Community need

Immigrants and refugees without English skills cannot begin the process of moving forward in their new life in the United States.

In Massachusetts:

  • More than 600,000 residents are foreign born; 1 in 6 adults is an immigrant or refugee.
  • More than 250,000 do not speak English well enough to secure work or engage in community life. (Migration Policy Institute)
  • 10,000 remain on waitlists for free or sliding-fee programs, some for as long as 2 years. (The Boston Foundation)

In our Service Area:

  • 130,000 people, 26% of the total population in Middlesex County, are non-English speakers. (2015 American Community Survey)
  • Less than 10% of these adults are enrolled in programs to help them learn English. (The Boston Foundation)

These people do not have the English language skills they need to move forward with their lives.

They face the following barriers to reaching their personal and professional goals:

  • Difficulty obtaining employment, promotions, and/or raises
  • Not able to support their children in school and/or advocate on their behalf
  • Challenged to access community resources and services
  • Unable to communicate with physicians and/or mental health providers
  • Unprepared to take the U.S. Citizenship Exam (which is administered in English)
  • Isolated and not involved in the local community

English language instruction is key to overcoming these challenges. 

English At Large is the only organization in our service area that provides free one-to-one and small group English language instruction.  For many adults who want to learn English and struggle to learn in large, classroom-based settings we are their only option.

 

English At Large

800 West Cummings Park, Suite 5550
Woburn, MA 01801
tel : 781.395.2374
email : info@englishatlarge.org

We thank our sponsors

100k-for-100

Follow us on Twitter

#Thankyou to our state reps who answered the call to support Amendment #1254 for EAL! Thank you @richhaggerty @mciccolo @seangarballeyMA @RepKenGordon @Rep_Robertson @RepBradJones @mikeday4rep @TamiGouveiaMA @RepStanley for your actions to protect local services!

Excited and grateful to receive a #SustainingGrant from the @cummingsdotcom Foundation! Thank you for being a partner in helping local #immigrants reach their full potential and achieve their life goals!

Image for the Tweet beginning: Excited and grateful to receive
Image for the Tweet beginning: Excited and grateful to receive

Help protect life-changing services for local immigrants! Call your state rep to support Amendment #1254 for English At Large! Call script and rep contact list here: https://t.co/ZWp4088cf4

Image for the Tweet beginning: Help protect life-changing services for

EAL Conversation Group facilitators lead groups for intermediate speakers, helping them build confidence and understanding. #Thankyou for creating safe spaces for learners to practice their English, build networks, and learn more about life in the U.S. #volunteerweek

Image for the Tweet beginning: EAL Conversation Group facilitators lead
Image for the Tweet beginning: EAL Conversation Group facilitators lead
Image for the Tweet beginning: EAL Conversation Group facilitators lead

We have to #thank the hundreds of local #volunteers who serve with #community #nonprofits that provide critical funding to support our programs! #Thankyou for inspiring the #philanthropy that makes our work possible! @TheZakimFund @cccchest @abunitedway @FFMW #volunteerweek

Image for the Tweet beginning: We have to #thank the
Image for the Tweet beginning: We have to #thank the

EAL Volunteer tutors serve 150 learners each year and provide more than 4,000 hours of service. #Thankyou for empowering your learners to achieve their life goals! #volunteerweek #makeadifference #learningbuildscommunity #lifechanging

Image for the Tweet beginning: EAL Volunteer tutors serve 150
Image for the Tweet beginning: EAL Volunteer tutors serve 150

Our Career Access Lab Program supports highly-skilled immigrants in their job search. #Thankyou CAL volunteers, for helping our learners reach their career goals! #volunteerweek #makeadifference #sharingskills

Image for the Tweet beginning: Our Career Access Lab Program
Image for the Tweet beginning: Our Career Access Lab Program

Our volunteer interns help us plan and run programs and training events and work on special projects. #Thankyou for helping us promote our services and to engage others in our work! #community #interns #volunteerweek

Image for the Tweet beginning: Our volunteer interns help us
Image for the Tweet beginning: Our volunteer interns help us

Our volunteer board helps guide our mission and works to raise funds to support our services. #Thankyou for your leadership and service! #volunteerweek #makeadifference

Image for the Tweet beginning: Our volunteer board helps guide

Did you know that students at #Tufts University volunteer with English At Large as teachers in our Beginner English Program? Thank you for helping local immigrants learn the words they need in daily life! #volunteerweek #learningbuildscommunity

Image for the Tweet beginning: Did you know that students
Image for the Tweet beginning: Did you know that students

Conversation Starters: News You Need to Hear from English At Large! https://t.co/Hud0gTjSDY

Image for the Tweet beginning: Conversation Starters:  News You

Today’s mock interview event was a great success! Thank you #volunteers for helping our learners build confidence and enter the US workforce

Image for the Tweet beginning: Today’s mock interview event was
Image for the Tweet beginning: Today’s mock interview event was

Time is Running Out! You Have Just Hours Left to Bid High for Community Services https://t.co/0uS7E4ZbPd

Image for the Tweet beginning: Time is Running Out!

We are heading into the final stretch of our online auction! You have just 24 hours left to make your winning bid and support local services! https://t.co/DUiIq3QVas

Image for the Tweet beginning: We are heading into the

A notice to our volunteers and learners: many of our partner libraries are closing tomorrow due to the #winterstorm. Please check before traveling to attend programs. #BeSafe

"This banquet of writing is a triumphant celebration of American multiplicity." Pick up #TheGoodImmigrant for 26 unique and powerful perspectives on the immigrant experience: @washingtonpost #ReadAcrossAmericaDay

Pay tribute to those who serve and support local immigrants! This #StandsWithImmigrants print celebrates @EvaMillona @MIRACoalition and @TheZakimFund Your #HighBid supports local services! https://t.co/aEBq53bGRV

Image for the Tweet beginning: Pay tribute to those who

Our Auction closes in less than 24 hours! Did you set your max bids? Make sure you don't get outbid on your must-have items! #BidNow #BidHigh https://t.co/CWCN64Fj2j

Image for the Tweet beginning: Our Auction closes in less
Load More...

 

Join us on Facebook

 

15 hours ago

English At Large

More pictures from our successful CAL Networking event! Big thanks to our wonderful volunteers and to Waltham Public Library for supporting these learners as they enter the US workforce! ... See MoreSee Less

1 day ago

English At Large

Happening now: Career Access Lab (CAL) learners are practicing their elevator pitches at our annual networking event! ... See MoreSee Less

Happening now:  Career Access Lab (CAL) learners are practicing their elevator pitches at our annual networking event!Image attachment

2 days ago

English At Large

Thank you Reps Rich Haggerty Michelle Ciccolo Sean Garballey Ken Gordon Brad Jones Tami Gouveia, State Representative-Elect, 14th Middlesex State Representative Michael Day and Reps. David Robertson, and Thomas Stanley for supporting Amendment #1254 for English At Large! ... See MoreSee Less

Thank you Reps Rich Haggerty Michelle Ciccolo Sean Garballey Ken Gordon Brad Jones Tami Gouveia, State Representative-Elect, 14th Middlesex State Representative Michael Day  and Reps. David Robertson, and Thomas Stanley for supporting Amendment #1254 for English At Large!

3 days ago

English At Large

So so excited, proud and grateful to receive a #SustainingGrant from the Cummings Foundation! For us, this truly is a sustaining gift - one that will ensure that EAL services remain available in local communities to those who need them most! Thank you Cummings Foundation for keeping the good going!! ... See MoreSee Less

So so excited, proud and grateful to receive a #SustainingGrant from the Cummings Foundation!  For us, this truly is a sustaining gift - one that will ensure that EAL services remain available in local communities to those who need them most!  Thank you Cummings Foundation for keeping the good going!!Image attachmentImage attachment

 

Comment on Facebook

Congratulations! Wonderful to see you all recognized for the special work you do!!

We're so appreciative of your work -- congrats!

Wonderful news!

Congratulations!

3 days ago

English At Large

Our New American Integration Program AmeriCorps Member also serves at local citizenship clinics throughout the year! Thank you Na'tisha for your service! Thank you Project Citizenship for addressing this important need in our community! ... See MoreSee Less

Our New American Integration Program AmeriCorps Member also serves at local citizenship clinics throughout the year!  Thank you Natisha for your service!  Thank you Project Citizenship for addressing this important need in our community!

4 days ago

English At Large

Attention English At Large Supporters: Take Action Now to Protect Life Changing Services in Your Community!
Call Your State Representative Now to Support Amendment #1254 to support English At Large! Call script and state rep contact information can be found here:
www.englishatlarge.org/wp-content/uploads/2019/04/EAL-Call-To-Action-April-2019.pdf
... See MoreSee Less

Attention English At Large Supporters:  Take Action Now to Protect Life Changing Services in Your Community! 
Call Your State Representative Now to Support Amendment #1254 to support English At Large! Call script and state rep contact information can be found here: 
 http://www.englishatlarge.org/wp-content/uploads/2019/04/EAL-Call-To-Action-April-2019.pdf

5 days ago

English At Large

Our partner libraries are closed Monday, but EAL offices are open! ... See MoreSee Less

Our partner libraries are closed Monday, but EAL offices are open!

7 days ago

English At Large

Happening now: Our Volunteer Appreciation Event! #weloveourvolunteers ... See MoreSee Less

1 week ago

English At Large

EAL Conversation Group facilitators lead groups for intermediate speakers, helping them build confidence and understanding. #Thankyou for creating safe spaces for learners to practice their English, build networks, and learn more about life in the U.S. #volunteerweek ... See MoreSee Less

EAL Conversation Group facilitators lead groups for intermediate speakers, helping them build confidence and understanding. #Thankyou for creating safe spaces for learners to practice their English, build networks, and learn more about life in the U.S. #volunteerweekImage attachmentImage attachment

 

Comment on Facebook

I will be happy to help you guys.🙂

1 week ago

English At Large

We have to #thank the hundreds of local #volunteers who serve with #community #nonprofits that provide critical funding to support our programs! #Thankyou for inspiring the #philanthropy that makes our work possible! The Lenny Zakim Fund CC Community Chest AB United Way Foundation MetroWest #volunteerweek ... See MoreSee Less

We have to #thank the hundreds of local #volunteers who serve with #community #nonprofits that provide critical funding to support our programs! #Thankyou for inspiring the #philanthropy that makes our work possible! The Lenny Zakim Fund CC Community Chest AB United Way Foundation MetroWest #volunteerweekImage attachment

1 week ago

English At Large

The Ymca International Leaning Center and the Woburn Public Library are teaming up to offer free Citizenship Classes! For more information or to register email woburn@ymcaboston.orgThe YMCA ILC and the Woburn Public Library are joining together to present Free Citizenship Classes starting Saturday, April 27 at the Woburn Public Library! To register or for more information call 781.935.6499 or email international-woburn@ymcaboston.org ... See MoreSee Less

The Ymca International Leaning Center and the Woburn Public Library are teaming up to offer free Citizenship Classes!  For more information or to register email woburn@ymcaboston.orgImage attachment

1 week ago

English At Large

EAL Volunteer tutors serve 150 learners each year and provide more than 4,000 hours of service. #Thankyou for empowering your learners to achieve their life goals! #volunteerweek #makeadifference #learningbuildscommunity #lifechanging ... See MoreSee Less

EAL Volunteer tutors serve 150 learners each year and provide more than 4,000 hours of service. #Thankyou for empowering your learners to achieve their life goals! #volunteerweek #makeadifference #learningbuildscommunity #lifechangingImage attachment

1 week ago

English At Large

Our Career Access Lab Program supports highly-skilled immigrants in their job search. #Thankyou CAL volunteers, for helping our learners reach their career goals! #volunteerweek #makeadifference #sharingskills ... See MoreSee Less

Our Career Access Lab Program supports highly-skilled immigrants in their job search.  #Thankyou CAL volunteers, for helping our learners reach their career goals!  #volunteerweek #makeadifference #sharingskillsImage attachment

2 weeks ago

English At Large

Our volunteer interns help us plan and run programs and training events and work on special projects. #Thankyou for helping us promote our services and to engage others in our work! #community #interns #volunteerweek ... See MoreSee Less

Our volunteer interns help us plan and run programs and training events and work on special projects.  #Thankyou for helping us promote our services and to engage others in our work!  #community #interns #volunteerweekImage attachment

 

Comment on Facebook

I will be happy to help you.

2 weeks ago

English At Large

Our volunteer board helps guide our mission and works to raise funds to support our services. #Thankyou for your leadership and service! #volunteerweek #makeadifference ... See MoreSee Less

Our volunteer board helps guide our mission and works to raise funds to support our services.  #Thankyou for your leadership and service! #volunteerweek #makeadifference

 

Comment on Facebook

Miss you guys! Keep up the great work.

2 weeks ago

English At Large

Did you know that students at Tufts University volunteer with English At Large as teachers in our Beginner English Program? Thank you for helping local immigrants learn the words they need in daily life! #volunteerweek #learningbuildscommunity ... See MoreSee Less

Did you know that students at Tufts University volunteer with English At Large as teachers in our Beginner English Program?  Thank you for helping local immigrants learn the words they need in daily life! #volunteerweek #learningbuildscommunityImage attachment

2 weeks ago

English At Large

Ready to make a difference for local immigrants as they launch their career? Join us at our upcoming networking event and meet our CAL learners! ... See MoreSee Less

Ready to make a difference for local immigrants as they launch their career?  Join us at our upcoming networking event and meet our CAL learners!

2 weeks ago

English At Large

... See MoreSee Less

3 weeks ago

English At Large

We were treated today to a tour of the brand new Woburn Public Library! Volunteers and Learners take note- This beautiful building offers great space for tutoring sessions and small group meetings, as well as books, laptops and more! The staff are friendly and accessible, so be sure to check out this amazing community resource. ... See MoreSee Less

4 weeks ago

English At Large

Happening now: Career Access Lab Mock Interview event. Many thanks to our volunteers! Your feedback and support helps our learners build confidence and secure their dream job in the US! ... See MoreSee Less

Happening now:  Career Access Lab Mock Interview event. Many thanks to our volunteers! Your feedback and support helps our learners build confidence and secure their dream job in the US!Image attachment
Load more

Subscribe to our newsletter


By submitting this form, you are consenting to receive marketing emails from: English At Large, 800 West Cummings Park, Woburn, MA, 01801, http://www.englishatlarge.org. You can revoke your consent to receive emails at any time by using the SafeUnsubscribe® link, found at the bottom of every email. Emails are serviced by Constant Contact