Resources for Distance Learners




















In the face of massive layoffs and closings across the Commonwealth, ESOL teachers, programs and English for New Bostonians (ENB) are quickly making the pivot to break the isolation and keep Boston’s immigrant community engaged in the business of learning. ENB’s team is assisting teachers to go virtual, in the way that works best for students and teachers.
Students in ENB-supported ESOL classes range from those who have advanced degrees from their home countries, to those who are non-literate; from those who use smartphones and computers every day, to those who have not ever downloaded an app or used a mouse.  ENB has developed a list of available essential tools that students and instructors can use below.

This website provides a convenient way to keep track of students attendance. As a teacher, sign up for a free account and follow three easy steps to get started.

  1. Write the name of the class you are teaching – Ex. ESOL level 1
  2. Enter the name of the students rerolled in the class. Keep adding names by clicking the ‘+Add another’ button. Click Next for the following step.
  3. Click the ‘Submit’ button. Your profile is now active! You can continue adding classes and students, or simply start taking attendance right away.  


Amazing Educational Resources 

This website has a wealth of online educational resources worth exploring.  A couple of highlights for ESOL adult programs include the following:


  • Teach This https://www.teach-this.com “Teach-This.com contains over 1,400 fun and engaging PDF worksheets, ESL games and activities to help you teach all the core skills associated with English language learning: speaking, listening, reading, writing, pronunciation, vocabulary and grammar. We offer many free PDF resources on every page of the website without the need to sign-up.”



Zoom is another great tool for communication.  It is a software that  provides a remote conferencing service that combines video conferencing, online meetings, chat, and mobile collaboration. This tool is great for hosting ESOL courses for students please click here to download the guide on how to set up Zoom. 


Links to other available distance learning resources:
  1. Tips for Distance Learning
  2. EdTech Center’s Guide
  3. ProLiteracy



Skype is a communications software that allows you to have meetings and create great things with your workgroup. It’s free to use Skype – to send messages and have audio and video calls with groups of up to 50 people.

ENB has created a guide on using skype which can be downloaded here.

MassHealth Update

A special open enrollment period is under way on the Health Connector until April 25, to enable anyone who wants to get individual coverage during the COVID-19 crisis. Details here. As explained by Vicky Poulos of MLRI, this is helpful for anyone who is uninsured but especially relevant for two groups of immigrants:

1) People who’ve had their green cards for less than 5 years and are thus ineligible for MassHealth, but they *can* get ConnectorCare.

2) Undocumented immigrants who don’t qualify for subsidies under the Connector, but can still sign up for a plan and pay the full cost if they can afford it. Sign up directly at http://www.mahealthconnector.org