English Classes

Materials to learn English and to study for citizenship, TOEFL and GED 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 and information on Services for Immigrants are available at the Reference/Information Desk on the first floor.

ESL Services
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Waltham Power Program
Course offerings: Classes in English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL), GED preparation, citizenship, computer, family literacy, and workplace skills.
When: September through June
Contact: 781-314-5586
Address: The old South Middle School at 510 Moody Street.
Web Address: www.walthampp.org
WATCH: Breaking Barriers
Course offerings: Classes and referrals at various levels in English, empowerment, life skills. Classes cost between $30- $60
Contact: 781-891-6689
Address: 24 Crescent Street, Suite 401, Waltham MA 02453
Web address: http://watchcdc.org/breaking-barriers-at-watch
English at Large
Course offerings: Individual and small group instruction in English and Literacy for adults.
Contact: 781-395-2374
Web address: www.englishatlarge.com
English Conversation Groups at Waltham Public Library
Course Offerings: 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 on Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays
Contact: Register with English at Large, 781-395-2374, www.englishatlarge.com
Address: Waltham Public Library, 735 Main Street, Waltham, MA Web Addresses: englishatlarge.org or waltham.lib.ma.us
Waltham Family School
Course offerings: Improving educational opportunities for children by integrating early childhood, adult education and parenting activities in a comprehensive family literacy program.
Contact: 781-314-5696
Address: 517 Moody Street, Waltham, MA 02453
Web address: http://www.walthampublicschools.org/fam.cfm
Waltham Group
Course offerings: Brandeis University student volunteers provide tutoring and mentoring for youth.
Contact: 781-736-3235
Address: P.O. Box 9110, Mail Stop 209, Waltham, MA 02454
Web address: http://www.brandeis.edu/walthamgroup/programs/index.html
Learning English Outside of Waltham
Asian American Civic Association
Contact: 617-426-9492

Project Literacy at the Watertown Free Library
Contact: 617-924-8797

Boston Academy of English
Contact: 617-338-6243

Boston Language Institute
Contact: 617-262-3500

Brookline Adult & Community Education
Contact: 617-730-2700

Cambridge Center of Adult Education
Contact: 617-547-6789

Newton Community Education
Contact: 617-559-6999

YMCA International Learning Center
Contact: 617-927-8244

TOEFLŪ 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
G.E.D. Practice and Testing Services
G.E.D. General Testing Information
Phone: 1-800-626-9433.
E-mail Address: ged@ace.nche.edu
Power Program
Course offerings:Preparation Courses
When: Tuesdays and Thursdays 9:00AM-11:30AM. Advanced Registration is required.
Contact: 781-314-5586
Address: The old South Middle School at 510 Moody Street.
Waltham Adult Continuing Education
Course offerings: Preparation Courses
When: Fall and Spring Semesters
Contact: 781-314-5572
Address: 617 Lexington Street, Waltham MA 02452
Web address: www.walthampublicschools.org/ce.cfm
Newton Community Education Office
Course offerings:Practice Tests
When: Fall and Spring Semesters
Contact: 617-559-6999
Location: Newton High School at 360 Lowell Avenue, Newtonville, MA
Web address: https://newtoncommunityed.org/index.php
Direct link to GED class: https://newtoncommunityed.org/viewDesc.php?CourseNumber=Q1004
G.E.D. Testing Centers
Newton Community Education
Address: 140 Brandeis Road; Newton Center, MA
Phone: 617-559-6993

SCALE (Somerville Center for Adult Learning Experiences)
Address: 42 Cross Street; Somerville, MA
Phone: 617-625-6600

Boston Center for Youth and Families
Address: 1483 Tremont Street; Boston, MA Phone: 617-635-4920
Website: http://www.cityofboston.gov/BYCF

The G.E.D. Test in Spanish or French
For information regarding taking the G.E.D. in Spanish or French, please contact the Massachusetts G.E.D. Administrator at the Massachusetts Department of Education: 781-338-6604; 350 Main Street; Malden, MA