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

 

English At Large

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

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A reminder that our offices will be closed Monday, September 2 for the Labor Day holiday. We will reopen Tuesday, September 3 at 9 am. Enjoy the holiday weekend!

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It's not too late to support EAL through the @StopandShop Community Bag Program! Purchase a bag at the Woburn store in July or use the tag from a bag purchased at any location to support EAL!

July is almost over! Purchase a $2.50 reusable Community Bag at the @StopandShop store located at 2 Elm Street, Woburn MA before the end of the month and we'll receive a $1 donation! #giveback

Happy #Independence Day! The offices and programs of English At Large are closed today in observance of this national holiday. Have a safe and happy 4th of July!

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Happy July! All month long, go to the @StopandShop located at 2 Elm Street Woburn and purchase a $2.50 reusable Community Bag to send a $1 donation to English At Large! #dogood #giveback

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Beginner English starts this week! Taught by dedicated, enthusiastic student volunteers from Tufts University and Brandeis University, these classes help local immigrants acquire the survival English they need in everyday life. We are proud of this successful partnership that brings a much-needed program to Medford, Massachusetts and Waltham, Massachusetts! ... See MoreSee Less

Beginner English starts this week! Taught by dedicated, enthusiastic student volunteers from Tufts University and Brandeis University, these classes help local immigrants acquire the survival English they need in everyday life.  We are proud of this successful partnership that brings a much-needed program to Medford, Massachusetts and Waltham, Massachusetts!Image attachmentImage attachment

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We are excited to offer a new evening Conversation Group this fall at the Sargent Memorial Library. Thank you for partnering with us to support local immigrants as they increase their speaking confidence! ... See MoreSee Less

We are excited to offer a new evening Conversation Group this fall at the Sargent Memorial Library.  Thank you for partnering with us to support local immigrants as they increase their speaking confidence!
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Will we see you tonight at Josephines Cabaret at Club Cafe?  Come out and support English At Large!

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Learners, this is your chance to attend FREE English classes!

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Joe, our New American Integration Program AmeriCorps member was here this past week, onboarding and getting organized. He will join his fellow members for the next 4 weeks in training to earn his TESOL certification. We look forward to welcoming him back to EAL in October and the opening of our Career Access Lab program! ... See MoreSee Less

Joe, our New American Integration Program AmeriCorps member was here this past week, onboarding and getting organized.  He will join his fellow members for the next 4 weeks in training to earn his TESOL certification.  We look forward to welcoming him back to EAL in October and the opening of our Career Access Lab program!

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Support our local partner En Ka Society at this fun event!

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Did you get your tickets yet? Don't miss your chance to see the fabulous Robin Burrage at the Napoleon Room at Club Cafe, all to benefit English At Large! Get your tickets here: www.clubcafe.com/event/robin-burrage/?instance_id=10317 ... See MoreSee Less

Did you get your tickets yet?  Dont miss your chance to see the fabulous Robin Burrage at the Napoleon Room at Club Cafe, all to benefit English At Large! Get your tickets here: https://www.clubcafe.com/event/robin-burrage/?instance_id=10317

2 months ago

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Who doesn't love a Corn Hole Tournament? We invite the EAL community to support our partner the En Ka Society at this great event on Saturday, September 14th! All proceeds benefit local organizations! ... See MoreSee Less

Who doesnt love a Corn Hole Tournament?  We invite the EAL community to support our partner the En Ka Society at this great event on Saturday, September 14th! All proceeds benefit local organizations!

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A reminder that our offices will be closed Monday, September 2 for the Labor Day holiday. Our offices will reopen Tuesday, September 3 at 9 am. Enjoy the holiday weekend! ... See MoreSee Less

A reminder that our offices will be closed Monday, September 2 for the Labor Day holiday.   Our offices will reopen Tuesday, September 3 at 9 am.  Enjoy the holiday weekend!

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A year of service is a rewarding opportunity that supports local newcomers!*PLEASE SHARE* Time is running out to apply to serve in our AmeriCorps New American Integration Program! Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis until all remaining positions are filled, or until end of September. Opportunities are still available at Action for Boston Community Development, Boston Center for Refugee Health & Human Rights at Boston Medical Center, BEST Hospitality Training, JVS Boston, YMCA International Learning Center and YMCA Training, Inc. Boston.

Submit your application here: bit.ly/applyNAIP
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A year of service is a rewarding opportunity that supports local newcomers!

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Our Fall Conversation Groups are filling up quickly! Register today to secure a spot in a group that fits your schedule! ow.ly/iPbU50vHsE5 ... See MoreSee Less

Our Fall Conversation Groups are filling up quickly!  Register today to secure a spot in a group that fits your schedule!  http://ow.ly/iPbU50vHsE5

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Join us for a fabulous show to benefit English At Large!  Reservations are strongly suggested.
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