ESOL FOR SOCIAL JUSTICE AT THE BWC
English for Speakers of Other Languages: Gaining Voice in our Communities
The Brazilian Worker Center’s ESOL program for adults operates on two levels, (1) beginner and (2) advanced introductory, and has been funded since 2013 by English for New Bostonians (ENB). The ENB network includes 22 agencies throughout the city of Boston who coordinate our educational work, meet regularly, and receive common support from ENB central staff.
Our goal has been to offer high quality ESOL classes to non-native speaker English language learners living in Greater Boston, and especially in the Allston-Brighton area. Most of our students are Brazilians but our classes also encompass students of at least a dozen other nationalities.
At the BWC, we approach this instruction in part through an original, BWC-designed curriculum that emphasizes social and economic justice, students’ learning the rights given them under state and federal law, and that introduces them to beginning knowledge of how they can become better integrated as active participants in the civic life of their communities and US society.