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First Literacy Lab: ABCD’s Summer ESOL Gardening Class

ABCD developed this hands-on project after observing that many of their ESOL students had an interest in and experience with gardening, but did not know what plants grow in Boston and in many cases did not have enough room to garden.
“We experienced this disconnect last summer when we brought our conversation class to City Natives for a tour. The students spent an hour and a half comparing plants in their home countries and here, learning the names of edible, medicinal, and decorative plants, and talking about the gardens that they had at home. They were excited about the topic and this engagement helped them to interact with our tour guide almost entirely in English.”

The 11-10-02 Foundation Scholars

Since 2014, The 11-10-02 Foundation has funded First Literacy scholarships for adult learners. This March, The 11-10-02…

Adventures in Thumbholes

We were thrilled when we learned that an anonymous donor had run the 2015 Boston…

Lauretta’s Speech

First Literacy scholarship recipient Lauretta Brennan spoke about her experience as an adult learner at the…

Preparing Adult Learners for Social Studies and Science High-School Equivalency Test

First Literacy held the first of its two-session Professional Development Workshop Preparing Adult Learners for Social…

Brain-Based ESOL Instruction

  First Literacy held Session 1 of its Professional Development Workshop Smart Practice: Brain-Based ESOL…

Read for Change Fundraiser

We’re delighted to report that First Literacy’s Read for Change fundraiser was a huge success!…

Keeping Track of Our Scholars’ Success

It’s standard practice for us to keep track of First Literacy Scholarship recipients. We love to see…