Our Approach

English At Large programs provide a ladder of support to meet the needs of local English language learners. Our volunteer-delivered services create an accessible pathway to knowledge and understanding for our learners, empowering them to join in their communities and to achieve their life goals.

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 just 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 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 receive ongoing encouragement and support from EAL staff, and have full access to the English At Large Resource Library. Professional development, offered by EAL staff and through our partnerships with other providers and the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education, helps ensure that our tutors have the resources they need to support their learners’ success.

Learner Success

Our learners seek to improve their understanding of English language and U.S. Culture in order 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

 

English At Large

800 West Cummings Park, Suite 5550
Woburn, MA 01801
tel : 781.395.2374
email : info@englishatlarge.org

Leadership Support Provided by

 

 

Like us on Facebook

Comments Box SVG iconsUsed for the like, share, comment, and reaction icons

English Learners! Today's lessons from Bob the Canadian will help you understand how to describe and compare things in English! We hope this makes you feel as happy as a clam! ... See MoreSee Less

Video image

0 CommentsComment on Facebook

English Learners! Today is Marathon Monday -the day thousands of runners come to Massachusetts to run the Boston Marathon! Today's lesson from Nick's English is based on the true story of the first woman to run this historic race -and made history! ... See MoreSee Less

Video image

0 CommentsComment on Facebook

English Learners! Learn 10 other words for happy that native speakers use all the time with this video lesson from Robert Teaches English! ... See MoreSee Less

Video image

0 CommentsComment on Facebook

English At Large is hiring! Join us as our new Programs & Database Manager and make a difference for local immigrants in your community! www.englishatlarge.org/wp-content/uploads/2024/03/Job-Post-Programs-and-Database-Manager-2024.pdf ... See MoreSee Less

English At Large is hiring! Join us as our new Programs & Database Manager and make a difference for local immigrants in your community! https://www.englishatlarge.org/wp-content/uploads/2024/03/Job-Post-Programs-and-Database-Manager-2024.pdf

English Learners! How are you? How's it going? What's up? Today's video lesson will help you understand how to answer these common greetings! Have a great day! ... See MoreSee Less

Video image

0 CommentsComment on Facebook

Do you have a passion for community service? Are you organized with strong tech skills? You could be our new Programs & Database Manager! Join the staff at English At Large! www.englishatlarge.org/wp-content/uploads/2024/03/Job-Post-Programs-and-Database-Manager-2024.pdf ... See MoreSee Less

Do you have a passion for community service? Are you organized with strong tech skills? You could be our new Programs & Database Manager! Join the staff at English At Large! https://www.englishatlarge.org/wp-content/uploads/2024/03/Job-Post-Programs-and-Database-Manager-2024.pdf

English Learners! Today's idioms will have you singing a different tune and may be music to your ears! ... See MoreSee Less

English Learners! Todays idioms will have you singing a different tune and may be music to your ears!

English Learners! We are hosting an Open House at the Waltham Public Library! Stop by on Wednesday, May 1st to receive information and register for free local programs! ... See MoreSee Less

English Learners! We are hosting an Open House at the Waltham Public Library! Stop by on Wednesday, May 1st to receive information and register for free local programs!

English Learners! Watching television is a great way to build your English vocabulary! Today's video includes a lesson on common phrasal verbs using clips from the popular show "Modern Family". Enjoy! ... See MoreSee Less

Video image

0 CommentsComment on Facebook

English Learners! We may finally get some nice spring weather this week! Enjoy this video lesson from Bob the Canadian hosted outside on a Beautiful Spring Day! ... See MoreSee Less

Video image

0 CommentsComment on Facebook

Did you hear? English At Large is hiring! You could be our new Programs & Database Manager! www.englishatlarge.org/wp-content/uploads/2024/03/Job-Post-Programs-and-Database-Manager-2024.pdf ... See MoreSee Less

Did you hear? English At Large is hiring! You could be our new Programs & Database Manager! https://www.englishatlarge.org/wp-content/uploads/2024/03/Job-Post-Programs-and-Database-Manager-2024.pdf

English Learners! Welcome to this Irregular Verbs Quiz! Test your knowledge of irregular verbs with this engaging quiz featuring 10 challenging questions. ... See MoreSee Less

Video image

0 CommentsComment on Facebook

English Learners! Are you a morning person? Today's video lesson from Bob the Canadian will help you learn some common English phrases to talk about the morning! ... See MoreSee Less

Video image

0 CommentsComment on Facebook

Program Alert: today’s Career Access Lab Class is meeting on Zoom. Learners, please check your email for the link! ... See MoreSee Less

English Learners! People in Greater Boston love local sports and there's lots going on with our local teams! Today's list of idioms make the cut and will get the ball rolling in helping you understand some common idioms all about sports! ... See MoreSee Less

English Learners! People in Greater Boston love local sports and theres lots going on with our local teams! Todays list of idioms make the cut and will get the ball rolling in helping you understand some common idioms all about sports!

English At Large is hiring! Are you an organized self-starter with great people and tech skills? You could be our next Programs & Database Manager! Learn more about this important role and how to apply here: www.englishatlarge.org/wp-content/uploads/2024/03/Job-Post-Programs-and-Database-Manager-2024.pdf ... See MoreSee Less

English At Large is hiring! Are you an organized self-starter with great people and tech skills? You could be our next Programs & Database Manager! Learn more about this important role and how to apply here: https://www.englishatlarge.org/wp-content/uploads/2024/03/Job-Post-Programs-and-Database-Manager-2024.pdf

English Learners! Today is April 1st, often called April Fool's Day! What is this day all about? Today's video will tell you about this day full of pranks and jokes: ... See MoreSee Less

Video image

0 CommentsComment on Facebook

English Learners! In the United States, Easter is celebrated as a holiday that brings families together and has activities for children that includes a visit from the Easter Bunny. Today's video lesson from EnglishClass101 will share more: ... See MoreSee Less

Video image

0 CommentsComment on Facebook

Load more

 

Subscribe to our newsletter


By submitting this form, you are consenting to receive marketing emails from: English At Large. You can revoke your consent to receive emails at any time by using the SafeUnsubscribe® link, found at the bottom of every email. Emails are serviced by Constant Contact