7 Whittlesey Avenue
P.O. Box 366
New Milford, CT 06776
Monday & Tuesday: 9:30-5:00
Wednesday & Thursday: 9:30-2:30
Evenings & Weekends
Click on the links to learn about classes and to find helpful information.
To join a class, simply complete the application form below and read the student commitment so that you know what we expect of our students. Once you have completed the application, return it to us.
How to get us the application:
Once an application is submitted, we meet with each new student to evaluate their English skills and to match them with a tutor.
Literacy Volunteers on the Green offers flexible class schedules and individualized instruction based on our students’ availability and needs. All of our students have different levels of English language skills as well as varied literacy in their own languages. We meet our students’ needs through small group instruction and one-on-one tutoring, if necessary.
Your tutor is a volunteer and has agreed to meet with you for 1½ hours per week to help you learn English. If you are not able to attend a scheduled meeting, you must call your tutor and reschedule. We hope you will meet with your tutor once a week for one year.
You will learn more if you do homework that is assigned to you, and if you practice English between lessons.
You can help yourself by telling your tutor what you want to learn. Your tutor will plan lessons after asking you what your interests are and what you hope to achieve.
If you don’t understand something, ask your tutor to explain it again. Don’t be embarrassed or afraid – English is not an easy language to learn!
Keep in Touch
If you need to discontinue lessons, notify your tutor and the office as soon as possible.
There is a suggested donation of $10, but all instructional services are provided free of charge to you.
Classes meet weekly for ninety-minutes in public locations such as libraries, schools, churches and restaurants in the seven town area and beyond. We have classes six days a week, mornings, afternoons and evenings. We work with our students’ schedules and match each with a tutor at a time and place that fits into when our students are available.
Fabricio came to the United States eleven years ago. He began to learn English, married, and became an American citizen. Today he works in the furniture industry, but his dream is to join the police force. He told us:
“I’m getting help with my English because I want to speak better and write better. When I feel more comfortable with my English, I will take the Police Department test. The Literacy Volunteer tutoring helps me to understand and pronounce words better. It helps me to get more comfortable with reading English.”
Natalia is a successful piano teacher in New Milford. Below she tells us about her experiences with Literacy Volunteers on the Green:
"My name is Natalia Kolenciak. I am a piano teacher from New Milford. I came to the USA 31/2 years ago from Russia. I had some knowledge of English from our schools, and I was lucky to have a husband who speaks English. It was OK for a short period. But living in a foreign country means you have to understand and speak that language pretty well. I understood right away that I had to start English classes. Now, because of my classes, I feel more confident with people. I teach in two music schools and I have private students. As a teacher I need to communicate a lot with my students and their parents. It’s very important to me that they understand me clearly. So the English classes organized by Literacy Volunteers on The Green are very helpful for me. I am sure I will keep taking the lessons as long as they are available.”
The following is a list of online resources for ESL students.
New Milford Public Library
New Milford Adult Education
Naugatuck Valley Community College
National Institute for Literacy
United States Citizenship
Dave's ESL Cafe
Activities for ESL Students
Welcome to the United States
Learn about Immigration and Citizenship, Education and Childcare, Healthcare and Families, Government Benefits, Employment, Finance, Where to learn English, and, much more.
VOA – Special English Edition
Read today’s news written for the English learner. Each article comes with audio to listen to the text.
The Learning Edge
An interactive site teaching topics like understanding classified ads, missing work and more.
*high beginner to high intermediate
Randall’s ESL Cyber Listening Lab
Listening activities for students of all ages.
Study English, play games, meet other students, find pen pals, ask vocabulary questions, get help on English grammar and test yourself.
About.com’s Guide to English as a Second Language
Hosted by an English teacher in Tuscany, the site includes quizzes, vocabulary study pages, interactive polls, chat rooms, pen pal information, and a weekly e-mail newsletter.
* intermediate to advanced
Hospital English.com – English for the medical profession
FREE on-line materials for medical professionals studying English.
This site has basic information about everything from geography to word games, science to sports.
This site has many puzzles and games, with especially good math activities.
An extension for the FireFox browser to help people learning English. It will translate an English word into French, German, Spanish, Russian, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Traditional or Simplified Chinese when mouse cursor hovers over it. With one click, it will remember all context of the word, such as URL of the page and the paragraph which the word belongs to. You can get Pronunciation of the word with a flash. Allows you to write a note for the word. (FREE)