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

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English At Large Offices will be Closed Monday, December 23, 2019 through Wednesday, January 1, 2020. We will reopen Thursday, January 2nd. Happy Holidays!

Registration is ongoing for our Spring Conversation Groups! This program is for intermediate learners who want to practice speaking and listening. https://t.co/wrEEZPJSeA

Your donation keeps services available in local communities that do not have sufficient resources in place to support the needs of English language learners. Donate now to support local services! https://t.co/GmFsx9OdC2

Your donation to English At Large empowers local immigrants to achieve their goals. Our Career Access Lab builds skills and confidence to help learners secure employment and launch their professional careers in the U.S. https://t.co/Sd4bNuyrJX

Your donation to English At Large empowers hundreds of local volunteers to take action to make a difference in your community. Take action today to help build welcoming communities for all people! https://t.co/q0DI6zgW3q

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Our Annual Halloween Party is Sunday 10/27 from 1-4PM. Toe Jam Puppet Band will perform at 1:30, 2:15 & 3:00. We'll also have trick or treating & crafts - so much fun! This is a great opportunity to test out your costume before the big day, but no costume required to participate!

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A reminder that our offices will be closed Monday, September 2 for the Labor Day holiday. We will reopen Tuesday, September 3 at 9 am. Enjoy the holiday weekend!

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3 days ago

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The first cohort of our 2020 CAL Career Groups kicked off yesterday with 15 participants, all ready to advance their career in the United States. Led by our New American Integration Program AmeriCorps member, this 15-week program runs at the Burlington Public Library. Learners and volunteers interested in learning more about the Career Access Lab (CAL) can call Joe at 781-395-2374 or email americorps@englishatlarge.org ... See MoreSee Less

The first cohort of our 2020 CAL Career Groups kicked off yesterday with 15 participants, all ready to advance their career in the United States.  Led by our  New American Integration Program AmeriCorps member, this 15-week program runs at the Burlington Public Library.  Learners and volunteers interested in learning more about the Career Access Lab (CAL) can call Joe at 781-395-2374 or email americorps@englishatlarge.org

6 days ago

English At Large

Congratulations to EAL tutoring learner alumnus Behrouz on achieving his goal of U.S. Citizenship. His volunteer tutor Melissa continued to work with him after leaving the program, and tells us
"I started with Behrouz as a tutor in July 2016. His goals that we worked toward with his English abilities were to get a full-time job, buy a house, and become a US citizen. He has achieved all three of his goals and has come a long way with his skills and confidence."

"I am so proud of him and so privileged to be part of his journey and the mission of English at Large. To see someone work so hard and achieve something that means so much to him is priceless."

Thank you Melissa for your volunteer service, and for sharing this inspiring story!
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Congratulations to EAL tutoring learner alumnus Behrouz on achieving his goal of U.S. Citizenship.  His volunteer tutor Melissa continued to work with him after leaving the program, and tells us 
I started with Behrouz as a tutor in July 2016. His goals that we worked toward with his English abilities were to get a full-time job, buy a house, and become a US citizen. He has achieved all three of his goals and has come a long way with his skills and confidence. 

I am so proud of him and so privileged to be part of his journey and the mission of English at Large. To see someone work so hard and achieve something that means so much to him is priceless. 

Thank you Melissa for your volunteer service, and for sharing this inspiring story!Image attachment

2 weeks ago

English At Large

We held a great meeting this morning to kick off our Strategic Planning Process. We are excited to have the guidance of Pear Associates as we work together to set a path for the future!Held a strategic planning kickoff meeting with English At Large. Excited to be working with this amazing organization that is helping adults to acquire English language skills while building community. ... See MoreSee Less

We held a great meeting this morning to kick off our Strategic Planning Process.  We are excited to have the guidance of Pear Associates as we work together to set a path for the future!

2 weeks ago

English At Large

Do you like to meet new people and learn about different cultures? Volunteers are needed to co-facilitate Conversation Groups in Boxborough, Massachusetts and Waltham, Massachusetts! Interested? Call us at 781-395-2374 or email info@englishatlarge.org ... See MoreSee Less

Do you like to meet new people and learn about different cultures? Volunteers are needed to co-facilitate Conversation Groups in Boxborough, Massachusetts and Waltham, Massachusetts!  Interested?  Call us at 781-395-2374 or email info@englishatlarge.org

4 weeks ago

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Thinking of new office space in 2020? Consider Cummings Properties for location and value, and to support local nonprofits! ... See MoreSee Less

Thinking of new office space in 2020? Consider Cummings Properties for location and value, and to support local nonprofits!

4 weeks ago

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English At Large Offices will be Closed Monday, December 23, 2019 through Wednesday, January 1, 2020. We will reopen Thursday, January 2nd. Happy Holidays! ... See MoreSee Less

English At Large Offices will be Closed Monday, December 23, 2019 through Wednesday, January 1, 2020.  We will reopen Thursday, January 2nd.  Happy Holidays!

4 weeks ago

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Registration is ongoing for our Spring Conversation Groups! This program is for intermediate learners who want to practice speaking and listening. ow.ly/gH2Z50xFbsa ... See MoreSee Less

Registration is ongoing for our Spring Conversation Groups!  This program is for intermediate learners who want to practice speaking and listening. http://ow.ly/gH2Z50xFbsa

1 month ago

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Congratulations to the winners of our Volunteer Appreciation Raffle! Monica Chamberlain, Gabriela Clough, Peter Gimber, Ellenjane Scheiner, Marilyn Pennachio and Lorraine Krugman. We are grateful to you, and all our volunteers, for your wonderful service this year. Special thanks to our generous board members who donated to support the raffle. Happy Holidays! ... See MoreSee Less

1 month ago

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Our Beginner English class, taught by Brandeis University Waltham Group volunteers recently enjoyed a festive holiday party with games to help them improve their English! ... See MoreSee Less

2 months ago

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Does your employer have a matching gift program? Check with your HR Department. You could double the impact of your gift to English At Large! ... See MoreSee Less

Does your employer have a matching gift program? Check with your HR Department. You could double the impact of your gift to English At Large!

2 months ago

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Your donation keeps services available in local communities that do not have sufficient resources in place to support the needs of English language learners. Donate now to support local services! ow.ly/OcGL50xl6rs ... See MoreSee Less

Your donation keeps services available in local communities that do not have sufficient resources in place to support the needs of English language learners.  Donate now to support local services! http://ow.ly/OcGL50xl6rs

2 months ago

English At Large

Your donation to English At Large empowers local immigrants to achieve their goals. Our Career Access Lab builds skills and confidence to help learners secure employment and launch their professional careers in the U.S. ow.ly/VgUV50xl5SF ... See MoreSee Less

Your donation to English At Large empowers local immigrants to achieve their goals. Our Career Access Lab builds skills and confidence to help learners secure employment and launch their professional careers in the U.S. http://ow.ly/VgUV50xl5SF

2 months ago

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Your donation to English At Large empowers hundreds of local volunteers to take action to make a difference in your community. Take action today to help build welcoming communities for all people! ow.ly/8FXl50xl53T ... See MoreSee Less

Your donation to English At Large empowers hundreds of local volunteers to take action to make a difference in your community.  Take action today to help build welcoming communities for all people! http://ow.ly/8FXl50xl53T

2 months ago

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Dear Volunteers, we have made the difficult decision to cancel this evening’s Holiday Appreciation Event. Be safe and stay warm and know that we appreciate everything you do! We will announce a new date for this celebration soon! ... See MoreSee Less

2 months ago

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Another snowy day! A reminder that when Public Schools are closed, most public libraries close as well, cancelling EAL programs. ... See MoreSee Less

Another snowy day! A reminder that when Public Schools are closed, most public libraries close as well, cancelling EAL programs.

2 months ago

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On #GivingTuesday make your donation make a difference for local immigrants on their journey to a better life.  Donate now to English At Large. https://secure.lglforms.com/form_engine/s/iKqG6zIn8AkXyeNM-zsTbg

2 months ago

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Holiday Shopping online this Cyber Monday? Did you know that when you shop at ow.ly/Uhv550xl4oX, AmazonSmile donates to English at Large Inc.? ... See MoreSee Less

Holiday Shopping online this Cyber Monday? Did you know that when you shop at http://ow.ly/Uhv550xl4oX, AmazonSmile donates to English at Large Inc.?

2 months ago

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Dear EAL Volunteers and Learners: Many of our partner libraries may be closed or have a delayed opening. Please check before heading out for program. Be safe and enjoy this first snow of the season! ... See MoreSee Less

Dear EAL Volunteers and Learners:  Many of our partner libraries may be closed or have a delayed opening.  Please check before heading out for program. Be safe and enjoy this first snow of the season!
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