English Classes for College & Career Readiness

ESOL for adult immigrants who want to get a job or go to college:

Our four levels of free English classes teach students the language and skills needed that they need to succeed in their everyday lives, their careers, and in college. We offer both morning and evening classes. These classes are funded by the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education.

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What You Will Learn:

  • Levels 1-3: basic English speaking, listening, reading, and writing skills to help you succeed in everyday life, at work, or in school

  • Level 4: English, communication, and other skills that you need to get a better job, enter a job training program, and/or get ready for college

Time: Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday; 10:00 A.M. – 12:30 P.M or 6:00 P.M. – 8:30 P.M.

Length: September 2019 – June 2020

Cost: Free


  • Educational and career advising

  • Separate speaking and reading/writing classes to best meet your level

  • August boot-camp classes (optional)

  • One-on-one tutoring (optional)


  • Must attend all 4 days of class

  • Complete an application at BCNC Boston or BCNC Quincy office

  • Complete placement tests and interview: English reading and writing, English speaking, math, computer skills

How to Apply:
Go to BCNC Boston (38 Ash Street, Boston) or BCNC Quincy (1458 Hancock Street, Quincy center)

For More Information: Call May Mei: (617) 635-5129 x1044  (English and Mandarin Chinese)

Click on a photo below to learn more about each class:

Level 1

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Level 1 is a beginner ESOL English class. You will learn:

  • Basic English speaking, listening, writing, and reading

  • Basic computer skills for jobs and college

  • Other skills for jobs and college

For example, you will learn how to:

  • Use polite English

  • Ask questions

  • Listen for information

  • Write polite emails

  • Use the Internet

In class, you will:

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  • Work in groups

  • Learn how to listen and understand English well

  • Study well

  • Talk with your teacher and other students

  • Practice using the computer

This class will help you practice your English a lot and become more confident about speaking to other people in English.

Level 2

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Level 2 is a high beginner to low intermediate English class that will help you improve your English skills for jobs, job trainings, and college. You will learn speaking, listening, writing, and reading for better communication for your job and at school. You will also learn more vocabulary for everyday English.

In class, you will:

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  • Improve your study skills so that you feel more comfortable in the American classroom

  • Practice speaking and giving presentations in front of the class to prepare for academic group presentations

  • Practice writing emails and short essays

  • Go on field trips

  • Use the computer to continue learning when you are not in the classroom

This class will help you learn more about college and work life in the United States. You will improve your knowledge and skills through classroom instruction, online learning, and field trips.

Level 3

Level 3 is an intermediate English class. You will develop and refine your skills in speaking, listening, reading, and writing through a variety of engaging and practical experiences. You will especially focus on improving your reading and vocabulary.

In class, you will:

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  • Read news to improve your reading for college

  • Practice completing projects and speaking in front of the class

  • Prepare for and go to community events

  • Work by yourself, in pairs, and in groups

  • Use the computer to complete your classwork and do research

This class will help you continue developing your college and job skills to help you achieve your personal, academic, and career goals.

Level 4

Level 4 is an advanced English class. You will learn the English, professional, and technical skills that you will need to apply for college and/or take the next step in your career.

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In class, you will:

  • Write professional resumes and cover letters

  • Learn techniques for researching using the computer and other reference materials

  • Practice writing essays for college applications

  • Strengthen your job interview and networking skills

  • Discuss current events and other real-world issues

  • Study and prepare for college entrance exams

After this class, you will be ready to take the next step towards your academic and career goals: finding a meaningful job, entering a job training program, or starting college.