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English At Large offers free one-to-one tutoring and small-group conversation practice. All programs are free and delivered by English At Large volunteers.
English At Large provides free English language tutors to adult English language learners. Learners must live or work within our 21-town service area.
Tutoring occurs in public locations—usually a library—and is guided by learner goals.
Tutors and learners decide onmeeting dates, times, and duration, usually meeting once or twice a week for a total of two to three hours per week.
The English At Large Beginner English classes are for learners who have no prior experience with English. This 8-week class, taught by two co-teachers, meets twice a week for 8 weeks. Classes are 1½ hours long. The first step in an English learner's language journey, this class focuses on basic spoken communication, including: greetings, introductions, vocabulary for people, places and things, time, numbers, and money.
Conversation groups are groups of 8-12 learners who meet on a weekly basis to practice their English speaking skills. Learners improve their speaking confidence and meet other adults who are learning English.
Topics usually covered in conversation groups include American culture and holidays, idioms, casual spoken English, and daily life situations (the bank, the post office, speaking with neighbors, etc.)
English At Large Book Clubs provide opportunities for intermediate to advanced English learners to practice reading, speaking, and writing skills. Groups of 10-12 learners meet with their discussion leader and group each week for 1½ hours, for a 6-week session. Learners do the assigned reading before the meeting, and might also be assigned a different discussion role to prepare for the next meeting. Learner preparation includes 1-2 hours of reading and approximately 30 minutes of discussion role preparation each week.
The Career Access Lab (CAL) provides comprehensive career readiness support, including a career-readiness English language class, introduction to the American workplace culture, resume-writing support, mock interview practice, cover letter writing support, job search resources, referrals, and one-on-one career coaching.
The Career Access Lab offers individual and group career readiness support and professional development events.
Learn more about the Career Access Lab
Some learners are unable to attend our programs because of hectic work schedules or childcare responsibilities. Click on the following link to find some online learning resources that are suitable for independent study.