THE IMMIGRANT LEARNING CENTER® (The 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 help immigrant and refugee adults in Greater Boston become successful workers, parents and community members.
THE PUBLIC EDUCATION INSTITUTE
informs Americans about immigrants and immigration in the United States.
The Immigrant Learning Center has partnered with Pioneer Institute to create JobMakers, a podcast highlighting risk-taking immigrants who create new products, services and jobs in New England and across the United States.
News & Events
December 8, 2:00-3:00 PM
Join The ILC for the webinar Immigrant Essential Workers During the COVID-19 Pandemic on Wednesday, December 8, from 2:00 to 3:00 PM EST. This webinar will explore The ILC’s new research report on the unique challenges and extraordinary contributions of immigrant workers during the COVID-19 crisis. Register now!
The ILC Public Education Institute is publishing a research report on immigrant workers in essential industries during the COVID-19 crisis. The report will cover both the enormous obstacles these workers have faced and the exceptional contributions that they have made. You can subscribe to receive updates on this vital topic.
Of the nearly 100,000 Afghan evacuees that the government plans to resettle, around 900 will soon be resettled in Massachusetts. Who are they, where will they go, who will help them and what does their future look like? Our new “Immigration Explainer” answers the big questions.
Rates of unaccompanied minors crossing the border have increased. These young migrants have unique strengths, challenges and needs that are distinct from immigrant children as a whole. Read The ILC’s blog post to discover how teachers can support them.
Read about The ILC students returning to the classroom, our book club for English language learners, our new educational resources for and about immigrants, our citizenship class and more.
October 27, 2021
Muna knows exactly what she likes best about becoming an American citizen. “The freedom,” she says. “I love this country very much.”
Meet Chobani founder Hamdi Ulukaya, the latest member of our Immigrant Entrepreneur Hall of Fame. His sense of social responsibility has set him apart as a CEO, with 10 percent of Chobani profits and $2 million of his own money going to philanthropic causes.
Immigrants have brought many diverse traditions from around the world that have shaped American holidays. Read The ILC’s blog post to discover how immigration has impacted Easter, Halloween, Hanukah, Christmas, Kwanzaa and New Year’s Eve.
Immigrants from Asia and Pacific Islands have made extraordinary contributions to the United States. Meet nine of them, including an Olympic athlete, an HIV/AIDS activist, a U.S. senator, a world-famous cellist and an astronaut!
Looking for a good book about the immigrant experience? We’ve got 50 great options that are by and about immigrants, including picture books, elementary and middle grade books, young adult books and books for adults.
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.