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65 Warren Street, Roxbury, MA 02119
The Dudley Literacy Center now operates on a classes-only basis.
All classes require registration in advance.

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exterior of branch
Photo taken by local artist, Celeste Sheffey.

Hours & Directions


More information about the Dudley community

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The Dudley Literacy Center now operates on a classes-only basis. General questions about Literacy Services and programming can be directed to Literacy Specialist Michael Murray at 617-859-2446 or

Our mission is to support the basic educational needs of adults by imparting the skills and knowledge that will not only prepare them to reach their personal and professional goals, but assist them with creating their own opportunities.  In addition, we hope to help each individual develop confidence in themselves and engage critically with the world around them.

The Literacy Services Department, along with the Dudley Literacy Center, provides resources and programs that are designed to serve the needs of the adult literacy and ESL populations in and around Boston.  Regular programs include traditional ESL classes, ESL Conversation Groups, Reading and Writing instruction for low-literate adults, and a volunteer led tutoring program.

All programs are free. Click here for the current calendar of events.

  • English as a Second or Other Language Classes (ESL) – The Dudley Literacy Center offers ESL instruction in a traditional classroom environment. Classes range from beginner – for people with little or no experience with English – to high-intermediate. Please call or visit for more information.
    • ESL Low-Intermediate English Class at the Dudley Literacy Center – Tuesdays and Thursdays from 10:00am to 1:00pm. This class is designed for people who already have a basic understanding of the English language. The class will introduce students to more complex grammar, and offer several opportunities to practice and improve reading, writing, and speaking. For more information and to register please call 617-859-2446 or email
    • ESL Beginner English Class at the East Boston Branch – Fridays from 10:00am to 1:30pm. This class is designed for people with little or no experience with English. For more information and to register please call 617-859-2446 or email
  • English Conversation Groups – Practice speaking English in an informal and friendly group setting with other ESL students and new English speakers. Groups are led by a native English speaker.
  • Small Group Tutoring – Our Small Group Tutoring program offers both English-as-a-Second Language (ESL) and Adult Basic Education (ABE) skills instruction.  ESL groups are composed of 2-4 participants and one native-English speaking tutor.  Participants have the chance to work on improving their conversational skills, as well as reading and writing.  ABE groups traditionally have less students and focus on improving basic reading and writing toward individual student goals.  For more information and to register please call 617-859-2446 or email
  • Learn Online – Our online learning programs are ready whenever you want to study.
    • LearningExpress Library - Log on and practice for SAT , GED, TOEFL and other education tests. Learn-A-Test is interactive and is based on official tests that will help you improve your scores on academic, civil service, military, and professional licensing and certification exams. It provides immediate scoring, complete answer explanations, and individualized analysis of your score. All you need is your BPL card or eCard number.
    • Mango Languages - Mango Languages is a great online language learning program for both English and Foreign Languages.  For the English learning component, users can select their native language as the language through which they learn English.


  • Volunteer Opportunities – The Literacy Services Department offers several opportunities for volunteers to work with either adult English Language Learners or adults who are in need of developing more basic reading and writing skills towards their individual life goals.  For example, some volunteers may work with a small group of 2-4 ESL learners who are looking to improve their conversational English.  Other volunteers may work with an individual or small group helping learners prepare for the GED or other basic skills towards testing or employment. For more information please call 617-859-2446 or email


Adult Basic Education and ESL Resources (PDF, printable list)

If you have questions or suggestions, please contact