English At Large …

… provides free, relevant, practical, and accessible services to adult immigrants and refugees in 21 communities in Middlesex County.  Our One-to-One Tutoring, Conversation Groups, Career Access Lab (CAL), Beginner English and Summer Book Groups give English language learners at all levels the knowledge, skills, tools, support and confidence they need to fully engage in their communities and move forward in their new life in the United States.

All of our services are delivered by volunteers.  They are our greatest asset, and donate thousands of hours in service to the more than 500 learners who benefit from our programs each year.

  • More than 230 volunteers share their time, energy and knowledge as teachers and facilitators of our One-to-One Tutoring, Conversation Group and CAL Programs.
  • As many as 12 additional volunteers donate their time throughout the year in our office, and assist us with program planning, data management and learner assessments.

Our Volunteers…

…give life to our mission and work hard to ensure that EAL programs are of the highest quality and relevant for their learners.

  • EAL volunteers are highly educated, passionate in their commitment to our mission, and well-connected in their communities.
  • EAL volunteers bring a wealth of life experience to their roles, and share this freely with their learners.
  • EAL volunteers are natural ambassadors, not only for EAL, but also for the value that immigrants and refugees add to our society.

English At Large serves a highly diverse set of English language learners who live or work in our 21-community service area.

Our Learners…

  • Come to the United States from 40 different countries.
  • Speak 31 different languages and unique dialects.
  • 80% are female, 20% are male.
  • 60% are between 35-54 years of age.
  • 65% have a higher education degree, earned in their home country.
  • 60% have a household income under $30,000.
  • 40% are beginner English language learners.
  • 38% are unemployed and seeking work.
  • 37% are employed in positions well below their professional credentials.

Our Service Area

EAL Service Area Map

English At Large serves 21 communities in Middlesex County, Massachusetts:

North Reading

English At Large

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

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

Happening now: Volunteer Networking event with presentation by Castel Law on immigration.

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We are grateful for the leadership of @CindyFriedmanMA @BarrettSenate @JamieEldridgeMA for their actions to help ensure that free, accessible programs remain available for immigrants in our community.

Program Alert: Register now for our summer Conversation Group in Acton:

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EAL quick fact: 65% of our learners hold a Bachelors or Masters degree from their home country. Language is a barrier to their professional goals.

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Are you learning English? Do you love to read? Registration is now open for our 6-week Summer Book Group Program! @ActonMemLibrary @winpublib @walthamlibrary @woburnlibrary

Read more about the Cotting School & @cummingsdotcom connection here, & follow our Facebook page May 14-18 when we'll raffle off 5 FREE copies of Bill Cummings' new book: #StartingSmallAndMakingItBig! https://t.co/s9CEmrP98L
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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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