Community need

Immigrants and refugees without English skills cannot begin the process of moving forward in their new life in the United States.

In Massachusetts:

  • More than 600,000 residents are foreign born; 1 in 6 adults is an immigrant or refugee.
  • More than 250,000 do not speak English well enough to secure work or engage in community life. (Migration Policy Institute)
  • 10,000 remain on waitlists for free or sliding-fee programs, some for as long as 2 years. (The Boston Foundation)

In our Service Area:

  • 130,000 people, 26% of the total population in Middlesex County, are non-English speakers. (2015 American Community Survey)
  • Less than 10% of these adults are enrolled in programs to help them learn English. (The Boston Foundation)

These people do not have the English language skills they need to move forward with their lives.

They face the following barriers to reaching their personal and professional goals:

  • Difficulty obtaining employment, promotions, and/or raises
  • Not able to support their children in school and/or advocate on their behalf
  • Challenged to access community resources and services
  • Unable to communicate with physicians and/or mental health providers
  • Unprepared to take the U.S. Citizenship Exam (which is administered in English)
  • Isolated and not involved in the local community

English language instruction is key to overcoming these challenges. 

English At Large is the only organization in our service area that provides free one-to-one and small group English language instruction.  For many adults who want to learn English and struggle to learn in large, classroom-based settings we are their only option.

 

English At Large

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

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English At Large Offices will be Closed Monday, December 23, 2019 through Wednesday, January 1, 2020. We will reopen Thursday, January 2nd. Happy Holidays!

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3 days ago

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Lots of 🔥 HOT NEW ITEMS 🔥 ready for your high bid at EAL's 2020 Auction! This could be your chance to score a weekend getaway🏝️ treat yourself to a special night out 🎉 or try something completely new 😍 Share with friends, family and coworkers: ow.ly/Sb3c50yutuq ... See MoreSee Less

Lots of 🔥 HOT NEW ITEMS 🔥 ready for your high bid at EALs 2020 Auction! This could be your chance to score a weekend getaway🏝️ treat yourself to a special night out 🎉 or try something completely new 😍 Share with friends, family and coworkers: http://ow.ly/Sb3c50yutuq

2 weeks ago

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We had a wonderful time last week celebrating our volunteers at an event at the Woburn Public Library. Special thanks to Flatbread Company Bedford\Burlington, MA and Seasons 52 for donating wonderful refreshments! The staff had great fun writing tributes to those in attendance, creating an awards-show atmosphere to celebrate the service of our wonderful volunteers! Read all the tributes here: www.englishatlarge.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/02/2020-EAL-Volunteer-Appreciation-and-Tributes.pdf ... See MoreSee Less

2 weeks ago

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Did you vote today? Remember - every vote counts and this vote helps to fund life-changing programs for local immigrants! www.aworldforgood.com/a/winchestersavings?fbclid=IwAR20ro4Oh9wC1OCyoEl2KWBiFmJSNc6xGaP60ezUogujsj... ... See MoreSee Less

Did you vote today?  Remember - every vote counts and this vote helps to fund life-changing programs for local immigrants!      https://www.aworldforgood.com/a/winchestersavings?fbclid=IwAR20ro4Oh9wC1OCyoEl2KWBiFmJSNc6xGaP60ezUogujsjsxBzSfj0Hb1A0

3 weeks ago

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Your vote for English At Large will help support local programs that empower local immigrants to reach their full potential. Thank you Winchester Savings Bank for including EAL in this exciting community program!We are launching the next campaign on our community voting site! Please visit www.aworldforgood.com/a/winchestersavings to vote for one of five local organizations, and WE'LL donate the money! Participants include English At Large, Medford Community Housing, Inc, North Suburban YMCA, Winchester Community Music School, and Winchester Cooperative Nursery School. ... See MoreSee Less

Your vote for English At Large will help support local programs that empower local immigrants to reach their full potential. Thank you Winchester Savings Bank for including EAL in this exciting community program!

3 weeks ago

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We are all set up and so excited for tonight’s Volunteer Appreciation at the Woburn Public Library! EAL Volunteers make a world of difference! ... See MoreSee Less

We are all set up and so excited for tonight’s Volunteer Appreciation at the Woburn Public Library! EAL Volunteers make a world of difference!Image attachment

4 weeks ago

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We are so lucky to have Spencer volunteering with us in support of our Annual Online Auction - and super excited to help him celebrate his 21st birthday! #happybirthday #harrypotter #intern #officeparty ... See MoreSee Less

We are so lucky to have Spencer volunteering with us in support of our Annual Online Auction - and super excited to help him celebrate his 21st birthday!  #happybirthday #harrypotter #intern #officeparty

1 month ago

English At Large

The first cohort of our 2020 CAL Career Groups kicked off yesterday with 15 participants, all ready to advance their career in the United States. Led by our New American Integration Program AmeriCorps member, this 15-week program runs at the Burlington Public Library. Learners and volunteers interested in learning more about the Career Access Lab (CAL) can call Joe at 781-395-2374 or email americorps@englishatlarge.org ... See MoreSee Less

The first cohort of our 2020 CAL Career Groups kicked off yesterday with 15 participants, all ready to advance their career in the United States.  Led by our  New American Integration Program AmeriCorps member, this 15-week program runs at the Burlington Public Library.  Learners and volunteers interested in learning more about the Career Access Lab (CAL) can call Joe at 781-395-2374 or email americorps@englishatlarge.org

1 month ago

English At Large

Congratulations to EAL tutoring learner alumnus Behrouz on achieving his goal of U.S. Citizenship. His volunteer tutor Melissa continued to work with him after leaving the program, and tells us
"I started with Behrouz as a tutor in July 2016. His goals that we worked toward with his English abilities were to get a full-time job, buy a house, and become a US citizen. He has achieved all three of his goals and has come a long way with his skills and confidence."

"I am so proud of him and so privileged to be part of his journey and the mission of English at Large. To see someone work so hard and achieve something that means so much to him is priceless."

Thank you Melissa for your volunteer service, and for sharing this inspiring story!
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Congratulations to EAL tutoring learner alumnus Behrouz on achieving his goal of U.S. Citizenship.  His volunteer tutor Melissa continued to work with him after leaving the program, and tells us 
I started with Behrouz as a tutor in July 2016. His goals that we worked toward with his English abilities were to get a full-time job, buy a house, and become a US citizen. He has achieved all three of his goals and has come a long way with his skills and confidence. 

I am so proud of him and so privileged to be part of his journey and the mission of English at Large. To see someone work so hard and achieve something that means so much to him is priceless. 

Thank you Melissa for your volunteer service, and for sharing this inspiring story!Image attachment

2 months ago

English At Large

We held a great meeting this morning to kick off our Strategic Planning Process. We are excited to have the guidance of Pear Associates as we work together to set a path for the future!Held a strategic planning kickoff meeting with English At Large. Excited to be working with this amazing organization that is helping adults to acquire English language skills while building community. ... See MoreSee Less

We held a great meeting this morning to kick off our Strategic Planning Process.  We are excited to have the guidance of Pear Associates as we work together to set a path for the future!

2 months ago

English At Large

Do you like to meet new people and learn about different cultures? Volunteers are needed to co-facilitate Conversation Groups in Boxborough, Massachusetts and Waltham, Massachusetts! Interested? Call us at 781-395-2374 or email info@englishatlarge.org ... See MoreSee Less

Do you like to meet new people and learn about different cultures? Volunteers are needed to co-facilitate Conversation Groups in Boxborough, Massachusetts and Waltham, Massachusetts!  Interested?  Call us at 781-395-2374 or email info@englishatlarge.org
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