ESL (English as a Second Language) Resources

The following are resources we've compiled to help you learn English, earn your HiSET (formerly the GED®), or improve your reading skills.

Your 14-digit library barcode may be required to access some of our resources.  

Adult Literacy Online

Mango Languages
Mango Languages - A convenient and comprehensive way to learn a new language or strengthen Mangoyour English skills. ESL Resources Available for over 20 source languages!  


Universal Class
Universal Class logoUniversal Class offers multiple ESL grammar and vocabulary-building classes.  The classes are self-paced and instructor-led, with certified instructors available to answer questions and assess your performance.  Access available for Tewksbury residents only.

Voice of America oice of America  logo
Voice of America - Online English lessons, instructions for filling out forms, etc. for beginners.  Vocabulary builder for advanced students of ESL

Local Classes

Adult Learning Center of Greater Haverhill
3 Washington Sq., 3rd Floor
Haverhill, MA
Contact: (978) 373-1971

Asian Center of Merrimack Valley
1 Ballard Way
Lawrence, MA
Contact: (978) 683-7316

Cambodian Mutual Assistance Association of Greater Lowell, Inc.
465 School St.
Lowell, MA 
Contact: (978) 454-6200

Methuen Adult Learning Center Currier School
36 Boylston Street
Methuen, MA
Contact: (978) 681-1347 / (978) 681-9407

Literacy Volunteers at Pollard Memorial Library
401 Main Street
Lowell, MA
Contact: Julie Iatron (978) 674-1541

Massachusetts Alliance of Portuguese Speakers
11 Mill Street
Lowell, MA
Contact: (978) 970-1250

Further Resources

English at Large
Provides free English instruction (ESOL/ESL) to immigrant adults throughout 21 Boston-area communities.

Massachusetts Adult Literacy Hotline
Provides referrals to over 300 adult education programs that offer one-on-one tutoring and small-group or classroom instruction to adult learners.44 Farnsworth Street, Boston, MA Contact: (800) 447-8844

HiSET Educational Testing Service
Provides all the information you need about the High School Equivalency Testing Program (formerly the GED®).