Success stories

English At Large programs are life changing!

Through our network of highly trained and supported volunteers, more than 6,000 hours of service is delivered in 21 local communities each year.  EAL programs help immigrants and refugees acquire the English language skills and cultural knowledge they need to:

  • Attain Citizenship
  • Secure meaningful employment and advance their career
  • Access community resources
  • Attend to their health and that of their children
  • Participate in their children’s education
  • Engage in community activities
  • Enroll in training or higher education
    … begin a new life in the United States!

With the support of our community, in 2017:

  • 383 learners in our Conversation Groups reported improved vocabulary and speaking confidence
  • 62 learners in our Tutoring Program demonstrated improved English in standardized tests
  • 41 learners advanced their careers through promotion or increased pay
  • 37 learners reported better communication with a child’s teachers
  • 8 learners in our Career Access Lab applied for a job for the first time; 4 had interviews
  • 7 learners enrolled in post secondary education
  • 3 learners applied for US citizenship

Meet Kathy and Babak

Kathy and Babak are learners in the English At Large One-to-One Tutoring Program. As a married couple they came to the United States with their son from Iran in 2010.

They spoke little English and the transition was hard for the family — they had no relatives in the area. They had no one to guide them on how much an apartment should cost, where to live, how to rent a car, or provide other vital information.

“When we came here we didn’t have anything and it was hard” explains Kathy. This process was made harder by the language barrier. “We didn’t know English, and it was horrible.”  Read more …

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Thank you @SenJasonLewis for supporting EAL and important services for local immigrants with your fellow Senators @CindyFriedmanMA @BarrettSenate @JamieEldridgeMA

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Bev runs a Conversation Group with partner Bonnie and encourages others to volunteer. "You will learn a great deal and be given a sense that what you are doing is valuable and contributing to your community." #Volunteers help make our communities strong and welcoming to all!

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We partner with @TuftsUniversity to engage students as teachers of Beginner English. As a volunteer teacher, Luke was surprised by how enthusiastic the students are to come learn and attend classes twice a week; they are ready to learn! Thank you for #makingadifference!

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"The promise of EAL is that learners can go to a restaurant or a shop, or to speak with their child’s teacher and feel comfortable communicating. Being able to contribute in these other ways has enriched my life and I’ve made new friends." Vicki, Conversation Group Leader

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Jim, an EAL tutor has great advice for anyone thinking about volunteer service: “Do it! You’ll be thrilled you did it!” Our volunteers deliver more than 6,000 hours of service each year and help hundreds of English learners working to achieve their life goals! #awesome

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