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 2019:

  • 244 learners in our Conversation Groups improved their understanding and speaking confidence
  • 63 learners in our Tutoring Program improved their English equal to one grade level in school
  • 40 learners advanced their career through promotion, new position or increased pay
  • 20 learners applied for a job in the U.S. for the first time
  • 8 learners enrolled in post-secondary education
  • 4 learners obtained citizenship

In addition, 75% of these learners, when surveyed, responded that they would recommend EAL programs to friends and family, 75% have made friends and supportive connections and 52% responded that our programs have substantially improved their quality of life. 

Meet Our CAL Learners

The Career Access Lab addresses the need of highly-skilled and credentialed immigrants for support in navigating the U.S. workforce.  CAL provides instruction, resume review and mock interview skill practice and career mentor support to help local immigrants realize their career potential.  In 2019, 90% of CAL learners obtained employment in their professional field. Meet just a few of these professionals here….

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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Woburn, MA 01801
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English learners! We hope you have enjoyed these daily posts to help you improve your English. New posts will begin again in 2021. In the meantime, please visit our website for the full collection of games, lessons and activities. Happy learning! ow.ly/dOJx50CKNKP ... See MoreSee Less

English learners!  We hope you have enjoyed these daily posts to help you improve your English.  New posts will begin again in 2021.  In the meantime, please visit our website for the full collection of games, lessons and activities.  Happy learning!  http://ow.ly/dOJx50CKNKP

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A special announcement for our Conversation Group Learners: Registration for the Spring Semester will open January 4, 2021. To receive a reminder email, please complete this form: docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSeSBmdkAYlc1jO59TLdrARTpCgttiN3_5_n3q-aHmKXLBLbZw/viewform ... See MoreSee Less

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A reminder that EAL staff are working a staggered schedule. The best way to reach a specific staff member is via email. For general questions, please call us Monday through Thursday, 10 am to 4 pm at 781-395-2374. Thank you! www.englishatlarge.org/staff/ ... See MoreSee Less

A reminder that EAL staff are working a staggered schedule.  The best way to reach a specific staff member is via email.  For general questions, please call us Monday through Thursday, 10 am to 4 pm at 781-395-2374.  Thank you! http://www.englishatlarge.org/staff/

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English Learners!  The Intensive English Institute at Middlesex Community College  is now enrolling for Winter Spring Semester 2021. This is a great program to help you prepare to attend college or training.  More information here: https://www.middlesex.mass.edu/iei/

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