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GIVING IMMIGRANTS A
VOICE SINCE 1992

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.

THE INSTITUTE FOR IMMIGRATION RESEARCH

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 suspended classes during the Massachusetts state of emergency. 

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

The Immigrant Learning Center’s 22nd Annual Golf Classic

The Classic held at the Pine Brook Country Club funds our efforts to provide free English classes for immigrants and spread accurate information about immigrants as assets to America, and is a whole lot of fun. The event sells out every year, so sign up early.

News & Events

From the Boston Globe: Daughter of Holocaust Survivors Built Program That Has Helped Over 10,500 American Immigrants

The Boston Globe profiled Diane Portnoy, The ILC founder and CEO. Diane Portnoy was just three years old when she arrived at Ellis Island in 1949. As an adult with multiple degrees in education, she founded The ILC to help immigrants like her and her parents build a better life for themselves in America.

The Immigrant Learning Center’s 22nd Annual Golf Classic

The Classic held at the Pine Brook Country Club funds our efforts to provide free English classes for immigrants and spread accurate information about immigrants as assets to America, and is a whole lot of fun. The event sells out every year, so sign up early.

From our blog: The Oscars Highlight the Contributions of Immigrants

From the very first Academy Award to 2020 nominees, international talent stands out at the American film industry’s biggest night.

From our blog: GENERATION Z, DIVERSITY AND FAKE NEWS: How teachers can help these highly diverse students make sense of the modern world

Educators are teaching increasingly diverse classrooms in an increasingly tense political atmosphere. Our blog post previews our upcoming free webinar for educators on how they can help safeguard their students against disinformation and bias in the age of fake news.

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Working Together: How Community Colleges and Their Partners Help Immigrants Succeed

The ILC Public Education Institute Director Denzil Mohammed authored the chapter Reflective Narrative: How Community Colleges can Reframe the Immigration Narrative in this book published October 2019 by Rowman & Littlefield and the American Association of Community Colleges.

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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 80 percent of our funds from the private sector and only 20 percent from government agencies. This unusually high percentage of private funding gives us the flexibility to innovate and respond rapidly to changing needs.

Intense

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.

Local

To date, we have helped more than 10,000 immigrant and refugee adults living in 94 communities across eastern Massachusetts, By helping them learn English, we help them pursue their dreams. The impact is felt throughout the region by their families, their employers, customers, neighbors and more.

National

Americans from coast to coast learn about the positive impact of immigrants through The ILC Public Education Institute’s webinars, conference presentations and curated database of Immigration Research, and through the data and research generated by our partnership with the Institute for Immigration Research.

Customized

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.

Collaborative

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 in the field give immigrants a voice.

Entrepreneurial

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.

Published

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

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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ABDONY

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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MARIA

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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