The first concern of many newcomers to the United States is their ability to communicate in English. Taking a class or joining a conversation group is a great way to improve your English and to gain confidence in communicating with others.
Luckily, there are lots of schools, colleges and community centers around the Metro Boston area where you can study English. You won't have a big problem finding on and off campus programs that suit your English level and meet your expectation.
On campus programs:
MIT offers many different kinds of ESL classes. Some are open to MIT students only, while others are open to non-students. The MIT Women's League and the Baptist Campus Ministry offer classes that are open to non-students, and the Women’s League classes also offer babysitting. MIT spouses&partners hosts weekly meetings and a variety of interest groups which provide a safe and informal environment where you can practice speaking English. You can also find a conversation partner on campus with whom you can practice English by joining the MIT Language Conversation Exchange.
Off campus programs:
Cambridge, Boston and Brookline and the other cities and towns have community centers. Most of them offer a variety of classes with affordable fees. Major colleges in the area are known for their excellent ESL programs. You may also want to check out private English schools since they provide very intensive programs. Local public libraries are always a good place to start. They have abundant ESL resources and offer free English conversation classes. Also try the Teaching House Boston for potentially free classes.
Please note that some schools require that you take a placement test before entering an English class. Don’t be nervous! The test may be difficult, but its purpose is to test your knowledge and therefore put you in the right level class so that you can honestly improve your English
Above all, don’t forget that you improve your English any time and place you are meeting people and talking in English together. All of your efforts will count – including reading books and newspapers. spouses&partners offers many groups and meetings where you can practice your English. Although you may get frustrated and your progress may feel slow, you will improve your English over time. Good luck!