English Now! Learning Circles

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Adult Learners in English Now! Program giving thumbs up

Many immigrants who want to study English cannot for a variety of reasons including program wait lists or classes whose schedules or duration conflict with their work schedules and/or family care responsibilities. The English Now! model provides English language learning opportunities through weekly study groups (learning circles) where learners independently study through online English courses or on mobile apps and then come together for discussion and support.

With a grant from Dollar General Literacy Foundation, and in collaboration with Peer 2 Peer University (P2PU), World Education’s EdTech Center designed and piloted learning circles in a project called English Now! in five New England adult education programs from 2016-2018.

Building on the success and learnings of the pilot project, World Education launched a national scale-up of English Now! which extended learning access to over 320 English Language Learners (ELLs) at 10 programs in CA, DC, MD, PA, VA, IL, NY and TX. For many of the programs, this scale-up of English Now! was the first time they had used mobile apps for learning English with their learners, so the learning circles became an incubator for ideas on how to scale the use of apps to their wider programs. Learners hone their digital literacy skills as they start using online programs and mobile apps, develop self-efficacy, and learn strategies for how to be successful in more formal classes. Due to the popularity and success of the learning circles, all ten programs will continue to offer learning circles to serve the needs of their learners. The scale-up of English Now! was supported by the Dollar General Literacy Foundation.

Learn more about English Now! on our blog posts, “Learning Circles Address Waitlists for English Classes”, “Engaging Adult Learners on Waiting Lists Using Learning Circles” and “8 Tips for Implementing Learning Circles in Any Program.” See our Implementation Guide and English Now! Scale-Up webinar in our Resources section for more specifics about how you can get started with learning circles.

For more information, contact the project director, Priyanka Sharma, at priyanka_sharma@worlded.org.


learning circle

Photo credit: Brenda Seng
Learning Circle at Immigrant Learning Center, Malden, MA


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June 29, 2017

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