English Language Programs
Our library is proud to offer many opportunities for adult emerging bilinguals who are interested in improving their English language skills. A list of our adult English Language Programs can be downloaded with this link o en español aquí; a schedule of the programs can be downloaded here, in both English and Spanish. A registration form for all adult English Language Programs can be downloaded here to be printed, completed, and returned to the library.
We also have an English Conversation Café for teens: please see below for more details.
English for Beginners
Come to an Information Session to find out more about this program and register for the next cycle of classes. Pick one: Monday, January 28, 2019, at 7:00 p.m. - or - Saturday, February 2, at 11:00 a.m.
English Conversation Groups
Tuesdays and Thursdays from 7:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
(These groups will not meet during the weeks of December 25 through January 10; they will resume on January 15, 2019.)
The New Brunswick Free Public Library provides recurring English Conversation Groups on Tuesday and Thursday evenings. The goal of this program is to provide English language conversation practice to support further education and workplace training. Adult learners can improve their English language skills through an integrated literacy curriculum and the use of "real-life materials." Participants must be age 18 or older and have at least an intermediate understanding of and ability to speak English.
One group meets on Tuesdays and one group meets on Thursdays. You can attend one or both of these groups.
To join an English Conversation Group, please complete a registration form and bring it with you on the evening you would like to attend.
English Conversation Café
Winter/Spring 2019 dates and times:
Tuesdays *for Novice English Speakers*, 7:00 - 8:00 p.m., February 19 - April 16, with no meeting on March 19;
Wednesday mornings, 11:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m., February 6 - April 17, with no meeting on March 20;
Wednesday evenings, 6:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m., February 20 - April 17, with no meeting on March 20;
Fridays, 11:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m., February 15 - April 12, with no meeting on March 22.
The Conversation Café is an informal conversation group for adult language learners. Participants engage in one-on-one or small-group conversations with Conversation Facilitators discussing a variety of topics. Conversation Facilitators are prepared to facilitate intercultural conversations through academic courses and professional development offered by the Rutgers Graduate School of Education. Participants must be age 18 or older. All levels welcome, though the Tuesday Café is specifically for novice English speakers.
This program is made possible through a partnership of the New Brunswick Free Public Library and The Conversation Tree: Community-Based Language Partnerships, a program created by Rutgers Graduate School of Education and The Collaborative Center for Community-Based Research and Service.
Teen English Conversation Café
Saturdays, February 2 – May 4 (with no sessions on March 16 & 23), from 1:00 to 2:30 p.m.
Teens in grades 7-12 can join this English Conversation Café for free! English-speakers of any level are welcome. Receive a Certificate of Attendance if you attend at least 8 sessions.
This program is possible thanks to a partnership with Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey. Download a flyer (in English and en español) for more information.
JFS ESL/Citizenship Classes
Thursdays from 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
Oct. 4, 2018 – Jan. 17, 2019 (with no class on 12/27 & 1/3); Feb. 7 – May 9, 2019; May 30 – Aug. 29, 2019.
Do you need help preparing for your Naturalization interview? Learn what you need to know in order to pass your exam. The Jewish Family Services of Middlesex County offers Citizenship Classes at the library! These classes provide opportunities to learn about U.S. government and U.S. history and to improve English language skills, while preparing for the Citizenship Exam. Immigration and Citizenship application assistance provided as well.
Please call the JFS office at 732-777-1940 with any questions and to register.