Cross-Cultural Connection

We believe cross-cultural connection is extremely important in building a better MetroWest for all. See below for many wonderful opportunities:

For Individuals:

  • Become a volunteer ESOL teacher or one-on-one tutor

  • Help us host a party for one of our ESOL classes

  • Host one of our ESOL classes at your business for a field trip

  • Serve on our board

For Parishes and Organizations:

  • Become a partner parish, sharing your resources to help build a better MetroWest

  • Set up an ESOL class at your parish, with consulting provided

  • Partner with us for an immigration advocacy workshop

  • Request a speaker for your outreach meeting, adult forum, or Sunday service

 ESOL students and volunteer teachers on a field trip to a pharmacy to learn English words for different medicines and health problems.

ESOL students and volunteer teachers on a field trip to a pharmacy to learn English words for different medicines and health problems.


Português Plus (for children)

 Students learn about currency in Brazil and Portuguese words for money.

Students learn about currency in Brazil and Portuguese words for money.

Português Plus is a Portuguese language and Brazilian heritage program for children ages 5-14. Our goal is to support the proliferation of language and culture in families. At a glance:

  • Classes meet from 10am-12pm on Saturdays, with locations in both Framingham and Marlborough, MA

  • Our program follows the academic calendar, running from September to June

  • Portuguese classes focusing on Brazilian culture and geography, with art, music, crafts, folklore, and drama

  • Curriculum developed in consultation with experts from the University of Massachusetts

  • All teachers are professionals who hold college degrees from Brazil and are trained in First Aid, CPR, and the prevention of child abuse

  • Parent participation and involvement

  • $55 per month, with discounted rates for families with multiple children enrolled and scholarships for those who qualify for free or reduced lunch

 

 


English Plus (ESOL for adults)

 English Plus students at our Marlborough location work on activities about wellness and anatomy during class. Photo by Elizabeth Kholer.

English Plus students at our Marlborough location work on activities about wellness and anatomy during class. Photo by Elizabeth Kholer.

We offer classes for different levels of language proficiency, all focusing on the skills needed in everyday life: meeting new people, medical issues, money, driving, and much more. Our highly affordable classes are taught by volunteers who are native English speakers. We use an award-winning, dynamic curriculum called Intercambio. Students are given a short test during the registration process to ensure that they are placed in the class that is right for them.

Our classes go beyond learning English - we focus on cross-cultural social interaction that strengthens communities. We achieve this goal through field trips and parties that bring native and non-native English speakers together. 

 


Immigrant Rights and Advocacy

We have partnered with agencies such as MetroWest Legal Services to bring clinics on the following topics:

  • Know Your Rights for Immigrants

  • The US Public Educational System

  • Mental Health Care

  • The US Healthcare System

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