Programs

English At Large Brochure  Just as no two learners are alike, English At Large does not have a one-size-fits-all curriculum.  Our learners have different learning styles, different rates of processing information, and varying degrees of comfort when speaking a new language. Each individual learner is unique, so our Tutors and Conversation Group Facilitators are trained to use a variety of teaching approaches to fit their needs.

Our Programs:

One-to-One Tutoring
    English At Large is the only organization in our service area that provides one-to-one English language instruction.  For those who want to learn English but struggle to learn in large classroom settings, or who are challenged to balance multiple work or family obligations, our One-to-One Tutoring Program is their only option. Our learners thrive in a program delivered locally on a schedule that fits their busy lives, and that also offers a rigorous educational experience focused on their individual goals. Our Tutoring Program …
  • supports up to 100 tutor-learner pairs at any given time
  • typically serves 150-160 learners each year.
The one-to-one tutoring relationship utilizes each learner’s strengths as a foundation for addressing his or her individual needs.  The process to pair a tutor and learner takes into consideration availability, geography, as well as learner needs and volunteer interests, in an effort to ensure the best match possible. EAL Tutors …
  • complete 12 hours of interactive, workshop-style initial training
  • receive ongoing support and personal guidance from EAL staff
  • have access to free professional development workshops
  • attend volunteer networking coffees to exchange best practices
  • have full access to the EAL library’s instructional resources
Once matched, volunteer tutors meet individually with their adult learners for 2 hours each week.  All services are delivered in public spaces, including local libraries, at a day and time convenient for both.  Lessons target each learner’s goals, which may include employment, citizenship, and/or being an advocate for a child or family member.  EAL tutors guide and encourage their learners to find ways to practice English skills every day in real-life situations, outside of their tutoring sessions.  This approach helps the learner develop real communication skills that can be used immediately in their daily life. Once enrolled, learners may receive up to 100 hours of tutoring services, delivered over a 12 to 15 month period.  Those who graduate from our One-to-One Tutoring Program often maintain a relationship with their EAL tutor for many years.   Learn how to enroll a learner in our program
Conversation Groups
    EAL Conversation Groups engage intermediate to advanced English language learners in constructive activities that support ongoing language development.  Because many participants interact with few native English speakers, this program provides a critical opportunity to practice spontaneous, spoken English in a supportive group setting. Conversation Groups give participants a chance to …
  • expand their vocabulary
  • speak English more confidently
  • increase their understanding of U.S. norms and customs
  • make valuable connections with other English language learners in their community
EAL runs Conversation Groups on a trimester schedule; new groups begin in February, May and September each year.  Up to 26 different groups in 16 different communities are run concurrently, varied in time of day and location, to make learning accessible and convenient.  The groups engage up to 350 learners each semester; many are graduates of the tutoring program and enroll in groups for several consecutive semesters. Join a conversation group
Career Access Lab (CAL)
 
More than 60% of our learners have a Bachelor’s degree from their home country; more than 95% have come to the U.S. eager to work.  To assist and support their efforts to join the workforce and obtain meaningful employment, EAL created the Career Access Lab (CAL). Launched in 2016, CAL integrates English language instruction with job readiness preparation.  Through CAL, learners participate in a 15-week Career Group, which offers an introduction to the American workforce, resume-writing support, mock interview practice, cover letter writing support, job search resources, and referrals to educational and training programs.  Enrollment in the program begins with an intake meeting, to assess each learner’s needs and career skills.  Those with professional credentials or specific career goals are matched with a mentor, who provides additional guidance and support during the job search process. This comprehensive approach to career readiness  empowers our learners to take full advantage of their professional potential.  Since its inception, more than 100 learners have utilized CAL to help them achieve their employment and career goals. Learn more about the Career Access Lab
 
Beginner English Class

 

EAL offers Beginner English in the high-need communities of Medford and Waltham, to fill a real need for “survival English” instruction for low-level learners.  Through this program learners practice simple greetings, introducing themselves, asking basic questions and learning beginner vocabulary that is relevant to their immediate needs.

Classes are facilitated by volunteer students from Brandeis and Tufts Universities through each school’s community service programs.  These students are enthusiastic teachers whose semester schedules fit well with the 8-week, 16-session classroom program.  To prepare them to teach the Beginner English class, student volunteers complete a 3-hour training, provided by our Director of Volunteer Engagement, and are provided with a comprehensive curriculum.  Since its inception, 50 learners have completed the program.

Sign up for a Beginner English class
Summer Book Groups
  EAL runs Book Groups in the summer at various public libraries across our service area. Book Groups provide opportunities for intermediate to advanced English language learners to practice reading, speaking, and writing skills.  Small groups of 8-10 learners meet with their facilitator and group each week for 1½ hours, for a 6-week session.  Everyone comes to the group having read the assigned text, and all are encouraged to bring their thoughts and questions to the group.  Facilitators will also utilize study guides and other materials to explore story concepts, word use and composition. Past EAL Book Groups have read “The Alchemist”, “The #1 Ladies’ Detective Agency” and “The Giver”, among others.   Join a Book Club

English At Large

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

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EAL Conversation Group facilitators lead groups for intermediate speakers, helping them build confidence and understanding. #Thankyou for creating safe spaces for learners to practice their English, build networks, and learn more about life in the U.S. #volunteerweek

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EAL Volunteer tutors serve 150 learners each year and provide more than 4,000 hours of service. #Thankyou for empowering your learners to achieve their life goals! #volunteerweek #makeadifference #learningbuildscommunity #lifechanging

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Our Career Access Lab Program supports highly-skilled immigrants in their job search. #Thankyou CAL volunteers, for helping our learners reach their career goals! #volunteerweek #makeadifference #sharingskills

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Our volunteer interns help us plan and run programs and training events and work on special projects. #Thankyou for helping us promote our services and to engage others in our work! #community #interns #volunteerweek

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Our volunteer board helps guide our mission and works to raise funds to support our services. #Thankyou for your leadership and service! #volunteerweek #makeadifference

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Did you know that students at #Tufts University volunteer with English At Large as teachers in our Beginner English Program? Thank you for helping local immigrants learn the words they need in daily life! #volunteerweek #learningbuildscommunity

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Today’s mock interview event was a great success! Thank you #volunteers for helping our learners build confidence and enter the US workforce

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A notice to our volunteers and learners: many of our partner libraries are closing tomorrow due to the #winterstorm. Please check before traveling to attend programs. #BeSafe

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Happening now: CAL resume review event! Thank you Woburn Public Library and our volunteers for supporting local immigrants as they enter the US workforce! ... See MoreSee Less

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Registration is now open for our summer book groups! This year, these volunteer-led groups will be reading and discussing short stories. Thank you Billerica Public Library, Robbins Library, Acton Public Library and Cary Memorial Library for partnering with us and hosting this year's groups. Learners, register here: www.englishatlarge.org/book-group/ ... See MoreSee Less

Registration is now open for our summer book groups!  This year, these volunteer-led groups will be reading and discussing short stories.  Thank you Billerica Public Library, Robbins Library, Acton Public Library and Cary Memorial Library for partnering with us and hosting this years groups.  Learners, register here:  http://www.englishatlarge.org/book-group/

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Attention Learners and volunteers who live in MetroWest communities: add your voice to this community survey! Taking this survey will help us learn more about the people who live and work in the community.Have you taken the Community Survey yet? Responses are completely anonymous and the data will be used to create Impact MetroWest-a public resource to build awareness & drive change. Fill it out today! It is available: In English: bit.ly/ImpactMW-EN Em Português: bit.ly/FFMW-P En Español: bit.ly/FFMW-SP ... See MoreSee Less

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We were so pleased to get a visit from Jack Good of People's United Bank who stopped by to deliver a $2,500 grant award from the People's United Bank Charitable Foundation! Thank you for supporting life-changing services for local immigrants across our shared service area! ... See MoreSee Less

We were so pleased to get a visit from Jack Good of  Peoples United Bank who stopped by to deliver a $2,500 grant award from the Peoples United Bank Charitable Foundation!  Thank you for supporting life-changing services for local immigrants across our shared service area!

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A Public Service Announcement for our Learners - Free Citizenship Clinic coming soon to Waltham, MassachusettsWe are two weeks away from our Waltham workshop, sponsored by Fresenius Medical Care North America! Our team is partnering with dedicated volunteers from Fresenius to provide FREE legal assistance with your U.S. citizenship application. Call our office at 617-694-5949 to register today! ... See MoreSee Less

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Excited to add to our growing library of resources with a generous grant through the ProLiteracy National Book Fund! Volunteers and staff use these books and curriculum materials to plan lessons and support our learner's educational goals! ... See MoreSee Less

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We are now recruiting for our 2019-2020 New American Integration Program AmeriCorps Member! This is your opportunity to spend a year of service making a big impact for local immigrants with English At Large. Full job description, benefits and application instructions here: www.englishatlarge.org/work-with-us/ ... See MoreSee Less

We are now recruiting for our 2019-2020 New American Integration Program AmeriCorps Member!  This is your opportunity to spend a year of service making a big impact for local immigrants with English At Large.  Full job description, benefits and application instructions here: http://www.englishatlarge.org/work-with-us/Image attachmentImage attachment

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Session I of our 15-week CAL Career Group wrapped up today, with participants sharing their next steps as they move forward towards their career goals. Thanks to Na'tisha, our New American Integration Program AmeriCorps member and our amazing volunteers, these CAL learners have developed the skills they need to confidently market themselves and enter the U.S. workforce! ... See MoreSee Less

Session I of our 15-week CAL Career Group wrapped up today, with participants sharing their next steps as they move forward towards their career goals.  Thanks to Natisha, our New American Integration Program AmeriCorps member and our amazing volunteers, these CAL learners have developed the skills they need to confidently market themselves and enter the U.S. workforce!

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This free Citizenship class is still enrolling!We still have a few openings for the free citizenship class starting this Saturday, April 27 10:30am-12:00pm at the Woburn Public Library. To register or for more information call 781.935.6499 or email international-woburn@ymcaboston.org ... See MoreSee Less

This free Citizenship class is still enrolling!

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More pictures from our successful CAL Networking event! Big thanks to our wonderful volunteers and to Waltham Public Library for supporting these learners as they enter the US workforce! ... See MoreSee Less

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Happening now: Career Access Lab (CAL) learners are practicing their elevator pitches at our annual networking event! ... See MoreSee Less

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Thank you Reps Rich Haggerty Michelle Ciccolo Sean Garballey Ken Gordon Brad Jones Tami Gouveia, State Representative-Elect, 14th Middlesex State Representative Michael Day and Reps. David Robertson, and Thomas Stanley for supporting Amendment #1254 for English At Large! ... See MoreSee Less

Thank you Reps Rich Haggerty Michelle Ciccolo Sean Garballey Ken Gordon Brad Jones Tami Gouveia, State Representative-Elect, 14th Middlesex State Representative Michael Day  and Reps. David Robertson, and Thomas Stanley for supporting Amendment #1254 for English At Large!

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So so excited, proud and grateful to receive a #SustainingGrant from the Cummings Foundation! For us, this truly is a sustaining gift - one that will ensure that EAL services remain available in local communities to those who need them most! Thank you Cummings Foundation for keeping the good going!! ... See MoreSee Less

So so excited, proud and grateful to receive a #SustainingGrant from the Cummings Foundation!  For us, this truly is a sustaining gift - one that will ensure that EAL services remain available in local communities to those who need them most!  Thank you Cummings Foundation for keeping the good going!!Image attachmentImage attachment

 

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Our New American Integration Program AmeriCorps Member also serves at local citizenship clinics throughout the year! Thank you Na'tisha for your service! Thank you Project Citizenship for addressing this important need in our community! ... See MoreSee Less

Our New American Integration Program AmeriCorps Member also serves at local citizenship clinics throughout the year!  Thank you Natisha for your service!  Thank you Project Citizenship for addressing this important need in our community!

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Attention English At Large Supporters: Take Action Now to Protect Life Changing Services in Your Community!
Call Your State Representative Now to Support Amendment #1254 to support English At Large! Call script and state rep contact information can be found here:
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