who we are

English At Large ...

... provides free, practical, and accessible English language instruction to refugee and immigrant adults in 21 Boston area communities.

Our vision is that newcomers to the United States will develop the English language skills and acquire the cultural knowledge they need to fully engage in their communities and fulfill their life goals.

We help our learners overcome language barriers, so that they can get find jobs, adjust to their new environment, obtain community services, access health care and advocate for their children at school.

  • Founded in 1970 by Lexington resident Mildred Gilman
  • A volunteer-based organization
  • Now serves 21 communities
  • Has helped more than 10,000 local adult learners
  • Small professional staff with hundreds of trained volunteers providing:
  • One-to-one English tutoring
  • Group conversation practice
  • Basic English classes


Our Volunteers ...
  • receive training and ongoing support
  • provide customized individual and small-group instruction targeted at learners' goals
  • have an array of backgrounds
  • are committed to learner success
Our Learners ...
... come from more than fifty countries around the world. English At Large learners live or work in the following communities:


service area

Our Supporters ...

... make everything possible. They include the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education, the Acton-Boxborough United Way, and an array of businesses, associations, and individual contributors.

Additional Information

FY2015 Annual Report