ESL Program Volunteer Form

Do you speak English? Are you reliable, adaptable, welcoming, and friendly? Are you looking for a rewarding volunteer opportunity that helps people in your community learn English?
You may be a great addition to our volunteer teaching team. English classes at the Somerville Public Library are informal, fun, and popular. A core group of dedicated and enthusiastic volunteers are essential to make this program run successfully.
The ESL Program is looking for people who can make a weekly commitment at one, two, or all three weekly ESL classes. We are looking for folks with staying power and a willingness to work with all levels of English Language Learners. Our wonderful students grow to rely on us and you will grow to care about them too.

No prior experience teaching English is required. If you're willing to get people talking, and if you are a good listener and coach, you will do splendidly. We all help each other, observe each other's teaching styles, share hints and encouragement, and learn together as we go.

A special note to teachers who have previous classroom experience or ESL certification: Our classes don’t operate as traditional classes do. They are drop-in style, informal, and change from week to week. If you let go of expectations about teaching and jump into our learning community, you may be pleasantly surprised!

We work in small groups where tutors take turns working with different students at different ability levels each week. Class materials are provided, but we welcome any ideas and activities volunteers may have. Since we all have particular skills to share, it helps if we all take joint responsibility for the learning of students at all levels. It’s fun to get to know everyone and to help other teachers track the progress of individual students.

For more information, please fill out the form below to be put in contact with Brigid Pigott, Literacy and Volunteer Coordinator.


We look forward to getting to know you better!