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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EAL offices are closed today, due to the winter storm. Weather permitting, we will reopen on Friday, January 5th. Be safe out there!

EAL EVENTS VOLUNTEERS represent EAL at important activities including volunteer appreciation and training events. We are so pleased to have such wonderful volunteers in this new role, and happy to have them in the EAL community.

COMMITTEE MEMBERS are an integral part of EAL's program planning, marketing, and resource development. We are a volunteer organization, and we greatly value -- and need! --- direct input from our volunteers.

OFFICE VOLUNTEERS, who in 2017 provided more than 250 hours of office support for EAL staff. Our office volunteers, without a lot of fanfare, helped staff with projects, waitlist management, mailings, database management and events.

BOOK GROUP DISCUSSION LEADERS provide opportunities for learners to read and discuss English literature. One learner started the program saying he didn't like to read in English. By the end, he not only read the group's book, but all the other books in the author's series!

EAL INTAKE ASSESSORS conduct face-to-face interviews with every learner before they enter the tutoring program. EAL Assessors are highly skilled at putting learners at ease and gathering vital information that gets the tutoring relationship off to a solid start.

EAL TEST ASSESSORS diligently work behind the scenes in the critical role of assessing learners' language progress. In 2017, English At Large assessors tested nearly 90 learners, and EAL staff deeply appreciates their assistance.

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EAL CONVERSATION GROUP FACILITATORS make it possible for a group of learners from diverse backgrounds to form a small community. Learners feel safe as they learn about US culture, and are able to learn from each other as well as from their facilitators.

Thank you to our TUTORS, who provide support, instruction, guidance and friendship to their learners. There is no template for this role: no two tutoring sessions are alike. EAL tutors flexibly instruct and guide their learners, week after week.

EAL Beginner English in Medford and Waltham is taught by volunteer students from Tufts and Brandeis Universities. We are proud to be working with the next generation of community leaders!

Our volunteers embody the spirit of giving all year! The holiday season reminds us how lucky we are to have such wonderful, caring people sharing in our mission and work. This week, we highlight the many volunteer roles that support our high-impact programs.

The Offices of English At Large will be closed Friday, December 22, 2017 through New Year's Day 2018. We will resume normal business hours on Tuesday, January 2, 2018. Happy Holidays!

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EAL EVENTS VOLUNTEERS represent EAL at important activities including volunteer appreciation and training events. We are so pleased to have such wonderful volunteers in this new role, and happy to have them in the EAL community.

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COMMITTEE MEMBERS are an integral part of EALs program planning, marketing, and resource development.  We are a volunteer organization, and we greatly value -- and need! --- direct input from our volunteers.

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BOOK GROUP DISCUSSION LEADERS provide opportunities for learners to read and discuss English literature. One learner started the program saying he didn't like to read in English. By the end, he not only read the group's book, but all the other books in the author's series! ... See MoreSee Less

BOOK GROUP DISCUSSION LEADERS provide opportunities for learners to read and discuss English literature. One learner started the program saying he didnt like to read in English.  By the end, he not only read the groups book, but all the other books in the authors series!
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