COVID-19 Information and Resources for Learners

Information and Resources for our Learners


Following the guidance and directives of state and local agencies, all English At Large in-person programs are currently suspended.

We encourage our learners to do their part to help keep our communities healthy for all by following the recommendations on how to stay healthy and to practice social distancing.
We know this is not easy.  We are thinking of you during these challenging times. The staff of English At Large are available to help and support you in your learning, and to help with any questions or concerns you may have. To contact English At Large staff email info@englishatlarge.org.

Trusted Sources of Information
On the Internet

It is important that you stay informed about new developments in the COVID-19 crisis. Here are some local organizations that are providing up-to-date information:

Massachusetts Immigrant & Refugee Advocacy Coalition
This webpage has updated COVID-19 resources for local immigrants

Mass.gov, the Official Website of the Massachusetts Government
This site has up to date information on the government response to COVID-19

You can trust that the information on these pages is true and designed to help you.

Use Your Telephone
To Find Help Meeting Your Basic Needs in Your Community

Call 2-1-1
From anywhere in Massachusetts

To Receive Updates from the State of Massachusetts by Text Message

Text COVIDMA to 888-777

Massachusetts Contact Tracing to Stop Community Spread of COVID-19

You can make a difference!  Answer the Call from the Massachusetts COVID-19 Team
These calls will come from area code 853 or 857

Callers will not ask for any personal information except your name and phone number

Resources to Help You Continue to Practice Your English

We will post resources here and on our Facebook page to help you practice your English.  Follow us to stay connected with English At Large!

Free Rice
Free Rice is an online game that can help you build English vocabulary, while also helping to feed those in need.
Set the level of English (easy to difficult) and you are ready to play!

VIDEO: COVID-19:  How to talk about the Coronavirus in English

LISTENING PRACTICE:

Enjoy a 5-minute escape and practice English listening with this beautiful short film from the Visual English School site.   Movie Lesson: “Via” — A man’s journey through life  

Learn new music vocabulary and idioms while enjoying another 5-minute film from Visual English School. Movie Lesson:  “A Sprinkle of Nostalgia” with music vocabulary and idioms https://visualenglishschool.com/a-sprinkle-of-nostalgia/

Improve your English listening skills in 32 minutes! Take the challenge and see how many questions you can answer!  “32 Minutes of English Listening Practice for Beginners”. 

Find the words to all you favorite English songs at AZlyrics.com.
Try this one:  “Happy” by Pharrell Williams and sing along on YouTube.

Meet Angela and Peter. Peter plays video games and watches soccer all day.  His life is boring. Until… he moves to Mexico and meets Angela. Find out what happens! Episode 1

Episode 2 

Episode 3

Practice your English listening skills with these short, funny dialogues from Randall’s Cyber Listening LabAll levels, from Easy to Difficult.  Each Dialogue has audio, script, questions, vocabulary, and grammar exercises.
Dialogue Selection:

EASY:
Daily Schedule
Family Activities
New Friends
Phone Message

INTERMEDIATE:
A Healthy Lifestyle
Texting and Driving
Dinner Recipes

DIFFICULT:
Home Repairs
Movie Theater
Telemarketing

ELLLO has an extensive library of free audio and video lessons, with script. Some lessons come with listening exercises and vocabulary descriptions.

A funny thing happened today when Lori was shopping for office supplies, and it involves an industrial-sized package of toilet paper rolls.  Listen to this podcast from Better at English and download the transcript to read along!

Listen and learn about the National Park Service in the United States in this short history lesson by Voice of America! https://learningenglish.voanews.com/a/americas-national-parks-theodore-roosevelt-national-park-dakota/3657240.html

In honor of Volunteer Appreciation Week, we found this podcast in slow, spoken English from Culips on the history of volunteering in the United States, and the different ways that volunteers make a difference! https://esl.culips.com/2020/03/simplified-speech-082-volunteering/ 

Running on fumes from The English We Speak What can you say when you have no energy? Learn a new English expression! https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p088s81h

Are you new to the United States and need help with basic English, including how to say hello, have a conversation or ask questions?
These videos from Rachel’s English may help!

Listen to these English Conversations from talkenglish.com and see if you can answer the questions.  Each conversation has a written dialogue, too.
https://www.talkenglish.com/listening/listenintermediate.aspx 

What do you love to do?  What do you hate to do?  Listen to a 5-minute conversation with Todd and Meg to hear what they love to do.
http://elllo.org/english/1501/1504-MegTodd-FreeTime-Gerunds.htm

English in a Minute – “Cabin Fever”
Here’s a phrase we’ve all been hearing more often recently… What is “cabin fever?” Find out in this English in a Minute video! https://learningenglish.voanews.com/a/english-in-a-minute-cabin-fever/5401474.html

More English in a Minute videos here: https://learningenglish.voanews.com/z/3619

SPEAKING PRACTICE:

Learn new phrases for Conversation!  The ESLGold website has short videos to help you practice common phrases for all levels of English, from Beginner to Advanced.
Selection:
Beginner Level Phrases for Conversation:
Introductions
Asking for repetition

Intermediate Level Phrases for Conversation:
Asking for opinions
Asking for Details
Interrupting

Advanced Level Phrases for Conversation:
Paraphrasing

Practice your English Pronunciation with 2-second sentences.  Listen to the sentences and repeat:
http://www.manythings.org/videos/tom/

GRAMMAR PRACTICE:

Love playing computer games?  Try these fun, interactive online games on eslgamesworld.com to sharpen your grammar skills!

The Using English site has online exercises to practice all areas of English grammar.  Click on the topic you want to practice.

Sharpen your GRAMMAR skills with a short daily video from the ELLLO website.  Click your level below and choose a video:
Low Beginner
Mid Beginner
High Beginner
Low Intermediate
Intermediate
Mid Intermediate

Check out these clickable photo sets to practice grammar and vocabulary!   https://eslgames.com/photosets/

WRITING PRACTICE:

Want to improve your writing skills at home? Check out Write&Improve for writing prompts at all levels, and get instant corrections and feedback on your writing: https://writeandimprove.com

VOCABULARY PRACTICE:

Try the 5-minute crossword puzzle challenge to practice vocabulary.  Five levels, from ‘Easy’ to ‘Difficult’. http://iteslj.org/cw/

Have some fun today with this crossword puzzle and learn some colorful English expressions! http://iteslj.org/cw/2/vm-colorexp.html

Do you like to cook?  Learn the English words for things in your kitchen with this short quiz from a4esl.org
http://iteslj.org/v/ei/kitchen.html

Learn the English words for things in your home with this quiz from a4esl.org 
http://iteslj.org/v/ei/furniture.html

Here are three fun quizzes to practice English vocabulary, from manythings.org
http://www.manythings.org/lulu/j1.html

http://www.manythings.org/lulu/j3.html
http://www.manythings.org/lulu/j7.html

Verb Practice #1 Learn 12 new English verbs with Verb Quiz #1  from a4esl.org
http://iteslj.org/v/ei/verbs1.html

Verb Practice #2  Ready for more verb practice?  Learn 12 more English verbs with Verb Quiz #2 from a4esl.org
http://iteslj.org/v/ei/verbs2.html

Verb Practice #3 Ready for more verb practice?  Learn 12 more English verbs with Verb Quiz #3 from a4esl.org
http://iteslj.org/v/ei/verbs2.html

 Vocabulary Master Quiz  Can you name these 71 things in English?  Try this Master Quiz from a4esl.org
http://iteslj.org/v/ei/nouns.html 

Adjective Practice  Do you know these 27 adjectives?  Try this master challenge from a4esl
http://iteslj.org/v/ei/adjectives.html