English Classes

Materials to learn English and to study for citizenship, TOEFL and HiSET test preparation books are available at the Waltham Public Library. These materials may be borrowed for three weeks at a time with a Minuteman Library Network card. Further assistance is available at the Reference/Information Desk on the first floor.

English Language Learning Services

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English Conversation Groups by English at Large (held at Waltham Public Library)
Conversation groups for intermediate and advanced English Language Learners. Groups focus mainly on listening and speaking.
Contact: Register with English at Large, 781-395-2374,
Address: Waltham Public Library, 735 Main Street, Waltham, MA 02451
English language learners who are advanced or immediate are invited to join us as we read and discuss American short stories, once a month. Short stories and meeting times are available on our website.
Contact: Laura at Waltham Public Library, 781-314-3435, lbernheim@minlib.net
Address: Waltham Public Library, 735 Main Street, Waltham, MA 02451
Beginner classes. Focus is on spoken communication. Individual tutoring is also available.
Contact: 781-395-2374 or register online.
Address: Classes meet at Brandeis University, 415 South Street, Waltham, MA 02453; Tutoring is held at a variety of locations.
Classes for beginner, intermediate, and advanced students. Conversation groups are also available.
Contact:Brian Logue at 781-891-6689 x 202 or brian@watchcdc.org
Address: 24 Crescent Street, Suite 201, Waltham MA 02453
This program is for low income, minority and immigrant families with preschool aged children. The WFS program provides a preschool setting for children and helps families learn literacy skills.
Contact: 781-314-5696 or friendsofthewfs@gmail.com
Address: 510 Moody Street, Door #8, Waltham, MA 02453
Organized by Waltham Public Schools, this program offers ESL classes, as well as a Spanish Literacy Program and HiSet Preparation. Must have proof of Waltham residency.
Contact: Marianne Duffy, marianneduffy@walthampublicschools.org
Address: McDevitt Middle School; 75 Church Street, Waltham, MA 02452
Religious based English classes.
Contact: 781-891-5238 or register online.
Address: 21 Bruce Rd., Waltham, MA 02453
Classes taught by ESOL teachers and one-on-one or small group tutoring by volunteers. Also hosts weekly conversation group, “Let’s Talk”.
Contact: 617-924-8797; pbiggers@watertown-ma.gov
Address: Watertown Free Library; 123 Main St.; Watertown, MA 02472 (office)
Referral service for English language, literacy, and HiSet services.
Contact: 1-800-447-8844
TOEFL Testing Program

The Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) measures the ability of nonnative speakers of English to use and understand North American English as it is used in college and university settings. Scores on the test are required by more than 4,300 two- and four-year colleges and universities, professional schools, and sponsoring institutions.

Information bulletins are free publications that contain all the information you will need to register to take a TOEFL or TSE test. If you order a bulletin, it will be shipped from Ewing, New Jersey, USA. Allow up to eight weeks for delivery outside the United States. Bulletins can also be obtained by visiting the Guidance Department at Waltham High School, 617 Lexington Street, Waltham.

  • Bulletins may be ordered online.
  • TOEFL Practice Tests, Sample Questions and Writing topics & tutorials are available here.
  • Here is a nearby testing center:
  • Prometric Testing Center
  • 6 New England Executive Park, Suite 120
  • Burlington, MA 01803
  • (781) 221-7860
HiSET (formerly G.E.D. in Massachusetts)

Phone: 1-855-MyHiSET (1-855-694-4738)
E-mail Address: HiSET@ets.org
Course offerings: HiSET Practice Exams; Two practice exams are $10.
When: Tuesdays and Thursdays 9:00AM-11:30AM. Advanced Registration is required.
Contact: 781-249-1266; walthamnewvistas@outlook.com
Address:St. Mary's Religious Education Building; 30 Pond St., Waltham, MA 02451
Course offerings: Classes twice a week for three months. $60 for three months.
When: Tuesdays and Thursdays 5:00 - 7:00 PM. Advanced Registration is required.
Contact: Brian Logue at 781-891-6689 X202 or brian@watchcdc.org
Address:24 Crescent St. #201; Waltham, MA 02453
Course offerings: Free Preparation Courses
When: Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday mornings from September - June. Students may enroll on a rolling basis.
Contact: 781-280-3662; nortona@middlesex.mass.edu
Address: Bedford Campus of Middlesex Community College; 591 Springs Rd., Bedford, MA 01730
Course offerings:Preparation Classes. Classes are $329
When: Fall and Spring Semesters
Contact: 617-559-6999; staff@
Location: Newton High School at 360 Lowell Avenue, Newtonville, MA

SCALE (Somerville Center for Adult Learning Experiences)
Address: 167 Holland St.; Somerville, MA, 02144
Phone: 617-629-5500

Boston Center for Youth and Families Jackson Mann Community Center
Address: 500 Cambridge St.; Allston, MA 02134 Phone: 617-635-4920 X2202