Our Approach

English At Large programs provide a ladder of support to meet the needs of local English language learners, to provide an accessible pathway to knowledge and understanding that helps them achieve their potential and engage fully in life in the United States.

Our Approach to Learning

EAL programs help learners gain the skills and confidence they need to move forward in their new lives in the United States.  Some of our learners strive to join the workforce to provide for their families; others seek to navigate the American education system for themselves or their children.  Newcomers need language and cultural knowledge in order to communicate with their doctor, at the bank, or in a store.

Our approach to learning goes beyond teaching English.  While knowing the language is a vital step in adapting to this new life, it is but the first step toward achieving life goals.  EAL programs connect newcomers with volunteers who are active members of their community, and who generously share their life experience with their learners. Volunteers and learners develop trusting relationships that create a fruitful climate for learning.  As newcomers undergo the process of adjusting to a new culture, English At Large learner programs can open gateways to understanding and achievement, and promote stronger, more inclusive communities.

Our Approach to Tutoring

Every English At Large learner has unique personal and language objectives.  Our tutors provide individualized instruction, guidance, and support to help learners reach their goals.

Most EAL tutors are not ESL teachers; they are members of the community who are passionate about imparting their cultural knowledge and life experience to help newcomers acclimate.

EAL tutors are trained in the Language Experience Approach (LEA), a learner-centered teaching method and diagnostic tool which provides a starting point for language and cultural instruction. The learner is given a speaking prompt, and the tutor transcribes the response, word for word.  This learner-generated text contains context and vocabulary that is familiar and relevant to the learner.  The text can then be used for a variety of learning activities, and provides opportunities for side-by-side development of the four language skills:  speaking, listening, reading and writing.

EAL tutors employ a variety of other teaching tools, including textbooks, internet resources, and real-life materials, such as PTA newsletters, employee handbooks, citizenship exam questions, and workplace communication documents.

Tutors have full access to the English At Large resource library, as well as the free professional development workshops offered through EAL and the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education.

Learner Success

By improving their knowledge of English and U.S. Culture, English At Large learners have been able to:

  • secure a job or advance their career
  • enroll in college or university
  • improve family communication
  • become active at their child’s school
  • volunteer  in their community
  • learn how to use public transportation
  • vote in an election
  • pass the U.S. Citizenship exam

 

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800 West Cummings Park, Suite 5550
Woburn, MA 01801
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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

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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!

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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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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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