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GIVING IMMIGRANTS A
VOICE SINCE 1992

THE IMMIGRANT LEARNING CENTER® (The ILC) OF MALDEN, MA,
IS A NOT-FOR-PROFIT ORGANIZATION THAT GIVES IMMIGRANTS A VOICE IN THREE WAYS.

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THE ENGLISH LANGUAGE PROGRAM

provides free, year-round ESOL (English for Speakers of Other Languages) classes to help immigrant and refugee adults in Greater Boston become successful workers, parents and community members.

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THE PUBLIC EDUCATION INSTITUTE

informs Americans about immigrants and immigration in the United States.

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THE INSTITUTE FOR IMMIGRATION RESEARCH

a joint venture with George Mason University, conducts research on the economic contributions of immigrants.

The ILC is currently holding most classes in-person while maintaining COVID-19 safety practices for the safety of our students, staff and community.

 

To register for classes, please come to The Immigrant Learning Center at 442 Main Street in Malden, MA.

Our hours are Monday through Friday, from 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM.

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Senator Edward Markey pays tribute to The ILC Founder and CEO Diane Portnoy

In honor of The ILC’s 30th anniversary, Massachusetts Senator Edward Markey read a tribute to The ILC Founder and CEO Diane Portnoy into the Congressional Record.

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Celebrating 30 Years of Giving Immigrants a Voice

To mark our 30th anniversary, The ILC has created a video that celebrates the accomplishments of the past three decades and looks forward to giving immigrants a voice in the years to come.

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2022 Annual Report

Learn how The Immigrant Learning Center gave immigrants a voice in fiscal year 2022 in our inaugural Annual Report. The report features information about our updated digital literacy program, new suite of resources for educators, student stories and more.

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Educator Resource Hub

The ILC has created and curated more than 100 resources for teachers of immigrants and immigration. Search our collections on topics like immigrant trauma, ESOL and immigration lesson plans for all ages. All provided resources are free.

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Research Initiative: Immigrant Essential Workers During the COVID-19 Pandemic

The ILC Public Education Institute has published a research report on immigrant workers in essential industries during the COVID-19 crisis. The report covers both the enormous obstacles these workers have faced and the exceptional contributions that they have made.

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JobMakers Podcast: Immigrant Entrepreneurs and Leaders

The ILC Public Education Institute has partnered with the Pioneer Institute to create JobMakers, a podcast highlighting the stories of immigrant entrepreneurs and leaders. Tune in to hear the stories of a former Afghan translator turned refugee, a woman who started a hedge fund from her dorm room, a venture capitalist who invests in immigrants and more!

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Nine Famous Latinx Immigrants

People from Latin America have contributed deeply to the United States since its founding. From activists to performers to entrepreneurs to astronauts, exceptional foreign-born Latinx Americans have played vital and often overlooked roles in the history of the U.S.

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Key Takeaways of the “Immigrant Essential Workers During the COVID-19 Pandemic” Research Report

Get the highlights of The ILC’s latest research report, “Immigrant Essential Workers During the COVID-19 Pandemic,” and learn how foreign-born workers have supported all Americans throughout the COVID-19 crisis.

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October 26, 2022

Newsletter: Your support and her determination proved the American Dream is still alive

Becoming a citizen is hard for anyone, but it can pose special challenges for new Americans with disabilities. For Disability Awareness and History Month, meet Marilou, a Filipino American student at The ILC who is one such new American.

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How Immigration Has Enriched American Holidays and Traditions

Immigrants and refugees from all over the world have brought their unique, diverse traditions to popular holidays in the United States. Read to learn just some of the ways immigration has shaped our celebration of Labor Day, Halloween, Veteran’s Day, Thanksgiving, Hanukkah, Christmas, Kwanzaa, New Year’s Eve and Easter.

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Resources for Immigrants, Parents and Educators during COVID-19 Crisis

To help guide us through the COVID-19 crisis, The ILC Public Education Institute has compiled resources for immigrants, refugees, parents and educators. Please bookmark and share this page to help people stay safe, informed and healthy.

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Welcome to the New World Curriculum and Learning Guide

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.

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