ESL Program for MIT Facilities Department Employees

The English as a Second Language (ESL) Program for MIT Facilities Department Employees on campus helps employees who are not native English speakers improve their English communication skills and advance their careers.

Currently serving campus employees in the Service Employees International Union (SEIU) in Facilities, the program provides the following:

  • Year-round ESL classes for all three working shifts at MIT.
  • Support services for employees seeking to gain U.S. citizenship.
  • Classes for job-specific licensing and certificate exams.
  • Classes and preparation for General Educational Development (GED) and Adult Diploma Program (ADP).

Now Seeking Volunteers

We're looking for employee volunteers who can tutor night shift employees for one hour per week or to substitute. No experience is required, just a good command of English and an interest in helping individuals whose first language is not English.

Tutoring takes place at the following times:

  • Day shift: Monday - Friday between 10 am - 3pm
  • Evening shift: Tues/Thurs. between 4-7pm
  • Night shift: Tues/Thurs. 11 pm - 12 midnight

This is an opportunity to make a real and positive difference. Contact Nancy Kelly at or 781-296-7600.

How the Program Works

The program provides one hour of teaching or one-on-one tutoring, twice a week during the employees' work shifts — day, evening, or night — and follows MIT's academic calendar with a short summer session.

In addition to improving speaking, reading, and writing skills, classes may also prepare students for licensing exams related to their jobs, the US Citizenship test, GED and ADP.

MIT employees, faculty, undergraduate and graduate students, MIT Women's League members, retirees and friends of MIT volunteer to teach in this growing service endeavor that richly rewards tutors as well as learners.

For more information on this program, see the resources below or contact Nancy Kelly, Coordinator, at

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