PBHA’s Chinatown ESL program works with adult immigrants in Boston's Chinatown to develop English language proficiency.

Application Information:

To enroll in Chinatown ESL, or to learn more about volunteering with the program, email chinatownesl@pbha.org.

Student Director Contact Information:

Akshay Swaminathan & Sarah Wang

chinatownesl@pbha.org

Staff Contact Information:

Kerry McGowan

kerry@pbha.org

617-495-3684

PBHA’s Chinatown ESL program works with adult immigrants in Boston’s Chinatown to develop English language proficiency. The program offers five levels of classes, from beginning fundamentals to advanced conversation. Lessons focus on developing practical conversational, reading, and writing skills useful for everyday situations.

Volunteer with Chinatown ESL

Teaching experience and Chinese language ability are not required to volunteer with Chinatown ESL, although Cantonese speakers are always especially in demand. Curriculum is provided and classes are held on the Harvard campus once a week for two hours.

Learn More

  • Chinatown Citizenship

    programs

    PBHA's Chinatown Citizenship program supports immigrants in Boston's Chinatown as they apply for U.S. citizenship.

  • Chinatown Teen

    programs

    PBHA’s Chinatown Teen program pairs high school students in Boston’s Chinatown with college-age mentors.

  • Chinatown Afterschool

    programs

    PBHA's Chinatown Afterschool program promotes academic enrichment for children in Boston’s Chinatown community.