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! In today's lesson from Bob the Canadian, you will learn how to form a sentence to talk about things that happened in the past using the words "used to" and "would". (And you don't even need to conjugate the verbs). Wow! ow.ly/v0Ck50LSENY ... See MoreSee Less

English learners! In todays lesson from Bob the Canadian, you will learn how to form a sentence to talk about things that happened in the past using the words used to and would. (And you dont even need to conjugate the verbs). Wow! http://ow.ly/v0Ck50LSENY
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English learners! What does it mean to "Tie up loose ends"? Find out in today's video lesson from VOA's English in a Minute! ow.ly/1EYJ50LSCsV ... See MoreSee Less

English learners! What does it mean to Tie up loose ends? Find out in todays video lesson from VOAs English in a Minute! http://ow.ly/1EYJ50LSCsV
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English learners! Come rain or come shine, we will continue to help you understand English! Here are a few expressions to save for a rainy day! ... See MoreSee Less

English learners! Come rain or come shine, we will continue to help you understand English! Here are a few expressions to save for a rainy day!
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English Learners! Today we are posting an audio lesson from ELLLO that features Sarah and Todd talking about soup. Listen and read the transcript to expand your cooking vocabulary! ow.ly/1bgR50LP13g ... See MoreSee Less

English Learners! Today we are posting an audio lesson from ELLLO that features Sarah and Todd talking about soup.  Listen and read the transcript to expand your cooking vocabulary! http://ow.ly/1bgR50LP13g
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English learners! ELLLO offers one minute videos with transcripts that feature English learners from around the world answering a basic question. In this video, Gisela from Venezuela answers the question "Is there lots of nature in your area?" Enjoy! ow.ly/vVfW50LP0Mm ... See MoreSee Less

English learners! ELLLO offers one minute videos with transcripts that feature English learners from around the world answering a basic question. In this video, Gisela from Venezuela answers the question Is there lots of nature in your area? Enjoy!  http://ow.ly/vVfW50LP0Mm
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English learners! We hope you enjoy this classic video lesson from Bob the Canadian - Let's Learn English at the Grocery Store! ow.ly/z3IB50LKRp4 ... See MoreSee Less

English learners! We hope you enjoy this classic video lesson from Bob the Canadian - Lets Learn English at the Grocery Store! http://ow.ly/z3IB50LKRp4
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English learners! Be safe this Thanksgiving with these important tips from the USDA! ... See MoreSee Less

English learners! Be safe this Thanksgiving with these important tips from the USDA!
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English learners! This week we celebrate Thanksgiving, a time to join with family and friends to express gratitude and to share what we have with others. This highlight of this holiday is the Thanksgiving dinner. Hungry? Today's idioms are all about food! ... See MoreSee Less

English learners! This week we celebrate Thanksgiving, a time to join with family and friends to express gratitude and to share what we have with others.  This highlight of this holiday is the Thanksgiving dinner. Hungry? Todays idioms are all about food!
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English learners! Where did you grow up? What was your favorite thing to do? Today's lesson from Bob the Canadian talks about his childhood to help you learn how to talk about your childhood. Enjoy! ow.ly/rE5L50LGi3W ... See MoreSee Less

English learners! Where did you grow up? What was your favorite thing to do? Todays lesson from Bob the Canadian talks about his childhood to help you learn how to talk about your childhood. Enjoy! http://ow.ly/rE5L50LGi3W
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English learners! Do you struggle with how to talk about your daily routine? Today's video lesson from Speak English with Vanessa can help. This lesson also includes a free worksheet for this lesson in the comments. Enjoy learning! ow.ly/Ioq250LGhLH ... See MoreSee Less

English learners! Do you struggle with how to talk about your daily routine? Todays video lesson from Speak English with Vanessa can help. This lesson also includes a free worksheet for this lesson in the comments.  Enjoy learning! http://ow.ly/Ioq250LGhLH
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English learners! BRRRRR.... it's cold this week! Some people may say that it is chilly, a bit nippy or freezing! Today's infographic will help you understand these common expressions. Bundle up and stay warm! ... See MoreSee Less

English learners!  BRRRRR.... its cold this week! Some people may say that it is chilly, a bit nippy or freezing! Todays infographic will help you understand these common expressions.  Bundle up and stay warm!
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Shopping for the holiday? It's the perfect time to pick up your new Community Bags at Stop & Shop! Get these great bags at the Reading store and your purchase automatically supports EAL! Shopping at other locations? The tag on each bag gives directions on how to designate EAL! ... See MoreSee Less

Shopping for the holiday? Its the perfect time to pick up your new Community Bags at Stop & Shop! Get these great bags at the Reading store and your purchase automatically supports EAL!  Shopping at other locations? The tag on each bag gives directions on how to designate EAL!
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English learners! Have you ever heard the expression "You do you"? What does this mean? Find out in today's lesson from the BBC's The English We Speak! ow.ly/vK7L50LE3YL ... See MoreSee Less

English learners! Have you ever heard the expression You do you? What does this mean? Find out in todays lesson from the BBCs The English We Speak! http://ow.ly/vK7L50LE3YL
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English learners! Do you plan to do some yard work this weekend? This week's short video lesson from Bob the Canadian will help you understand the nouns and verbs we use when talking about fall yard work! www.youtube.com/watch?v=MJmWOXe1scI ... See MoreSee Less

English learners! Do you plan to do some yard work this weekend? This weeks short video lesson from Bob the Canadian will help you understand the nouns and verbs we use when talking about fall yard work! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MJmWOXe1scI
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Grocery shopping? Don't forget to pick up your community bags at Stop & Shop! Any bags purchased at the Reading location generate a donation of $1 per bag for English At Large! Not shopping in Reading? Get your bags at any location, fill out the tag and designate your donation to EAL! ... See MoreSee Less

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English learners! Do you struggle to understand when to use the words "still" and "yet"? Today's video lesson from VOA Ask a Teacher will help! ow.ly/NsLj50LAeZm ... See MoreSee Less

English learners! Do you struggle to understand when to use the words still and yet? Todays video lesson from VOA Ask a Teacher will help! http://ow.ly/NsLj50LAeZm
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Our afternoon session at today’s Volunteer Development Conference: Second Language Acquisition with Andrea O’Brien begins now! ... See MoreSee Less

Our afternoon session at today’s Volunteer Development Conference: Second Language Acquisition with Andrea O’Brien begins now!
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