Study to Get Your High School Degree

Take free reading, writing, and math classes – to prepare for your high school equivalency test (HiSET)

To register,  come to the Fuller Middle School library –  31 Flagg Drive in Framingham – at 6:30 PM on Tuesday, August 28th

Classes meet every Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday from 6:30 to 9:30 PM

Classes offered by Framingham Adult ESL Plus (508-626-4282)

Note: This is registration for HiSET(GED) classes – NO English classes.

Fall ESL Classes at FAESL – New Student Lottery Information

Framingham Adult ESL will have a limited number of spaces for morning and evening classes for the Fall 2018 semester.

  • If you are interested in taking a MORNING English class at Framingham Adult ESL you must come in person to
    St. Tarcisius School (BRACE building)
    560 Waverly Street, Framingham
    Thursday, August 16th, 8:45 – 10:00 AM
  • If you are interested in taking an EVENING English class at Framingham Adult ESL you must come in person to
    Fuller Middle School Cafeteria
    31 Flagg Drive, Framingham
    Thursday, August 16th, 6:30 – 8:00 PM
  1. Come on August 16th to submit an entry card (with your name, address, etc).  Everyone who submits a card will have their name included in the lottery.
  2. The lottery will be on Monday, August 20th.  Don’t come to the school on Aug 20th.  You can watch the lottery online (Facebook Live) on your phone, tablet, or computer.
  3. If you are one of the winners of the lottery, you will be asked to come back on a different day for testing.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

  • If I want to participate in the English class lottery, do I have to come to the school?
    YES – You must come to the school on Thursday August 16th to submit an entry card.  BUT, this should not take too long because there will be no lottery or testing on that day.
  • Will there be 2 separate lotteries?
    YES – If you come in the morning of Aug 16th (to St. Tarcisius), your name will be part of the lottery for MORNING classes.  If you come in the evening of Aug 16th (to Fuller School), your name will be part of the lottery for EVENING classes.
  • On August 16th do I need to arrive at the school before 6:30PM (or before 8:45 AM for morning classes)?
    NO – You can come any time between 6:30 and 8:00PM (or between 8:45 and 10:00AM for morning classes).  ALL the names collected during that time will have an equal chance in the lottery.
  • Do I need to watch the lottery (on Facebook Live) on August 20th?
    NO – When you come to the school on August 16th, you will submit an entry card with information (phone, email) on how to contact you.  If your name is selected in the lottery, the school will contact you.
  • If my name is selected in the lottery, what happens next?
    You will be asked to come to the school for testing.  After testing, you will be assigned to one of these:

    • a regular English class (6 hours each week)
    • or – a volunteer-led, once-a-week prep class (2 hours)
      If you stay in prep class with good attendance, you will automatically be on a priority list for a regular class and will not need to participate in any more lotteries.
    • or – a waiting list
      (You get a space in class as soon as possible and do not need to participate in more lotteries)
  • When are the classes?
    • Regular morning classes are on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday mornings from 8:45 to 10:45
    • Regular evening classes are on Tuesday and Thursday evenings from 6:30 to 9:30
    • Prep classes are on one of those mornings, or evenings, each week
  • I can’t come on August 16th.  Can I come on the 15th (or some other day)? Or can someone else come to submit an entry card for me?
    NO – Unfortunately, the only day you can come to submit your name for the lottery is on August 16th, and you must come in-person.

Spring ESL Classes at FAESL – New Student Lottery Information

Framingham Adult ESL will have a limited number of spaces for morning and evening classes for the Spring 2018 semester that begins in February.

  • If you are interested in taking a MORNING English class at Framingham Adult ESL you must come in person to
    St. Tarcisius School (BRACE building)
    560 Waverly Street, Framingham
    Thursday, January 18th, 8:45 – 10:00 AM
  • If you are interested in taking an EVENING English class at Framingham Adult ESL you must come in person to
    Fuller Middle School Cafeteria
    31 Flagg Drive, Framingham
    Thursday, January 18th, 6:30 – 8:30 PM
  1. Come on January 18th to complete an entry form (with your name, address, etc).  Everyone who completes a form will have their name included in the lottery.
  2. The lottery will be on Tuesday, January 23rd.  Don’t come to the school on Jan 23rd.  You can watch the lottery online (live-streamed) on your phone, tablet, or computer.
  3. If you are one of the winners of the lottery, you will be asked to come back on a different day for testing.

Information about this lottery is also available in SpanishPortugueseChineseRussianArabic, and French

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

  • If I want to participate in the English class lottery, do I have to come to the school?
    YES – You must come to the school on Thursday January 18th to submit an entry form.  BUT, this should not take too long because there will be no lottery or testing on that day.
  • Will there be 2 separate lotteries?
    YES – If you come in the morning of Jan 18th (to St. Tarcisius), your name will be part of the lottery for MORNING classes.  If you come in the evening of Jan 18th (to Fuller School), your name will be part of the lottery for EVENING classes.
  • On January 18th do I need to arrive at the school before 6:30PM (or before 8:45 AM for morning classes)?
    NO – You can come any time between 6:30 and 8:30PM (or between 8:45 and 10:00AM for morning classes).  ALL the names collected during that time will have an equal chance in the lottery.
  • Do I need to watch the live-streamed lottery on January 23rd?
    NO – When you come to the school on January 18th, you will submit an entry form with information (phone, email) on how to contact you.  If your name is selected in the lottery, the school will contact you.
  • If my name is selected in the lottery, what happens next?
    You will be asked to come to the school for testing.  Then you will be assigned to either a regular English class (6 hours each week) or a volunteer-led, once-a-week prep class (2 hours).  If you are placed in a prep class, you are automatically on a priority list for a regular class, and do not need to participate in any more lotteries.
  • When are the classes?
    Regular morning classes are on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday mornings from 8:45 to 10:45.
    Regular evening classes are on Tuesday and Thursday evenings from 6:30 to 9:30.
    Prep classes are on one of those mornings, or evenings, each week.
  • I can’t come on January 18th.  Can I come on the 17th (or some other day)?
    NO – Unfortunately, the only day you can come to submit your name for the lottery is on January 18th.

Help Finding a Career

This new 12-week free training program will help parents in MetroWest to find a good career.  It’s called Credential to Career (C2C), from One Family, Inc.

There will be two information sessions about this program next week in Framingham:

  • Tues, Oct 10th at 9AM at SMOC (7 Bishop St.)
  • Fri, Oct 13th at 10AM at the North Framingham Library – McAuliffe Branch (746 Water St. )

Study to Get Your High School Degree

Take free reading, writing, and math classes – to prepare for your high school equivalency test (HiSET)

To register,  come to the Fuller Middle School library –  31 Flagg Drive in Framingham – at 6:00 PM on Wednesday September 13th

Classes meet every Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday from 6:30 to 9:30 PM

Classes offered by Framingham Adult ESL Plus (508-626-4282)

Note: This is registration for HiSET(GED) classes – NO English classes.

Retail Pathways – New Job Training Class

Want a job?  Start here. There are many jobs and opportunities for advancement in retail (often working with customers in a store).

The retail industry is a great place gain experience and improve your English.  Earn a certificate, grow your skills and increase your wages. No experience needed, and no high school diploma or HiSet/GED is needed.  Starting wages: $11-$16/hour.

Retail Pathways will be offering a free 6-week job training class at Keefe Tech this fall (Mon/Tue/Wed from 5-8 PM). At the end, they will help you find a retail job.  To take the class, you must know some English, not have a retail job now, and be authorized to work in the United States. See the Retail Pathways web page and application for more requirements and details.

If interested in taking this class, contact Cindy Key at ckey@pswinc.org, or (508) 281-6910, extension 9

 

Winning Numbers for FAESL Lottery

  Last week, many hundreds of people registered at Framingham Adult ESL to try to get one of the limited number of places in English class.  The lottery was held this morning on Facebook Live for both Morning and Evening classes.  Here are lists of numbers that were picked:

Congratulations to the 220 people whose numbers were picked.  You will be contacted soon about coming to the school next Tuesday, August 29th, for testing.

If you missed this lottery, or your number was not picked – the next school lottery will be in January.  In the meantime, there are many other opportunities to study English in MetroWest.  And you can continue to read this blog for suggestions on how you can help teach yourself some English.

Now is the Time to Look for a Fall English Class

  Many people living in MetroWest are working to learn/improve their English.  If you read this blog often, you are probably one of them.  Studying in a class can help you learn faster, but unfortunately there are not enough affordable classes in this area for everyone who wants to attend.

However – right now is one of the best times of the year to find an English class.  Almost all of the English programs in MetroWest are starting new classes in the next 4-6 weeks.  Most have some spaces for new people.

Look at our updated CLASSES PAGE.  It lists many schools  with English classes in MetroWest.  All schools with a Green Dot –  – have some spaces available for their next classes.  Click/press on the name of the school for more information about the school – how to apply, costs, etc.

If you live someplace else in the U.S. – it’s probably a good time to look for a new English class wherever you live.  Looking on the website of your city/town, and asking at your public library is a good place to start.