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 …

English At Large

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

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Presenting our newest volunteer tutors, who recently finished training and are already meeting with their learners. THANK YOU for your community spirit, and for sharing your time and talents to help local immigrants learn English and feel welcome in our communities. ... See MoreSee Less

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Thank you, tutors, for taking time out of your busy lives to attend the training sessions, and to start this journey with your learners. Your enthusiasm and commitment inspire our work. Cheers, Csilla

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Our public libraries are closed today in observance of #VeteransDay2018. EAL Programs hosted at libraries are also closed today. Acton Memorial Library Burlington Public Library Belmont Public Library Waltham Public Library ... See MoreSee Less

Our public libraries are closed today in observance of #VeteransDay2018.  EAL Programs hosted at libraries are also closed today.  Acton Memorial Library Burlington Public Library Belmont Public Library Waltham Public Library

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Ceremonies are being held today in local communities and across the country.

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Save the Date for our Community Fundraising Night at Otto Pizza at the Lynnfield Marketplace ~ Monday, December 10th from 5 to 9 pm, 8% of all sales will benefit EAL! www.facebook.com/events/2197326797205587/ ... See MoreSee Less

Save the Date for our Community Fundraising Night at Otto Pizza at the Lynnfield Marketplace ~ Monday, December 10th from 5 to 9 pm, 8% of all sales will benefit EAL!   https://www.facebook.com/events/2197326797205587/

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Final presentation at Volunteer Development Day: Helping Your Learners to Think in English

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Afternoon presenter at our Volunteer Development Day: Yarlennys Villaman from the office of Attorney General Maura Healey on “The Unauthorized Practice is Immigration Law”. ... See MoreSee Less

Afternoon presenter at our Volunteer Development Day:  Yarlennys Villaman from the office of Attorney General Maura Healey on “The Unauthorized Practice is Immigration Law”.

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Our Volunteer Development Day starts in just a few minutes!

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An English At Large Waltham Public Library Conversation Group in Action! Volunteer facilitator Sun is leading a discussion with Waltham learners from Argentina, China, the Czech Republic, Egypt, Haiti, Iran, Japan, Poland, and Russia about autumn vocabulary. Learn more about this highly interactive group program for intermediate speakers here: www.englishatlarge.org/conversation-groups/ ... See MoreSee Less

An English At Large Waltham Public Library Conversation Group in Action!  Volunteer facilitator Sun is leading a discussion with Waltham learners from Argentina, China, the Czech Republic, Egypt, Haiti, Iran, Japan, Poland, and Russia about autumn vocabulary.  Learn more about this highly interactive group program for intermediate speakers here:  http://www.englishatlarge.org/conversation-groups/

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Did you hear?  Now through Nov 2, AmazonSmile is donating 5% (ten times the usual amount) to English at Large Inc. when you shop at smile.amazon.com/ch/04-3050593. #AmazonSmile #StartWithaSmile

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Attention Learners: Are you ready to enter the U.S. Workforce, but unsure on how to begin? Our Career Access Lab Program offers a One-to-One Career Assessment that can get you on the right path. Learn more here: docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSfr4ouY3oE1oTRmdbAMobAtLR1fpoVegNZ1l9dQiaYwzNlDVA/viewform ... See MoreSee Less

Attention Learners:  Are you ready to enter the U.S. Workforce, but unsure on how to begin?  Our Career Access Lab Program offers a One-to-One Career Assessment that can get you on the right path.  Learn more here: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSfr4ouY3oE1oTRmdbAMobAtLR1fpoVegNZ1l9dQiaYwzNlDVA/viewformImage attachment

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Today we observe #ColumbusDay or #indigenouspeoplesday as a holiday. Our partner libraries are closed, and our Monday programs are cancelled for this week. Enjoy the day! ... See MoreSee Less

Today we observe #ColumbusDay or #indigenouspeoplesday as a holiday.  Our partner libraries are closed, and our Monday programs are cancelled for this week.  Enjoy the day!

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These classes are free and you do not need to live in Woburn to attend. Register today to enroll.

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So many of our learners can relate to this! www.youtube.com/watch?v=kMZsDaTxaKoRicky learns that "ough" in English can be rough, tough and he's had enough. Sorry about the sound. 🙁 ... See MoreSee Less

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Our Lexington Conversation Group learners recently enjoyed a demonstration of the scanner-translator at Cary Memorial Library as part of a Scavenger Hunt activity. Libraries across our service area host EAL Programs and offer great resources for English-language learners! www.facebook.com/pg/EnglishAtLarge/photos/?tab=album&album_id=10155657210627470&__xts__%5B0%5D=68... ... See MoreSee Less

Our Lexington Conversation Group learners recently enjoyed a demonstration of the scanner-translator at Cary Memorial Library as part of a Scavenger Hunt activity. Libraries across our service area host EAL Programs and offer great resources for English-language learners! https://www.facebook.com/pg/EnglishAtLarge/photos/?tab=album&album_id=10155657210627470&__xts__%5B0%5D=68.ARCQNRBkgWas1T_1imjvYX6pH9YX3NE22yZKmX95Y4mkiuFky6ybCOnXCGTi9iQCDDvpZtv0Az73eEiYz-k6chCWz2LZSdOVzvf-Xv-xBEslxiM6zlGQoiufePqEx6yzVSMLe7EOh1CngI19b0taNNRXbR8ZMtzcWlEcPaOeiv35BYXpKMndG0M&__tn__=-UC-RImage attachmentImage attachment

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These classes are free, but you must register to reserve your seat. You do not need to live in Woburn to participate!Do you know anyone interested in taking a citizenship class? Several organizations in Woburn are working together to offer free citizenship classes on Saturday mornings at the Woburn Public Library starting late October. We need at least 10 people who are interested. Please message us or call 781.935.6499 if you are interested. Please share this post! ... See MoreSee Less

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