Shine a light: IALC language school ILI of Massachusetts offers free English for immigrants and refugees

Written by William Barber 12 February 2018

Shine a light: IALC language school ILI of Massachusetts offers free English for immigrants and refugees

As a leading association for the learning of languages abroad, one of the core values of IALC is to build a global community and foster international understanding through collaboration and sharing across the world.  

This year we’re pleased to announce the start of our new monthly feature that shines a light on the individual school programmes from our 144 centres that demonstrates our mission to promote cross-cultural understanding.    

First up is The International Language Institute of Massachusetts (ILI), which provides a hub of language learning services including: an Intensive English Program, World Languages, TESOL training, University Pathways and Free English for Immigrants and Refugees.  

Since 1988, ILI of Massachusetts has been welcoming international students and empowering individuals from diverse backgrounds by providing dynamic student-centered language instruction and they offer free English classes for area immigrants and refugees. The school provides four levels of English to area immigrants and refugees from beginner to high-intermediate, students study six hours per week. This is often supplemented with volunteer tutors and computer based programs in the school’s computer lab.  

The Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education and the United Way of Hampshire County provide the majority of the funding to run these classes. The remaining funds come from their tuition based programs as well as donations from generous community members.  

Take a look at this great video from María Teresa Cruz of Amherst, an immigrant from El Salvador, who has excelled in the International Language Institute's free English class.

We congratulate the The International Language Institute of Massachusetts (ILI) on this fantastic initiative and for more information click here.

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