Kendall Square Learning Project
The Kendall Square Learning Project (KSLP) is a non-profit, charitable organization that provides classes in English as a Second Language (ESL) and basic life skills topics. These classes are provided at no cost to the students. The KSLP is based in Kendall Square, Cambridge, MA and is accessible by MBTA.
Classes are small and use innovative approaches for learning English. Our class schedule is available in 3 languages: English, Spanish, and Portuguese. If you're interested in signing up, view the Registration Information.
KSLP was formed in 1992 by sheer determination and the notion that anyone can make a difference. Beginning with one person, KSLP quickly grew from a simple idea into a volunteer program that has reached out to over 300 students.
A future version of KSLP includes Adult Basic Education, teaching literacy and expanded classes in basic life skills.
Time and Location
Classes are held twice a week in the evening at facilities provided by the U.S. Department of Transportation, Volpe Center, located at 55 Broadway, Kendall Square, Cambridge, MA 02142.
Two teachers are assigned to a class so that each teaches only once a week for an hour and a half. Class format is informal and teachers can choose how to structure their lessons. Class preparation time is about an hour a week. Teaching materials and training are provided, and experienced teachers help new ones get started.
Sample Lesson Topics
Newcomers to our country face daily struggles in communicating, finding jobs, looking for a place to live, and learning a new culture. In our ESL lessons, we incorporate the following materials and topics:
- Reading newspapers, magazines, food labels, etc.
- Filling out a job application.
- Interpreting street signs, warnings, maps.
- Calling for help.
- Listening to the news.
- Asking for directions and information.
- Making appointments.
- Going places: library, museum, supermarket, restaurant.
- Paying bills.
- Using a computer.
- Anything from our daily life can be a lesson.
Our volunteers come from all walks of life and a variety of occupations:
- Division Manager
- Graphic Designer
- Project Manager
- Senior Executive
- Regional Administrator
Our students are primarily working adults, who live in the Cambridge and Boston areas and come from all over the world: