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The tutoring program offered by the International Committee is ready to assist you in practicing and improving your English-speaking skills. The group of tutors are WHOI employees.  Remember, they are not professionally trained teachers. Work schedules may not allow for all tutors to be available, but the coordinator of this program will make every effort to match a student with a tutor.

The program is very informal.  The first meeting between you and the tutor will be arranged through the program coordinator, who will be present at this meeting.  Each person’s English skills are different, but it is recommended that you meet at least once a week as agreed upon between you and the tutor. All details about time, place of meeting, and how often are between you and the tutor.

There is no formal class structure.  You and your tutor can decide what to do, the type of assistance you need.  It is fun to discover interesting ways that will expand your vocabulary and speaking skills.  You may also ask your tutor to help with your writing skills, to proofread papers, or critique a presentation.

For more information on the English Assistance Program, please contact: Andrew Daly, Department of Geology & Geophysics, WHOI. email:

Sometimes a spouse might not have any English skills.  WHOI tutors are not experienced to teach English at this level. There are programs in the community (not at WHOI) for English as a Second Language.

Free English Classes in Falmouth

Saint Patrick's Church
511 Main Street, Falmouth, MA 02540

This class is run by volunteer teachers, and  it also has three levels of classes. The students are mostly adults and are from diverse backgrounds. Classes are scheduled for Wednesday evenings from 6:30 - 8:00. The school year is from September to April. The classes are small - no more than 12 students in a class. A personal appointment is not needed, and the student will be assessed and assigned to an appropriate group.  They are good about allowing students to join the class at any time if there is room.

This program is organized by the Catholic Social Services

There is no charge for this program.

If you need further information about these programs or help in registering, please contact: Andrew Daly, Department of Geology & Geophysics, WHOI. email:

Cape Cod Literacy Council

Cape Cod Literary Council offers ‘one-on-one’ (private) tutoring instruction.  Classes are free and scheduled by arrangement with a tutor once a week.  They are held at a location outside the home that is convenient for the student and the tutor.  All levels of English skills can be accommodated in this type of program.

Contact: Henrietta (Henry) Wasserman at 1-508-862-1305 for a placement.


ESL (English as Second Language) Program

This is sponsored by the State of Massachusetts with ESL licensed instructors. There is a formal curriculum and three levels of classes are offered: Beginner, Intermediate and Advanced. These classes are held in the evenings at two locations: Mashpee High School, on Route 151 (town closest to Woods Hole and Falmouth) and Cape Cod Community College, in Hyannis, which is approximately a 45-minute ride from Woods Hole.  For both locations you will need car transportation. The school year begins in September and ends in April. To register for these classes one must make an appointment. A prospective student is assessed and the appropriate class is decided. A teacher can decide to allow a student to join classes at any time, if the class is not full. Please note:  Beginner level ESL classes have large numbers of applicants and there is often a waiting list.

Contact for both Mashpee and Cape Cod Community College:  Toby McGuire (Program Coordinator) 1-508-778-2221. (This is a long-distance telephone call from Falmouth.)


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Last updated: October 21, 2015

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