Martin Luther King

  Monday January 20th, is the Martin Luther King Day holiday.  Martin Luther King spent his life working for equal rights for African Americans, and all Americans. He was an important civil rights leader and minister whose work helped lead to new laws against racial discrimination.

King’s most famous speech was at a protest rally for equal rights – in front of 250,000 people in Washington DC in 1963, which became known as the “I Have a Dream” speech.

Here’s a link to the entire 17 minute speech on YouTube.

Winter/Spring ESL Classes at FAESL – New Student Lottery Information

UPDATE: Registration is closed for this semester.  If your lottery number was not picked, there are other places to take classes listed on our Classes Page.  And there are many suggestions on this blog on how to improve your English by yourself.

Framingham Adult ESL has a limited number of spaces available for morning and evening classes for the Spring 2020 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, January 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, January 16th, 6:30 – 8:00 PM

NUEVO INGRESO Registro de Estudiantes (ESL lotería)

  • Clases Mañanas ESL: Jueves, 16 de Enero 2020, 8:45 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.,
    BRACE en St. Tarcisius Church, 560 Waverly Street
  • Clases Noche ESL: Jueves, 16 de Enero 2020, 6:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.,
    Adult ESL en Fuller Middle School, 31 Flagg Drive


  • ESL CLASSES DIURNAS: Quinta-feira, 16 de Janeiro, das 8:45am às
    BRACE, at St. Tarcisius Church, 560 Waverly Street
  • ESL Classes Noturnas: Quinta-feira, 16 de Janeiro, das 6:30pm às
    ESL para Adultos, na Fuller Middle School,31 Flagg Drive
  1. Come on January 16th to submit an entry card (with your name, address, phone, etc).  Everyone who submits a card will have their name included in the lottery.
  2. 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 January 16th to submit an entry card.
  • Will there be 2 separate lotteries?
    – If you come in the morning of Jan 16th (to St. Tarcisius), your name will be part of the lottery for MORNING classes.  If you come in the evening of Jan 16th (to Fuller School), your name will be part of the lottery for EVENING classes.
  • On January 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.
  • If my name is selected in the lottery, what happens next?
    Someone from school will contact you, and 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
    • Regular classes start on Tuesday February 4th and Prep classes start a few weeks later
  • I can’t come on January 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 January 16th, and you must come in-person.

NOTE: This is information only.  It does not guarantee you a place in class. 

Can You Find the Wooden Soldiers?

soldiers1 This year there are 30 wooden soldiers displayed all around Framingham in 25 different places!  Have you seen any?  If you have, take a picture of the soldier (selfie?), and post it on our FaceBook page.  (Or, you can Email us.)  With the picture, write where you saw the soldier.  Good luck!

On the Framingham Parks & Recreation Facebook page they have clues for where to find the soldiers.

soldiers2These tall wooden soldiers became well known when they guarded the old Shopper’s World shopping center during the Christmas shopping season. Some generous carpenters helped to build new copies of the soldiers, and it has become a Framingham tradition for the wooden soldiers to decorate the town during the holidays.

soldiers3Thanks Andreia, Sidi, Tena, Marta, and Jingie!

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  Tinycards is a flash card app from the people who make Duolingo.  You can use Tinycards to learn and practice new English vocabulary.  It is available on their website, and there is an app for iPhone/iPad and Android.

You can practice with many sets of words. Search for ESL, and they will give you many choices.
For example – Parts of the Body, Winter Vocabulary, and Clothes

If you create a free Tinycards account, you can make your own set of words (‘deck’) to learn and practice.

There, Their, or They’re?

These groups of words sound the same, or similar to each other.  It can be confusing to know which one to use when you write.  Examples:

  • I’m going to Boston.
  • I’m hungry and she is too.
  • There is too much snow.
  • I have two daughters.
  • She bought some groceries and then she went home.
  • My car is older than your car.
  • Plum Island is a pretty place and I’m going there tomorrow.
  • They’re very excited kids.
  • Their car is in front of my car.
  • Can I use your phone?
  • You’re my best friend.
  • They were at the beach yesterday.
  • We’re happy that you can come to visit us.
  • Where are you going?

There are many more commonly confused words.

— Thanks to Pat for suggesting this article —