What is the Intergenerational Literacy Program?
The ILP is a program for adults, out-of-school youth, and families. We offer courses in English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) and preparation for high school equivalency exams (HiSET/GED) in Spanish. We also offer classes for parents who want to improve their reading and writing and who want to learn how to help their children learn to read and write.
Online classes are held on Zoom. In-person classes are held at the John Silber Early Learning Center in Chelsea. Classes are held in the morning, afternoon, and evening, Monday through Friday.
Classes for English Language Learners
ESOL Levels 1, 2, and 3: These classes are for Massachusetts residents who want to improve their English language and literacy. Three levels of ESOL are offered. All new students will be assessed for placement.
ESOL Family Literacy: These classes are for parents and caregivers who want to improve their reading and writing. Participants will also learn how to support their children in school including how to communicate with school officials.
High School Equivalency and Adult Basic Education
High School Equivalency for Youth and Adults: These classes are for Massachusetts residents ages 16 and above to prepare them to take the high school equivalency exam (HiSET or GED) in English or Spanish.
Adult Basic Education: These classes, only offered in Spanish, provide adults and youth (ages 16-22) with the literacy skills needed to enter high school equivalency classes.
Classes for Children
Pre-School Children: Preschool children will attend classes to help prepare them for school while their parents are in class.
School-Aged Children: School-aged children will get homework assistance and participate in other developmentally appropriate activities, including social-emotional learning during the time their parents are in class.
Distance Learning: This is for individuals who are interested in taking English classes online.
Supplemental Classes: Learners enrolled in ILP classes have the option to attend conversation, writing, and computer classes.