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ESOL (English for Speakers of Other Languages)


The department offers basic to intermediate instruction to adults from more than 30 countries. All levels include level-appropriate listening, speaking, reading, writing, math, and computer instruction. Many students graduate to Adult Basic Education (ABE) and HiSET courses, where they typically thrive.


Language Classes

Class size is capped at 20 to ensure that students receive the instructional time and support they need.  Volunteers provide individual or small-group tutorials outside of class to reinforce classroom instruction. 


ESOL-Related Services



Distance and Online Learning for ESOL Students 

NDEC is the hub for and a partner in ESOL distance and online learning with the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education.

         Hybrid Class: Online and Face-to-Face



Participation in this class provides many ways to build language skills: instruction, a weekly conversation class, an online community website and blog, and other resources. Each week, participants spend a minimum of 4 hours in class and 3 hours online.


For further information, please contact Margaret Lanen, SND, Distance Learning Coordinator, at (617) 268-1912 x303, or

Citizenship Preparation 

Citizenship classes are offered to students who are in the process of naturalization. The classes focus on the basics of United States history, the role of its government, and the responsibilities of its citizens. Assistance is provided in the preparation of the N400 naturalization application. Case management and immigration counseling services are available.


To enroll in citizenship classes, students must be at least 18 years old; have had their Green Card for at least 5 years (at least 3 years if married to a U.S. citizen); be prepared to present their Green Card at the first class; and speak, read, and write basic English at the NDEC ESOL Level 3 or 4 (or test to that level if not enrolled in NDEC classes). There is a $75.00 registration fee due at time of acceptance for applicants who are not NDEC students. 

          Click here for the current citizenship course information.


For further information or to apply, please contact Sr. Gerry Stanton, SND, Immigration Case Manager, at (617) 268-1912, or email

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Department Staff

Manny Reynoso

(617) 268-1912 ex. 245

Resource Counselor

Silvia Mejia

(617) 268-1912 ex. 245


Erin Gilmartin

Immigration Case Manager

Sr. Gerry Stanton

(617) 268-1912 ex. 223  

Distance Learning

Patricia Drake - Learning Coach

Diana Satin - Learning Coach

Sr. Margaret McLaughlin

Send ESOL a Message

Sr. Catherine O'Brien

Sylvia Mejia

Rodeline Prince

Joanne White

Sr. Margaret Lanen - Coordinator

(617) 268-1912 ex. 303

We're sorry, but we are no longer offering citizenship classes.

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