English Classes

Materials to learn English and to study for citizenship, TOEFL and HiSET tests 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)
English at Large offers free conversation groups to adult intermediate and advanced English speakers.
Days and Times: During fall and spring sessions at various times during the week.
Contact: Register with English at Large, 781-395-2374,
Address: Waltham Public Library, 735 Main Street, Waltham, MA 02451
Individual and small group instruction in English and Literacy for adults.
Contact: 781-395-2374
Classes and referrals at various levels in English, empowerment, life skills. Classes cost between $30- $60; Free Computer Classes
Contact: 781-891-6689
Address: 24 Crescent Street, Suite 401, Waltham MA 02453
For Waltham families who have pre-school children ages 3-5; English language skills; parenting and life skills.
Contact: 781-314-5696
Address: 517 Moody Street, Waltham, MA 02453
Beginning English classes. Classes run from October through April.
Contact: 781-314-5498
Address: Whittemore Elementary School; 30 Parmenter Rd., Waltham, MA 02453
Religious based English classes held July-August; September-November; and February-March
Contact: 781-891-5238
Address: 21 Bruce Rd., Waltham, MA 02453
ESL classes in the spring and fall. Classes meet Tuesday and Thursday mornings. Classes are $100 for 10 classes
Contact: 781-249-1266; walthamnewvistas@outlook.com
Address: St. Mary's Religious Education Building; 30 Pond St., Waltham, MA 02451
Classes in English, computer skills, job preparation, and citizenship. Weekly Conversation Group, "Let's Talk"
Contact: 617-924-8797; jbayer@watertown-ma.gov
Address: Watertown Free Library; 123 Main St.; Watertown, MA 02472 (office)
Watertown High School; 50 Columbia Street; Room 333; Watertown, MA 02472
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: 781-891-6689 X202; bethany@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