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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English Learners! Practice your reading comprehension with UVIC! You pick the story to read and listen, and then complete the exercises to check your understanding. Here are stories for high beginners: ow.ly/L3Qd50BBAxX ... See MoreSee Less

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English learners! Practice English by listening to stories on ow.ly/fSFF50BBAb8. You can listen at slow, fast, or normal speed, with a transcript and a list of vocabulary and idioms found in the story. Start here with A Dog is a Man's Best Friend: ow.ly/tdfl50BBAb7 ... See MoreSee Less

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We are excited to welcome Eric as this year's New American Integration Program AmeriCorps member! Eric is co-facilitating a Conversation Group and will soon be enrolling new learners into our next Career Group cohort, scheduled to begin in January. Read Eric's full bio here: www.englishatlarge.org/staff/ ... See MoreSee Less

We are excited to welcome Eric as this years  New American Integration Program AmeriCorps member! Eric is co-facilitating a Conversation Group and will soon be enrolling new learners into our next Career Group cohort, scheduled to begin in January.  Read Erics full bio here:  http://www.englishatlarge.org/staff/

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Take the pledge to count in the 2020 United States Census!  An accurate count of all people is needed to ensure we have access to services and representation.  Respond to the Census by phone or online; learn more here: http://ow.ly/kWXp50Bv8ty

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Intermediate Learners! Practice your speaking and listening with stories on deepenglish.com!  Start with this story called Every Cloud has a Silver Lininghttps://deepenglish.com/lessons/every-cloud-has-silver-lining/

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English learners!  Your favorite teams may be back in action; this weeks idioms are all about sports! Stay ahead of the game and give these common expressions your best shot!

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EAL learners work hard to learn English! But where did English come from? Our different languages have more in common than you may think. Watch this short TED Talk to learn more! ow.ly/VFPw50Bv0DB ... See MoreSee Less

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English learners: EAL has a full page of resources to help you stay informed, connected and learning during COVID-19. This page also includes all our learning lessons posted daily on social media.
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English learners:  EAL has a full page of resources to help you stay informed, connected and learning during COVID-19. This page also includes all our learning lessons posted daily on social media. 
Check it out here: http://www.englishatlarge.org/resources/covid-19-information-and-resources-for-learners/

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English At Large Programs are running online this fall - giving you an opportunity to observe a Beginner English or Conversation Group virtually!  Interested? Let us know! ttp://bit.ly/EALGroups

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October is Community Engagement Month at English At Large! You are invited to virtually visit an online group program this fall. Complete this short interest form to learn more: bit.ly/EALGroups ... See MoreSee Less

October is Community Engagement Month at English At Large! You are invited to virtually visit an online group program this fall.  Complete this short interest form to learn more:  http://bit.ly/EALGroups

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Did you know that you do not have to pay to vote, file for unemployment, or receive COVID-19 test results? There are many scams targeting immigrants - be smart and safe: never give out personal or payment information to anyone you do not know! ow.ly/WZVW50Bhm2g ... See MoreSee Less

Did you know that you do not have to pay to vote, file for unemployment, or receive COVID-19 test results?  There are many scams targeting immigrants - be smart and safe: never give out personal or payment information to anyone you do not know!  http://ow.ly/WZVW50Bhm2g

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English Learners! Practice your English listening skills with this short, funny dialogue from Randall’s Cyber Listening Lab. "Home Repair" is best for advanced learners: www.esl-lab.com/difficult/home-repairs/ ... See MoreSee Less

English Learners!  Practice your English listening skills with this short, funny dialogue from Randall’s Cyber Listening Lab.  Home Repair is best for advanced learners: www.esl-lab.com/difficult/home-repairs/

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Have you ever wanted to see an EAL Program in action? We are inviting our community to connect with us in October by visiting a Conversation Group or Beginner English class. Complete this short interest form for more information: docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLScvI4-SD3q7qWIcYINZCwDuFw3GGa-0RrNpPC-B2BLo3qRHUg/viewform ... See MoreSee Less

Have you ever wanted to see an EAL Program in action? We are inviting our community to connect with us in October by visiting a Conversation Group or Beginner English class.  Complete this short interest form for more information:  https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLScvI4-SD3q7qWIcYINZCwDuFw3GGa-0RrNpPC-B2BLo3qRHUg/viewform
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