First Literacy Lab – Funded Projects



FirstLiteracyLab

We are proud to support 12 well-established Adult Basic Education (ABE) and English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) programs with $58,385 of funding for projects that will serve over 600 students in the Greater Boston Area during the 2017 – 2018 academic year.  Listed below are recent First Literacy Lab funded projects.

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2017 – 2018 First Literacy Lab Funded Projects

Reading for Our Journeys

This project will expand availability of high beginning/low intermediate reading materials that support the Asian Task Force Against Domestic Violence (ATASK)’s educational and psychosocial objectives.
Partner Program: ATASK
Neighborhood: Boston
Students Served: 8
Award amount: $5,000

Book Club

In this program teachers will establish a weekly class-like book club for students in all levels of ESOL instruction.
Partner Program: Boston Chinatown Neighborhood Network (BCNC)
Neighborhood: Chinatown
Students Served: 75
Award amount: $5,000

GACC Magazine of Student Writing

In this project instructors will develop a year-long program of integrating student writing into all levels of their curriculum.
Partner Program: Gilbert Albert Community Center (GACC)
Neighborhood: Dorchester
Students Served: 45
Award amount: $5,000

Creating a Comprehensive Technology Curriculum for ESOL and ABE Students

This project will support the program’s newly-identified computer literacy teacher in developing curriculum materials for computer instruction across the program’s levels.
Partner Program: Haitian Multiservice Center (HMSC)
Neighborhood: Dorchester
Students Served: 150
Award amount: $5,000

Learner’s Permit Preparation for Refugees and Immigrants

In this project IINE will provide a Learner’s Permit Preparation training course for English for Employment (EFE) students.
Partner Program: International Institute of New England (IINE)
Neighborhood: Lowell
Students Served: 30
Award amount: $5,000

From Exposure to Mastery: Helping Adult ELLs Develop Content Knowledge in Math

With this project educators will develop and apply ways to integrate math into the ESOL curriculum through contextualized instruction.
Partner Program: Jamaica Plain Community Center Adult Learning Program (JPCCALP)
Neighborhood: Jamaica Plain
Students Served: 130
Award amount: $5,000

ESOL for the Home Health Aid Career

Instructors will create an ESOL class with curriculum designed to strengthen the clinical component of Home Health Aid training.
Partner Program: Mujeres Unidas Avanzando (MUA)
Neighborhood: Dorchester
Students Served:
 20
Award amount: $5,000

Walking, Weather, and Writing

This grant will fund a multidisciplinary team-based curriculum, blending content areas of health/fitness, science, discovery of local natural resources, journaling, and oral presentation.
Partner Program: Quincy Asian Resources
Neighborhood: Quincy
Students Served:
 12
Award amount: $5,000

SCALE Connections

This project, which is the continuation of a successful Year 1 grant, will help English language learners practice conversation skills and build connections in the English-speaking community.
Partner Program: Somerville Center for Adult Learning Experiences (SCALE)
Neighborhood: Somerville
Students Served:
 40
Award amount: $5,000

ESOL Computer Basics

In this project instructors will design and implement a basic computer class for ESOL students to prepare them to use USA Learns as a wait list lead into ESOl classes.
Partner Program: South Middlesex Opportunity Council (SMOC)
Neighborhood: Framingham
Students Served: 45
Award amount: $5,000

Building Language Through Art

This project will target level one students in a 7-week program focusing on poetry and visual arts to encourage accelerated English language acquisition.
Partner Program: St. Mark Community Education Program
Neighborhood: Dorchester
Students Served: 25
Award amount: $3,385

Computer Literacy and Leadership Development

Building on a 2016 – 2017 Literacy Lab grant, this project will offer computer literacy classes using more experienced students as assistants to build leadership skills.
Partner Program: Welcome Project
Neighborhood: Somerville
Students Served:
 30
Award amount: $5,000

 

2016-2017 LITERACY LAB FUNDED PROJECTS

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: ATASK
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: ATASK
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: Boston Center—Youth & Families (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 PowerPoint presentation by the end of the class.
Partner Program: Welcome Project
Neighborhood: Somerville
Students Served:
 30
Award amount: $5,000