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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Bev runs a Conversation Group with partner Bonnie and encourages others to volunteer. "You will learn a great deal and be given a sense that what you are doing is valuable and contributing to your community." #Volunteers help make our communities strong and welcoming to all! ... See MoreSee Less

Bev runs a Conversation Group with partner Bonnie and encourages others to volunteer. You will learn a great deal and be given a sense that what you are doing is valuable and contributing to your community. #Volunteers help make our communities strong and welcoming to all!

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Tufts University student Alejandro was inspired to volunteer by his parents, Mexican immigrants who made him realize how hard it is to live in another country and learn a new language. I know that even learning a couple words can open up so many opportunities. #thankyou

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Tufts University student and volunteer Beginner English teacher Ashwini tells other students, "Don’t be afraid to try it out. It’s a great opportunity to make a huge difference in people’s lives. You make connections with your students and learn a lot from them too." #thankyou ... See MoreSee Less

Tufts University student and volunteer Beginner English teacher Ashwini tells other students, Don’t be afraid to try it out. It’s a great opportunity to make a huge difference in people’s lives. You make connections with your students and learn a lot from them too. #thankyou

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We partner with Tufts University to engage students as teachers of Beginner English. As a volunteer teacher, Luke was surprised by how enthusiastic the students are to come learn and attend classes twice a week; they are ready to learn! Thank you for #makingadifference! ... See MoreSee Less

We partner with Tufts University to engage students as teachers of Beginner English. As a volunteer teacher, Luke was surprised by how enthusiastic the students are to come learn and attend classes twice a week; they are ready to learn! Thank you for #makingadifference!

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"The promise of EAL is that learners can go to a restaurant or a shop, or to speak with their child’s teacher and feel comfortable communicating. Being able to contribute in these other ways has enriched my life and I’ve made new friends." Vicki, Conversation Group Leader ... See MoreSee Less

The promise of EAL is that learners can go to a restaurant or a shop, or to speak with their child’s teacher and feel comfortable communicating. Being able to contribute in these other ways has enriched my life and I’ve made new friends. Vicki, Conversation Group Leader

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English At Large

Jim, an EAL tutor has great advice for anyone thinking about volunteer service: “Do it! You’ll be thrilled you did it!” Our volunteers deliver more than 6,000 hours of service each year and help hundreds of English learners working to achieve their life goals! #awesome ... See MoreSee Less

Jim, an EAL tutor has great advice for anyone thinking about volunteer service: “Do it! You’ll be thrilled you did it!”  Our volunteers deliver more than 6,000 hours of service each year and help hundreds of English learners working to achieve their life goals! #awesome

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EAL volunteer Ginger enjoys learning about the immigrant community and finds it rewarding to meet people from all over the world who are excited to be in the U.S. She feels that she is truly helping her neighbors. Thank you for helping local immigrants feel welcome! ... See MoreSee Less

EAL volunteer Ginger enjoys learning about the immigrant community and finds it rewarding to meet people from all over the world who are excited to be in the U.S. She feels that she is truly helping her neighbors. Thank you for helping local immigrants feel welcome!

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Jeri loves to volunteer with EAL because the students are so eager to learn! Jeri and her daughter Abby now co-lead a conversation group, and enjoyed dressing up for Halloween with their learners. Thank you both for your service! ... See MoreSee Less

Jeri loves to volunteer with EAL because the students are so eager to learn!  Jeri and her daughter Abby now co-lead a conversation group, and enjoyed dressing up for Halloween with their learners. Thank you both for your service!

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Announcing the 2018 Volunteer Raffle! EAL Volunteers, your commitment and service have earned you the respect and gratitude of your learners and of your community - AND a chance to win one of four great prizes! Winners will be announced throughout the week... ... See MoreSee Less

Announcing the 2018 Volunteer Raffle!  EAL Volunteers, your commitment and service have earned you the respect and gratitude of your learners and of your community - AND a chance to win one of four great prizes!  Winners will be announced throughout the week...
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