for Speakers of Other Languages
persons interested in taking ESOL classes should call the main office
at 617-268-1912 to find out when the next registration and placement
testing for new students will be held. Registration and placement
testing is held three times each school year. Our usual waiting time
for a class is six months to one year. Applicants will
information by mail with a date and time for placement testing. NDEC
offers English language classes to immigrant adults. All levels of
classes include listening, speaking, reading, and writing practice. At
present NDEC services students from more than 40 countries. ESOL
students learn to use the computer as part of their language-learning
studies. Pre-Literacy classes emphasize the basics of reading and
writing for those students who are just beginning to learn those
skills. These classes also work on strengthening speaking and listening
1 provides beginning-level
speakers of English with the most
important vocabulary and grammar needed to communicate in English at a
basic level. Instruction is presented in a realistic way using everyday
2 continues the work of ESOL 1
helping students to develop
stronger speaking and listening skills and a larger vocabulary.
Grammar, reading, and writing skills are developed as well using real
life topics and texts.
3 offers Intermediate level
students expanded vocabulary
development and more complex grammar. Students will have extensive
practice in speaking, listening, reading, and writing.
4 builds on skills developed in
the prior levels. There is a
major emphasis on further developing reading and writing skills and
continuing practice of speaking, pronunciation, and listening.
are offered Monday through Friday, 8:30AM to 11:00 AM;
11:30AM to 2:00PM and 5:30PM to 8:00PM.
classes meet two times each week from 5:30 to 8:00 PM.
further information about any of these programs, please contact
Michele Moore, ESOL Program Coordinator, at 617-268-1912, x231 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
classes are offered to students who are in the process of
Naturalization. The program includes preparation in the basics of US
History, the role of the US government, responsibilities of US
citizens, and writing practice from dictation.
are offered on Tuesday mornings and Wednesday evenings.
classes meet from 8:30 -11:00
meet from 5:30 - 8:00 PM.
dates for the program are as follows:
class dates :
Tuesday, March 19th - 28, 8:30 - 11:30 AM
Thursday, March 21 - 30 - 5:30 - 8:00 PM
further information about NDEC's Citizenship program, please
contact Sr. Gerry Stanton, SND, Immigration Counselor, at 617-268-1912,
x223 or email at Gerry
interested in registering for a class in the Literacy
Department should call the main office or come in person to fill out a
Literacy Information Form. Upon receipt of the form, the student will
be notified about registration dates, when to take a placement test,
and do a writing sample.
Literacy Department offers three levels of adult education with
intensive instruction in reading, math, writing, and computer classes.
Basic Education (ABE)
1 offers instruction in basic
reading to adult non-readers.
2 offers instruction in writing,
math, reading, and computer
successfully completing the ABE program, students can choose to
continue their education in a Pre-GED program provided the grade
equivalency is appropriate. Pre-GED program offers instruction in
reading, writing, English, math, and computer. This course of study
prepares students to go on to the GED providing the grade equivalency
High School Programs
Educational Development (GED)
program prepares adult students working at the high school level
to take the 5 GED tests in literature, writing, math, science, and
social studies. The intense course of study sharpens critical thinking
skills necessary to pass these tests.
more information about these programs, please contact Anna
Fernandez-Buehrens, Literacy Program Coordinator, via email at
AnnaFernandez-Buehrens or call
School Diploma Program
School students can apply to the program by completing an
interview and bringing a copy of their high school transcripts. This
program is designed for students who need to finish credits for a full
high school diploma.
be eligible, a student must have earned enough credits to be
considered a high school junior. Tuition is $400.00 per class. Limited
financial aid is available.
Biology, Earth Science
Humanities: Art, World
Religions, Life Skills
Literature: World, British,
Social Studies: US History,
Math: Geometry, Algebra II
are held Monday through Thursday from 1:15 pm-3:15 pm and
3:15-5:15 pm, as needed for thirty-six weeks over two semesters.
course meets twice a week for two hours. Contact the Program
Interim Coordinator, K. Toussaint Lacoste, at 617-268-1912, x239 or email at K.
students choose Distance Learning to improve their English skills.
Students need to have access to a computer with an Internet connection.
USA Learns is the online curriculum. Students watch interesting stories
about US culture while learning vocabulary, grammar, spelling, and
other basic skills. Teachers are available online to help students and
communicate with one another on a community-based website called
further information please contact Margaret Lanen SND, Distance
Learning Program Coordinator, at 617-268-1912, x303 or email at
students have the opportunity to take advantage of the Support Services
offered at the Center. These services include, but are not limited to,
Job/Career Counseling, Immigration Counseling, Technology Support,
Tutoring Services, Education Counseling, and Transitions/Integration
member of the Support Staff attempts to have a flexible schedule
to have some availability to day and evening students.
Literacy and ESOL students spend time in the computer lab each week.
Students in the ESOL Program use the software programs Rosetta Stone
and/or USA Learns to learn English. Literacy Program students have
access to Skills Tutor and Key Train software to further their
learning. Other workshops are offered to students including:
Introduction to Windows
Navigating the Internet
NDEC Cyber Cafe is open to adults in the South Boston community who
want to learn computer basics. Participants do not need to be enrolled
at NDEC. The class meets once a week for an hour and one-half.