Information and Resources for our Learners

Following the guidance and directives of state and local agencies, all English At Large in-person programs are currently suspended. We encourage our learners to do their part to help keep our communities healthy for all by following the recommendations on how to stay healthy and to practice social distancing. We know this is not easy.  We are thinking of you during these challenging times. The staff of English At Large are available to help and support you in your learning, and to help with any questions or concerns you may have. To contact English At Large staff email


VIDEO: COVID-19:  How to talk about the Coronavirus in English


Trusted Sources of Information On the Internet

It is important that you stay informed about new developments in the COVID-19 crisis. Here are some local organizations that are providing up-to-date information:

Massachusetts Immigrant & Refugee Advocacy Coalition This webpage has updated COVID-19 resources for local immigrants, the Official Website of the Massachusetts Government This site has up to date information on the government response to COVID-19

You can trust that the information on these pages is true and designed to help you.

Use Your Telephone To Find Help Meeting Your Basic Needs in Your Community

Call 2-1-1 From anywhere in Massachusetts


To Receive Updates from the State of Massachusetts by Text Message

Text COVIDMA to 888-777


Project Bread’s FoodSource Hotline


Project Bread’s FoodSource Hotline (1-800-645-8333) is a statewide, confidential resource line designated to help people across Massachusetts access a variety of food resources including the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP).  Hotline counselors can offer SNAP eligibility screenings and provide over-the-phone application assistance to help those who may be intimidated by the application process. You can also receive information on food pantries, community meals, and other low costs food programs. They are able to assist callers in 180 languages through their interpreter service.


Resources to Help You Continue to Practice Your English

We will post resources here and on our Facebook page to help you practice your English.  Follow us to stay connected with English At Large!

Listening Practice

Enjoy a 5-minute escape and practice English listening with this beautiful short film from the Visual English School site.   
Movie Lesson: “Via” — A man’s journey through life  

Learn new music vocabulary and idioms while enjoying another 5-minute film from Visual English School. 
Movie Lesson:  “A Sprinkle of Nostalgia” with music vocabulary and idioms

Improve your English listening skills in 32 minutes! Take the challenge and see how many questions you can answer!  
“32 Minutes of English Listening Practice for Beginners”. 

Find the words to all you favorite English songs at Try this one:  “Happy” by Pharrell Williams and sing along on YouTube.

Meet Angela and Peter. Peter plays video games and watches soccer all day.  His life is boring. Until… he moves to Mexico and meets Angela. Find out what happens!
Episode 1
Episode 2 
Episode 3

Practice your English listening skills with these short, funny dialogues from Randall’s Cyber Listening Lab
All levels, from Easy to Difficult.  Each Dialogue has audio, script, questions, vocabulary, and grammar exercises.
Dialogue Selection:
EASY: Daily Schedule Family Activities New Friends Phone Message
INTERMEDIATE: A Healthy Lifestyle Texting and Driving Dinner Recipes
DIFFICULT: Home Repairs Movie Theater Telemarketing

ELLLO has an extensive library of free audio and video lessons, with script.
Some lessons come with listening exercises and vocabulary descriptions.

A funny thing happened today when Lori was shopping for office supplies, and it involves an industrial-sized package of toilet paper rolls.  Listen to this podcast from Better at English and download the transcript to read along!

Listen and learn about the National Park Service in the United States in this short history lesson by Voice of America!

In honor of Volunteer Appreciation Week, we found this podcast in slow, spoken English from Culips on the history of volunteering in the United States, and the different ways that volunteers make a difference! 

Running on fumes from The English We Speak What can you say when you have no energy? Learn a new English expression!

Are you new to the United States and need help with basic English, including how to say hello, have a conversation or ask questions? These videos from Rachel’s English may help!

Listen to these English Conversations from and see if you can answer the questions.  Each conversation has a written dialogue, too. 

What do you love to do?  What do you hate to do?  Listen to a 5-minute conversation with Todd and Meg to hear what they love to do.

English in a Minute – “Cabin Fever” Here’s a phrase we’ve all been hearing more often recently… What is “cabin fever?” Find out in this English in a Minute video!

More English in a Minute videos here:

Listen and Repeat English sentences to practice speaking in English:

Practice your English with this short clip from The Incredibles:

Enjoy a 5-minute escape and practice English listening with this charming short film from the Visual English School site:

Practice your English listening skills with this short dialogue on Texting & Driving from Randall’s Cyber Listening Lab. The dialogue has audio, script, questions, vocabulary, and grammar exercises:



Speaking Practice

Learn new phrases for Conversation!  The ESLGold website has short videos to help you practice common phrases for all levels of English, from Beginner to Advanced.

Beginner Level Phrases for Conversation: Introductions Asking for repetition
Intermediate Level Phrases for Conversation: Asking for opinions Asking for Details Interrupting
Advanced Level Phrases for Conversation: Paraphrasing

Practice your English Pronunciation with 2-second sentences.  Listen to the sentences and repeat:

What does it mean to “Talk Shop”? Learn a new English expression:

Grammar Practice

Love playing computer games?  Try these fun, interactive online games on to sharpen your grammar skills!

The Using English site has online exercises to practice all areas of English grammar.  Click on the topic you want to practice.

Sharpen your GRAMMAR skills with a short daily video from the ELLLO website. 
Click your level below and choose a video:
Low Beginner
Mid Beginner
High Beginner
Low Intermediate
Mid Intermediate

Check out these clickable photo sets to practice grammar and vocabulary!

Writing Practice

Want to improve your writing skills at home? Check out Write&Improve for writing prompts at all levels, and get instant corrections and feedback on your writing:

Vocabulary Practice

Try the 5-minute crossword puzzle challenge to practice vocabulary.  Five levels, from ‘Easy’ to ‘Difficult’.

Have some fun today with this crossword puzzle and learn some colorful English expressions!

Practice your vocabulary with this fun crossword puzzle. How well do you know the English words for parts of the body?

Do you like to cook?  Learn the English words for things in your kitchen with this short quiz from

Learn the English words for things in your home with this quiz from

Here are three fun quizzes to practice English vocabulary, from

Verb Practice #1 Learn 12 new English verbs with Verb Quiz #1  from

Verb Practice #2  Ready for more verb practice?  Learn 12 more English verbs with Verb Quiz #2 from

Verb Practice #3 Ready for more verb practice?  Learn 12 more English verbs with Verb Quiz #3 from  

Vocabulary Master Quiz  Can you name these 71 things in English?  Try this Master Quiz from 

Adjective Practice  Do you know these 27 adjectives?  Try this master challenge from a4esl 

What are you afraid of? Read this short short “A Serious Case” and complete the tasks to check your understanding.

Read these Short Stories with Big Ideas to help build your English vocabulary:

What tools to you use at home? Learn the English words for household tools with this short quiz:

Free Rice Free Rice is an online game that can help you build English vocabulary, while also helping to feed those in need. Set the level of English (easy to difficult) and you are ready to play!