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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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!

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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

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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

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

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

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Day 2 of #MassMeetYourNeighbors Spotlight on: Natalya, English At Large Volunteer Follow us on instagram for the full interview: https://www.instagram.com/naip_americorps/ Find out more about NAIP at: http://miracoalition.org/americorps #MAIsOurHome #NAIP #AmeriCorps #EnglishatLarge #Massachusetts ... See MoreSee Less

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Across cultures and across generations, it's fun to share experiences! We recently introduced our summer interns to the joys of packaged snack cakes. The reviews were mixed! #twinkies #hostess ... See MoreSee Less

Across cultures and across generations, its fun to share experiences!  We recently introduced our summer interns to the joys of packaged snack cakes.  The reviews were mixed!    #twinkies #hostess

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Happening now: CAL mock interview event. Learners are getting ready for their in-person interviews. ... See MoreSee Less

Happening now:  CAL mock interview event. Learners are getting ready for their in-person interviews.

1 week ago

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Thank you Concord-Carlisle Community Chest for investing in the potential of local immigrants. This $4,000 grant will help us continue to offer high-quality free programs to those who need them most. We are proud to partner with you in service to the community. ... See MoreSee Less

Thank you Concord-Carlisle Community Chest for investing in the potential of local immigrants.  This $4,000 grant will help us continue to offer high-quality free programs to those who need them most.  We are proud to partner with you in service to the community.

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This video debuted at our 2019 Graduation event! Special thanks to our tutors and learners for sharing their messages with us. youtu.be/9cjJne9J-zY ... See MoreSee Less

This video debuted at our 2019 Graduation event!  Special thanks to our tutors and learners for sharing their messages with us.  https://youtu.be/9cjJne9J-zY

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Congratulations to our Tutoring Learner Graduates, with thanks for the service of their volunteer tutors.
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Congratulations to our Tutoring Learner Graduates, with thanks for the service of their volunteer tutors.  
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This evening we will celebrate the achievements of 50 local immigrants who have advanced their knowledge of English and made progress towards their life goals as learners in our Tutoring Program. We are grateful for the commitment and community spirit of their volunteer tutors who serve as teachers, friends and mentors. Congratulations to all! ... See MoreSee Less

This evening we will celebrate the achievements of 50 local immigrants who have advanced their knowledge of English and made progress towards their life goals as learners in our Tutoring Program.  We are grateful for the commitment and community spirit of their volunteer tutors who serve as teachers, friends and mentors.  Congratulations to all!

2 weeks ago

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So excited for our 2nd Annual Learner Graduation event tomorrow evening at the Lexington Historic Depot! Special thanks to Rockland Trust and especially #Woburn branch manager Mauricio Burgos-Lemus for supporting the event and the success of our learners! ... See MoreSee Less

So excited for our 2nd Annual Learner Graduation event tomorrow evening at the Lexington Historic Depot!  Special thanks to Rockland Trust and especially #Woburn branch manager Mauricio Burgos-Lemus for supporting the event and the success of our learners!

2 weeks ago

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We are so excited to welcome Jay, Gia and Natalia as our summer interns! They will be co-facilitating a summer Conversation Group and helping us with several projects in the office. Thank you for volunteering your time to support EAL! ... See MoreSee Less

We are so excited to welcome Jay, Gia and Natalia as our summer interns!  They will be co-facilitating a summer Conversation Group and helping us with several projects in the office.  Thank you for volunteering your time to support EAL!

4 weeks ago

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Congratulations to our partner the The Lenny Zakim Fund and thanks to the Cummings Foundation for investing in their very important work! #100kfor100 #socialjustice Woo-hoo!!We were granted $100K!!! Woohoo!! We couldn't be more excited to be partnered with Cummings Foundation as a part of their #100Kfor100 program. Thank you!! ... See MoreSee Less

Congratulations to our partner the The Lenny Zakim Fund and thanks to the Cummings Foundation for investing in their very important work!  #100kfor100 #socialjustice Woo-hoo!!

4 weeks ago

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More pictures from our successful resume review event at the Woburn Public Library last night! Learn more about our Career Access Lab here: www.englishatlarge.org/career-readiness/ ... See MoreSee Less

More pictures from our successful resume review event at the Woburn Public Library last night!  Learn more about our Career Access Lab here: http://www.englishatlarge.org/career-readiness/Image attachmentImage attachment

1 month ago

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Happening now: CAL resume review event! Thank you Woburn Public Library and our volunteers for supporting local immigrants as they enter the US workforce! ... See MoreSee Less

Happening now:  CAL resume review event!  Thank you Woburn Public Library and our volunteers for supporting local immigrants as they enter the US workforce!

 

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1 month ago

English At Large

Registration is now open for our summer book groups! This year, these volunteer-led groups will be reading and discussing short stories. Thank you Billerica Public Library, Robbins Library, Acton Public Library and Cary Memorial Library for partnering with us and hosting this year's groups. Learners, register here: www.englishatlarge.org/book-group/ ... See MoreSee Less

Registration is now open for our summer book groups!  This year, these volunteer-led groups will be reading and discussing short stories.  Thank you Billerica Public Library, Robbins Library, Acton Public Library and Cary Memorial Library for partnering with us and hosting this years groups.  Learners, register here:  http://www.englishatlarge.org/book-group/

1 month ago

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Attention Learners and volunteers who live in MetroWest communities: add your voice to this community survey! Taking this survey will help us learn more about the people who live and work in the community.Have you taken the Community Survey yet? Responses are completely anonymous and the data will be used to create Impact MetroWest-a public resource to build awareness & drive change. Fill it out today! It is available: In English: bit.ly/ImpactMW-EN Em Português: bit.ly/FFMW-P En Español: bit.ly/FFMW-SP ... See MoreSee Less

Attention Learners and volunteers who live in MetroWest communities:  add your voice to this community survey!  Taking this survey will help us learn more about the people who live and work in the community.

 

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Thank you so much for boosting the signal! The more data we gather, the better Impact MetroWest will be!

1 month ago

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We were so pleased to get a visit from Jack Good of People's United Bank who stopped by to deliver a $2,500 grant award from the People's United Bank Charitable Foundation! Thank you for supporting life-changing services for local immigrants across our shared service area! ... See MoreSee Less

We were so pleased to get a visit from Jack Good of  Peoples United Bank who stopped by to deliver a $2,500 grant award from the Peoples United Bank Charitable Foundation!  Thank you for supporting life-changing services for local immigrants across our shared service area!

1 month ago

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