Community need

Immigrants with low level 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)
  • 16,000 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. (2019 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.

Programs Offered to Local Learners Include:

One-to-One Tutoring
Conversation Groups
Beginner English Classes
Career Access Lab

We also offer programs through our relationships with community partners, including:

Caregiver English
Workplace English

For more information on these programs, please visit our Programs Page.

 

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 learners! How do you answer the question "Tell me about yourself"? Today's video from mmmEnglish will help you introduce yourself with confidence! ow.ly/LKCO50KeQoa ... See MoreSee Less

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We are currently recruiting volunteers to support our Conversation Groups this fall! To learn more about this opportunity, please submit a volunteer inquiry or call our office at 781-395-2374. ... See MoreSee Less

We are currently recruiting volunteers to support our Conversation Groups this fall! To learn more about this opportunity, please submit a volunteer inquiry or call our office at 781-395-2374.
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English Learners! Do you want to learn how to order food at a restaurant in English? In today's video Bob the Canadian will go to 4 restaurants to help you learn 4 different ways to order food in English. ow.ly/QAK950KbJt4 ... See MoreSee Less

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Volunteers needed to serve as facilitators for our fall Conversation Groups! We need volunteers to lead groups in Town of Andover, MA, Boxborough, Massachusetts, Burlington Public Library, Woburn Public Library & Town of Reading, MA! Learn more here: ow.ly/KR1l50KaZBE ... See MoreSee Less

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We are honored and grateful to receive a $20,000 donation from the Cummings Foundation through their Make a Difference Dollars (MAD$) Program! Special thanks to site visit volunteers Justin, Mary Anne and Carol, for recommending EAL for this generous support! ... See MoreSee Less

We are honored and grateful to receive a $20,000 donation from the Cummings Foundation through their Make a Difference Dollars (MAD$) Program! Special thanks to site visit volunteers Justin, Mary Anne and Carol, for recommending EAL for this generous support!
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English Learners! It is going to be another hot week. A great place to cool off is your local library! Many libraries have special activities planned for people of all ages. Learn more and find your local library here: https://libraries.state.ma.us/
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Free citizenship classes starting in August!Next session of the free citizenship class starts on August 8th Monday! Apply today to get your seat: www.qariusa.org/class-registration

The citizenship program is a partnership between Quincy Asian Resources, Inc. and Project Citizenship. It is offered with no cost and comes with free application services. You will learn about naturalization process, US history and civics, English skills, and test preparation.

- Complete the form to be considered for enrollment: www.qariusa.org/class-registration. Staff will contact you after receiving this form to confirm your eligibility and English level.

- For any questions, please call 617-472-2200 or email to info@quincyasianresources.org
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