English Now! Learning Circles

Learn more about English Now! Learning Circles at World Education.

English Now! blended learning circles increase access to learning for English Language Learners (ELLs). Learning circles combine independent online learning with group sessions that foster peer learning and leadership development. Learners build digital literacy skills, become comfortable learning online, and develop self-efficacy as lifelong learners. World Education has hosted learning circles with over 20 project partners across 10 states over the past five years, serving approximately 700 learners.

English Now! provides a flexible, customizable framework through which programs offer online learning content for ELLs in virtual or face-to-face learning circles. Learning circles can serve learners with barriers to attending more time-intensive classes and help programs serve learners on waiting lists. Learning circles create a pipeline of learners who are prepared with digital skills, acclimated to program policies and materials, and ready for formal classes.

Adult learners have successfully participated in online learning now for several years and interest in remote programming is high. Programs view learning circles as a cost-effective part of their long-term, remote learning solution. World Education has developed expertise and a wealth of knowledge and resources during the three phases of English Now! and is equipped to assist programs in implementing learning circles in both remote and face-to-face settings. This project was generously supported by the Dollar General Literacy Foundation.

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Click here to access the Implementation Guide.

Questions? Contact the project director, Priyanka Sharma, at


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