Our Approach

English At Large programs provide a ladder of support to meet the needs of local English language learners. Our volunteer-delivered services create an accessible pathway to knowledge and understanding for our learners, empowering them to join in their communities and to achieve their life goals.

Our Approach to Learning

EAL programs help learners gain the skills and confidence they need to move forward in their new lives in the United States.  Some of our learners strive to join the workforce to provide for their families; others seek to navigate the American education system for themselves or their children.  Newcomers need language and cultural knowledge in order to communicate with their doctor, at the bank, or in a store.

Our approach to learning goes beyond teaching English.  While knowing the language is a vital step in adapting to this new life, it is but just the first step toward achieving life goals.  EAL programs connect newcomers with volunteers who are active members of their community, and who generously share their life experience with their learners. Volunteers and learners develop trusting relationships that create a fruitful climate for learning.  As newcomers undergo the process of adjusting to a new culture, English At Large learner programs can open gateways to understanding and achievement, and promote stronger, more inclusive communities.

Our Approach to Tutoring

Every English At Large learner has unique personal and language objectives.  Our tutors provide individualized instruction, guidance, and support to help learners reach their goals.

Most EAL tutors are not ESL teachers; they are members of the community who are passionate about imparting their knowledge and life experience to help newcomers acclimate.

EAL tutors are trained in the Language Experience Approach (LEA), a learner-centered teaching method and diagnostic tool which provides a starting point for language and cultural instruction. The learner is given a speaking prompt, and the tutor transcribes the response, word for word.  This learner-generated text contains context and vocabulary that is familiar and relevant to the learner.  The text can then be used for a variety of learning activities, and provides opportunities for side-by-side development of the four language skills:  speaking, listening, reading and writing.

EAL tutors employ a variety of other teaching tools, including textbooks, internet resources, and real-life materials, such as PTA newsletters, employee handbooks, citizenship exam questions, and workplace communication documents.

Tutors receive ongoing encouragement and support from EAL staff, and have full access to the English At Large Resource Library. Professional development, offered by EAL staff and through our partnerships with other providers and the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education, helps ensure that our tutors have the resources they need to support their learners’ success.

Learner Success

Our learners seek to improve their understanding of English language and U.S. Culture in order to:

  • secure a job or advance their career
  • enroll in college or university
  • improve family communication
  • become active at their child’s school
  • volunteer  in their community
  • learn how to use public transportation
  • vote in an election
  • pass the U.S. Citizenship exam

 

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 learners! In today's lesson from Bob the Canadian, you will learn how to form a sentence to talk about things that happened in the past using the words "used to" and "would". (And you don't even need to conjugate the verbs). Wow! ow.ly/v0Ck50LSENY ... See MoreSee Less

English learners! In todays lesson from Bob the Canadian, you will learn how to form a sentence to talk about things that happened in the past using the words used to and would. (And you dont even need to conjugate the verbs). Wow! http://ow.ly/v0Ck50LSENY
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English learners! What does it mean to "Tie up loose ends"? Find out in today's video lesson from VOA's English in a Minute! ow.ly/1EYJ50LSCsV ... See MoreSee Less

English learners! What does it mean to Tie up loose ends? Find out in todays video lesson from VOAs English in a Minute! http://ow.ly/1EYJ50LSCsV
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English learners! Come rain or come shine, we will continue to help you understand English! Here are a few expressions to save for a rainy day! ... See MoreSee Less

English learners! Come rain or come shine, we will continue to help you understand English! Here are a few expressions to save for a rainy day!
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English Learners! Today we are posting an audio lesson from ELLLO that features Sarah and Todd talking about soup. Listen and read the transcript to expand your cooking vocabulary! ow.ly/1bgR50LP13g ... See MoreSee Less

English Learners! Today we are posting an audio lesson from ELLLO that features Sarah and Todd talking about soup.  Listen and read the transcript to expand your cooking vocabulary! http://ow.ly/1bgR50LP13g
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English learners! ELLLO offers one minute videos with transcripts that feature English learners from around the world answering a basic question. In this video, Gisela from Venezuela answers the question "Is there lots of nature in your area?" Enjoy! ow.ly/vVfW50LP0Mm ... See MoreSee Less

English learners! ELLLO offers one minute videos with transcripts that feature English learners from around the world answering a basic question. In this video, Gisela from Venezuela answers the question Is there lots of nature in your area? Enjoy!  http://ow.ly/vVfW50LP0Mm
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English learners! We hope you enjoy this classic video lesson from Bob the Canadian - Let's Learn English at the Grocery Store! ow.ly/z3IB50LKRp4 ... See MoreSee Less

English learners! We hope you enjoy this classic video lesson from Bob the Canadian - Lets Learn English at the Grocery Store! http://ow.ly/z3IB50LKRp4
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English learners! Be safe this Thanksgiving with these important tips from the USDA! ... See MoreSee Less

English learners! Be safe this Thanksgiving with these important tips from the USDA!
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English learners! This week we celebrate Thanksgiving, a time to join with family and friends to express gratitude and to share what we have with others. This highlight of this holiday is the Thanksgiving dinner. Hungry? Today's idioms are all about food! ... See MoreSee Less

English learners! This week we celebrate Thanksgiving, a time to join with family and friends to express gratitude and to share what we have with others.  This highlight of this holiday is the Thanksgiving dinner. Hungry? Todays idioms are all about food!
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English learners! Where did you grow up? What was your favorite thing to do? Today's lesson from Bob the Canadian talks about his childhood to help you learn how to talk about your childhood. Enjoy! ow.ly/rE5L50LGi3W ... See MoreSee Less

English learners! Where did you grow up? What was your favorite thing to do? Todays lesson from Bob the Canadian talks about his childhood to help you learn how to talk about your childhood. Enjoy! http://ow.ly/rE5L50LGi3W
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English learners! Do you struggle with how to talk about your daily routine? Today's video lesson from Speak English with Vanessa can help. This lesson also includes a free worksheet for this lesson in the comments. Enjoy learning! ow.ly/Ioq250LGhLH ... See MoreSee Less

English learners! Do you struggle with how to talk about your daily routine? Todays video lesson from Speak English with Vanessa can help. This lesson also includes a free worksheet for this lesson in the comments.  Enjoy learning! http://ow.ly/Ioq250LGhLH
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English learners! BRRRRR.... it's cold this week! Some people may say that it is chilly, a bit nippy or freezing! Today's infographic will help you understand these common expressions. Bundle up and stay warm! ... See MoreSee Less

English learners!  BRRRRR.... its cold this week! Some people may say that it is chilly, a bit nippy or freezing! Todays infographic will help you understand these common expressions.  Bundle up and stay warm!
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Shopping for the holiday? It's the perfect time to pick up your new Community Bags at Stop & Shop! Get these great bags at the Reading store and your purchase automatically supports EAL! Shopping at other locations? The tag on each bag gives directions on how to designate EAL! ... See MoreSee Less

Shopping for the holiday? Its the perfect time to pick up your new Community Bags at Stop & Shop! Get these great bags at the Reading store and your purchase automatically supports EAL!  Shopping at other locations? The tag on each bag gives directions on how to designate EAL!
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English learners! Have you ever heard the expression "You do you"? What does this mean? Find out in today's lesson from the BBC's The English We Speak! ow.ly/vK7L50LE3YL ... See MoreSee Less

English learners! Have you ever heard the expression You do you? What does this mean? Find out in todays lesson from the BBCs The English We Speak! http://ow.ly/vK7L50LE3YL
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English learners! Do you plan to do some yard work this weekend? This week's short video lesson from Bob the Canadian will help you understand the nouns and verbs we use when talking about fall yard work! www.youtube.com/watch?v=MJmWOXe1scI ... See MoreSee Less

English learners! Do you plan to do some yard work this weekend? This weeks short video lesson from Bob the Canadian will help you understand the nouns and verbs we use when talking about fall yard work! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MJmWOXe1scI
3 weeks ago
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Grocery shopping? Don't forget to pick up your community bags at Stop & Shop! Any bags purchased at the Reading location generate a donation of $1 per bag for English At Large! Not shopping in Reading? Get your bags at any location, fill out the tag and designate your donation to EAL! ... See MoreSee Less

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English learners! Do you struggle to understand when to use the words "still" and "yet"? Today's video lesson from VOA Ask a Teacher will help! ow.ly/NsLj50LAeZm ... See MoreSee Less

English learners! Do you struggle to understand when to use the words still and yet? Todays video lesson from VOA Ask a Teacher will help! http://ow.ly/NsLj50LAeZm
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Our afternoon session at today’s Volunteer Development Conference: Second Language Acquisition with Andrea O’Brien begins now! ... See MoreSee Less

Our afternoon session at today’s Volunteer Development Conference: Second Language Acquisition with Andrea O’Brien begins now!
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