 10:30 AM
at Coolidge Corner

Thursdays at 10:30 AM

at Putterham
View all Conversation Group programs.

Resource Collection

Dedicated collections of books for English Language Learners are available at all library locations, including language-learning books and test prep for the TOEFL and U.S. Citizenship exams. Just ask a librarian about our Basic Education collection!

One-on-One Tutoring

Note: The tutoring program is currently on hiatus.

The Public Library of Brookline offers a tutoring service for adult ELLs. Students meet with volunteer tutors one hour a week for six months. Interested in receiving this service or volunteering? Read more information at our English Tutoring Program’s breakout site. Student and tutor applications are accepted on a rolling basis. Want to volunteer? Download a Tutor Application!

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