skip to content

MIT Women's League

ESL for MIT Service Employees

Founded in 2009, the English as a Second Language (ESL) Program for MIT Service Employees has helped non-native speakers improve their English skills in order to build their confidence and be more productive in their jobs. MIT Service employees enrolled in the program are Custodians and Groundskeepers.

In addition to improving their speaking, reading, and writing skills, students prepare for licensing exams related to their jobs, the U.S. Citizenship test, and the General Educational Development (GED)/Adult Diploma Program (ADP).

The ESL Program was championed from the start by John Di Fava, Director of Campus Services with oversight for MIT Facilities and Grounds employees, and supported by the Women's League. With Women's League members, MIT employees and graduate students volunteering as tutors, the ESL program has become a growing service endeavor. Since the beginning of the program, 52 employees have received tutoring.

In October 2014, the program moved into MIT's Human Resources Department. The program is evaluated on a regular basis to keep it dynamic and to ensure the needs of the MIT employees are addressed.

To learn more about the program and/or to participate, visit or contact Nancy Kelly, Coordinator, at