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provides free, year-round English classes to immigrant and refugee adults in Greater Boston to help them become successful workers, parents and community members.

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informs Americans about the economic and social contributions of immigrants in our society.

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

To protect the health and safety of our students, their families, co-workers and the community as a whole, The Immigrant Learning Center has temporarily moved classes online during the Massachusetts state of emergency.

For more information please call (781) 322-9777 during office hours, Monday-Friday, 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM.

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June 7, 2021, 9:00 AM – 4:00 PM EDT

The ILC 22nd Annual Golf Classic

Join us for The Immigrant Learning Center’s 22nd Annual Golf Classic. This year’s event is being held at the Pine Brook Country Club in Weston, one of the finest private clubs in Massachusetts. COVID-19 precautions will be taken. Register today!

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Best 47 Books About Immigrants and Immigration for All Ages

Looking for a good book about the immigrant experience? We’ve got 47 great options that are by and about immigrants, including picture books, elementary and middle grade books, young adult books and books for adults.

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The ILC Immigrant Heroes Award Benefit

Immigrants were on the front lines in the pandemic, proving once again that we all benefit when we welcome newcomers to our country and our community. We celebrated these immigrant and refugee heroes on April 6, 2021. You can see a recording of the event here.

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Research Initiative: Immigrant Essential Workers of the Pandemic

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.

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Exploring Chinese American History

The ILC is alarmed by the wave of hate and violence against AAPI communities in the United States. As a resource to counter the misinformation and bigotry behind this, we are sharing a chapter from our book, Immigrant Struggles, Immigrant Gifts, for free.


April 22, 2021

Newsletter: Thanks to you, Fatma can see her family again

With your support, Fatma became a U.S. citizen. Now she can visit her children for the first time in more than seven years!


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.


JobMakers: A New Podcast About Immigrant Leaders

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 seventh episode featuring Amar Sawhney, who has founded eight companies, creating over 4,000 jobs and $2 billion in revenue!


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

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.

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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.

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December 14, 2020

From Our Blog: What to Watch: 32 Films, TV Series and Documentaries Featuring Immigrants

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.

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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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Fall 2020

Impact Update newsletter

Read about The ILC teachers supporting students from a distance, our new curriculum, our students’ stories and more.



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.


From the Immigrant Entrepreneur Hall of Fame to the annual Immigrant Entrepreneur Awards, The ILC Public Education Institute has amassed compelling evidence of immigrants’ contributions as entrepreneurs, and it’s curated for easy access on our Immigrant Entrepreneurship page.


Our book, Immigrant Struggles, Immigrant Gifts, brings insight to today’s immigration issues by examining the history of 11 different ethnic groups. Now in its second printing, the book is available for sale on Amazon. Don’t forget to start at smile.amazon.com.

Impact Stories

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Saddiqa left Afghanistan after her husband was killed by the Taliban. After living for a while with her brother in Pakistan, she and her children came to the United States…


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On January 12, 2010, Abdony returned to Port au Prince, Haiti, after visiting his wife and daughter in Boston. At 4:53 p.m. that day, a huge earthquake struck Haiti…


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When Maria’s children became adults living on their own, she decided to start a new life in the U.S…


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