THE IMMIGRANT LEARNING CENTER® (ILC) OF MALDEN, MA,
IS A NOT-FOR-PROFIT ORGANIZATION THAT GIVES IMMIGRANTS A VOICE IN THREE WAYS.
THE ENGLISH LANGUAGE PROGRAM
provides free, year-round English classes to immigrant and refugee adults in Greater Boston to help them become successful workers, parents and community members.
THE PUBLIC EDUCATION INSTITUTE
informs Americans about the economic and social contributions of immigrants in our society.
April 6, 2021, 5:30-6:30 PM EDT
The Immigrant Learning Center honored the immigrant heroes who are getting us through this pandemic at The ILC Immigrant Heroes Award Benefit.
CLICK HERE to enter our the virtual event environment, explore interactive resources and view a recording of the live event.
News & Events
The ILC Public Education Institute is conducting a research project on immigrant essential workers in the health care and food industries during the COVID-19 pandemic. You can subscribe to receive updates on this vital topic.
The Classic, held at the Pine Brook Country Club, funds our free English classes for immigrants. The event sells out every year, so sign up early. COVID-19 precautions will be taken so everyone can safely enjoy the event.
March 30, 2021
From Our Blog: Eight Famous Women Immigrants in the United States
This Women’s History Month, we’re highlighting the stories of eight extraordinary women immigrants. Despite the limits that are often placed on women and immigrants, these eight pioneers have made impressive contributions in many fields.
The Immigrant Learning Center has partnered with the Pioneer Institute to create a podcast highlighting risk-taking immigrants who create new products, services and jobs in New England and across the United States. Check out our third episode featuring Sandro Catanzaro, an immigrant entrepreneur whose technology has been used by NASA!
The Immigrant Learning Center has created a collection of resources for the COVID-19 pandemic. Please bookmark and share widely, as we will continue to add resources to support all members of our communities in this crisis.
March 12, 2021
Newsletter: Andrea is a New American hero
Andrea works for the U.S. Postal Service. Being an essential worker in the middle of a pandemic isn’t easy, especially when you don’t know enough English to communicate with your coworkers. With your support, Andrea was able to improve her English in The ILC classes, and she says, “Now I know very much.”
From our Immigrant Entrepreneur Hall of Fame: Arianna Huffington
The ILC has added CEO and media icon Arianna Huffington to the Immigrant Entrepreneur Hall of Fame. Her news blog, the Huffington Post, has shaped the modern digital media landscape.
February 17, 2020
Newsletter: This new American considers you family
Passing the civics exam is a major challenge for many new Americans. Jaime didn’t just pass his interview and exam, he was sworn in as a citizen the same afternoon! After taking our Citizenship Class, he feels like he is part of The ILC family.
December 14, 2020
Having trouble figuring out to watch? This curated list of films, TV series and documentaries highlighting immigrants and immigration stories could give you some ideas.
The ILC has created a free curriculum and learning guide based on Welcome to the New World, by Jake Halpern, a nonfiction graphic novel following the Aldabaans, a family of Syrian refugees. The curriculum is suitable for English or social studies classes in grades seven to 11.
What makes us unique?
There is no place on Earth quite like The Immigrant Learning Center. Our well-resourced, award-winning direct services to immigrants and refugees combined with research and education for the American public on immigration issues gives us a truly unique perspective. The ILC is:
Public and Private
We receive 75 percent of our funds from the private sector and only 25 percent from government agencies. This unusually high percentage of private funding gives us the flexibility to innovate and respond rapidly to changing needs.
We offer English classes five days a week. That’s up to 15 hours a week of instruction, very rare for a free program. This intensive schedule accelerates learning and shortens the time it takes our students to reach their goals.
To date, we have helped more than 10,500 immigrant and refugee adults living in 94 communities across Massachusetts. By helping them learn English, we help them pursue their dreams. The impact is felt throughout the region by their families, employers, customers, neighbors and more.
Americans from coast to coast learn about the positive impact of immigrants through The ILC Public Education Institute’s webinars, conference presentations and our Immigration Research Library, and through the data and research generated by our partnership with the Institute for Immigration Research.
The ILC’s Literacy Program gives hope to students who struggle in traditional English classes. Students who have low or no literacy in their native language, or who have related learning challenges, receive individualized attention from teachers and trained volunteers. The Literacy Program serves as a model, and we are frequently asked to share our expertise with other programs throughout the region.
Collaboration is the key to doing more with less. The Public Education Institute’s webinars are presented by experts in a variety of fields from across the country. The English Language Program partners with job placement, training and educational institutions to help our students reach their goals. Both programs offer their expertise to help others give immigrants a voice.