Our Approach

English At Large programs provide a ladder of support to meet the needs of local English language learners, to provide an accessible pathway to knowledge and understanding that helps them achieve their potential and engage fully in life in the United States.

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 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 cultural 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 have full access to the English At Large resource library, as well as the free professional development workshops offered through EAL and the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education.

Learner Success

By improving their knowledge of English and U.S. Culture, English At Large learners have been able 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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This event is a great opportunity to learn more about New Horizons, and the services it provides its residents as a nonprofit retirement community!Please join Network for Social Justice and SCI Woburn on Wednesday, June 23 at 7 PM for a live Zoom conversation with Joyce and Bill Cummings about New Horizons at Choate retirement community in Woburn. This exceptional independent and assisted living community, strictly a not-for-profit organization, is owned and operated by Cummings Foundation.

Together with the New Horizons at Choate leadership team, Joyce and Bill will discuss the history and mission of New Horizons, as well as various living options and programs offered.

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Join us tonight at 6pm for a special Virtual Styling event with Kendra Scott! Our Kendra consultant will be entertaining us with games, give-aways and a special preview of Kendra's new spring lines for men and women, all to inspire support for EAL! ow.ly/bIxH50F2dod ... See MoreSee Less

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Be sure to join us tomorrow night for a special kick off event to celebrate English At Large and showcase Kendra's new spring line! zoom.us/j/94325092161?pwd=L1VLbHVOY3EvcFQ0NG1WbDQ2cFRtdz09Our special shopping event with Kendra Scott kicks off this week with a Virtual Styling event on Thursday, June 3rd at 6pm! Join us for a sneak peek at Kendra's new spring line and find out more how to support EAL! zoom.us/j/94325092161?pwd=L1VLbHVOY3EvcFQ0NG1WbDQ2cFRtdz09 ... See MoreSee Less

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Our founder, Lenny Zakim, was always among the first to speak out against violence aimed at any and all marginalized groups.

The Fund continues to stand in solidarity against prejudices of all kinds.

We condemn all acts of violence against humanity.

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