October 31, 2012
Immigrant Learning Center Inc. (ILC) in Malden, Massachusetts, is a wonderful organization of dedicated teachers and students. Currently serving approximately 400 students from around the world, the ILC has a waiting list for students of up to ten months, due to the high demand for its services by the immigrant community. The ILC's English-immersion program provides instruction known as "English for Speakers of Other Languages" (ESOL) rather than "English as a Second Language" (ESL), wisely acknowledging that many ILC students enter the ILC already speaking, writing, and reading two or more languages before they begin learning English. Many ILC, students, particularly women, lacked the opportunity to receive any formal education whatsoever before entering the ILC. ILC instruction develops student competency in speaking, writing, and reading English. As I begin my seventh month as a volunteer, I consider myself most fortunate to be a part of this stellar organization!
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