Success stories

English At Large programs are life changing!

Through our network of highly trained and supported volunteers, more than 6,000 hours of service is delivered in 24 local communities each year.  EAL programs help local immigrants acquire the English language skills and cultural knowledge they need to:

  • Attain Citizenship
  • Secure meaningful employment and advance their career
  • Access community resources
  • Attend to their health and that of their children
  • Participate in their children’s education
  • Engage in community activities
  • Enroll in training or higher education
    … begin a new life in the United States!

With the support of our community, in 2021, despite the challenges of the pandemic and the barriers to virtual instruction:

  • 152 learners in our Conversation Groups improved their understanding and speaking confidence
  • 67 learners in our Tutoring Program improved their English and achieved at least one life goal
  • 17 learners enrolled in our 15-week Career Group Program; 9 secured employment in their professional field
  • 6 learners applied for a job in the U.S. for the first time
  • 6 learners attended a community event for the very first time
  • 3 learners enrolled in post-secondary education
  • 2 learners obtained citizenship

In addition, 75% of these learners, when surveyed, responded that they would recommend EAL programs to friends and family, 75% have made friends and supportive connections and 52% responded that our programs have substantially improved their quality of life.

Meet Our CAL Learners

The Career Access Lab addresses the need of highly-skilled and credentialed immigrants for support in navigating the U.S. workforce.  CAL provides instruction, resume review and mock interview skill practice and career mentor support to help local immigrants realize their career potential.  In 2019, 90% of CAL learners obtained employment in their professional field. Meet just a few of these professionals here….

Meet Kathy and Babak

Kathy and Babak are learners in the English At Large One-to-One Tutoring Program. As a married couple they came to the United States with their son from Iran in 2010.

They spoke little English and the transition was hard for the family — they had no relatives in the area. They had no one to guide them on how much an apartment should cost, where to live, how to rent a car, or provide other vital information.

“When we came here we didn’t have anything and it was hard” explains Kathy. This process was made harder by the language barrier. “We didn’t know English, and it was horrible.”  Read more …

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800 West Cummings Park, Suite 5550
Woburn, MA 01801
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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
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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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