First Literacy Lab – Funded Projects

FirstLiteracyLab

We’re proud to support 12 well-established ABE/ESOL programs with $66,071 of funding for 15 projects that will serve over 400 students in the Greater Boston Area. The following are the First Literacy Lab funded projects for the 2016-2017 academic year.

Learn more about these innovative classes and initiatives at our annual First Literacy Lab Project Presentations on Friday, October 28. Register here.

Summer ESOL Gardening Class

Students will receive both ESOL instruction and hands-on experience on the environment, gardening, plants and vegetables, comparing practices in their countries and the US, a garden educator from City Natives involved in the project.
Partner Program: ABCD
Neighborhood: Mattapan
Students Served: 15
Award amount: $4,726

Reading and Writing Skills in Leveled ESOL Classes

This project will pilot multi-level instruction, making for instruction targeted at students’ varied English levels in reading, writing, listening and speaking.

Partner Program: Asian Task Force Against Violence
Neighborhood: Boston
Students Served: 30
Award amount: $5,000

Increasing Impact of Volunteers

In this Program Strengthening pilot, students will benefit from more extensive and effective volunteer-led ESOL instruction.

Partner Program: Asian Task Force Against Violence
Neighborhood: Boston
Students Served: 30
Award amount: $5,000

Writing Techniques for Personal Goals and Improvement

Students will be given additional instruction and resources to develop their writing skills, for their high-school equivalency and their academics and professional next steps.

Partner Program: BCYF Perkins Adult Learning Program
Neighborhood: Dorchester
Students Served: 25
Award amount: $4,490

WeChat Video Lessons:  A Fun Way for Chinese Speakers to Overcome Pronunciation Issues

Video lessons using WeChat will be developed and implemented.  These lessons will allow students to improve their English pronunciation in a format already familiar to them.

Partner Program: Boston Chinatown Neighborhood Network (BCNC)
Neighborhood: Chinatown
Students Served: 35
Award amount: $5,000

Digital Memoir Project  for Immigrant Seniors

Immigrant seniors will be preserving their life stories through images and text, an e-book created to record their experiences, so they will continue to live, to be shared through time.

Partner Program: Brookline Learning Project
Neighborhood: Brookline
Students Served: 16
Award amount: $3,850

Administrative Assistant  Preparation Class

This pilot class will train adult learners for jobs as a administrative assistants.  Filing, record keeping, phone etiquette, and computer skills will be taught, with job referrals also part of the model.

Partner Program: Charlestown Adult Education /BHA Charlestown
Neighborhood: Charlestown
Students Served: 15
Award amount: $5,000

Professional and Academic Discourse

Basic remedial writing will be addressed in this project, with lessons on grammar, formal vs. informal English, and sentence structure, all to prepare students for their next academic or professional step.

Partner Program: Charlestown Adult Education /BHA Charlestown
Neighborhood: Charlestown
Students Served:
 15
Award amount: $5,000

Computer Tool Tech “Free Way”

Program students will receive instruction and do hands-on work with computers, forming and Information Technology (IT) Lab.  Students will learn and get experience upgrading, maintaining, securing, and customizing computers.

Partner Program: Mujeres Unidas Avanzando (MUA)
Neighborhood: Dorchester
Students Served:
 12
Award amount: $5,000

Digital Space-Repetition Curriculum for Low-Level English Learners

A digital, spaced-repetition system will be developed for low-level English learners using ANKI, an open-source program for combining text, image, and audio digital flashcards.

Partner Program: Project Literacy
Neighborhood: Watertown
Students Served:
 15
Award amount: $4,989

Extending Extended Reading for Community ESOL

This grant will fully integrate the program’s extensive reading project begun last year, enabling teachers to collaborate and plan how to make extensive reading a key component of their ESOL classes.

Partner Program: Quincy Asian Resources
Neighborhood: Quincy
Students Served:
 81
Award amount: $3,526

SCALE Connections

Volunteers from the local community will be recruited, trained and will provide small-group tutoring for program students, the model based on Intercambio in Boulder, Colorado.  Events will be held for students and community members, including potlucks, dances, and field trips.

Partner Program: SCALE
Neighborhood: Somerville
Students Served:
 40
Award amount: $5,000

ESOL Curriculum Strengthening Project

This program will strengthen its ESOL program with the purchase and pilot usage of a textbook series and development and trial of curriculum developed to complement it.

Partner Program: Vietnamese American Civic Association
Neighborhood: Dorchester
Students Served:
 60
Award amount: $4,490

Computer Literacy for Immigrants

Computer Literacy classes will be piloted in this project, instruction including MS Word, keyboarding, online basics, and emailing. Students will be giving Power-Point presentation by the end of the class.

Partner Program: Welcome Project
Neighborhood: Somerville
Students Served:
 30
Award amount: $5,000