ENGLISH LANGUAGE INITIATIVES

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Helping immigrants acquire the skills needed to build better futures for themselves, their families, and their communities 

Learning English is critical for individuals to advance in their careers, support their children’s educational success, and participate fully and equitably in their community. The Crimsonbridge Foundation partners with English language programs to expand successful models, innovate through curriculum, and implement new technology. We make strategic investments for organizations to catalyze, seed innovation, and build organizational capacity to reach new learners.

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Since 2015, our community partners have provided affordable and high-quality English language instruction for more than 12,000 adults in the Greater Washington region. 

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In the Greater Washington region, the demand for adult English language programs is high. The Crimsonbridge Foundation’s goal is to support organizations striving to innovate and strategically advance their programs to best meet the needs of English language learners in the region. 

Our partnerships have helped organizations:

  • Design hybrid class models and digital learning tools  

  • Create mobile apps for English language learners to obtain additional instruction time outside of class.

  • Build a navigator system for English language learners at a local community college seeking to transition to academic or workforce training programs.

  • Develop industry-specific English language curricula focused on skills development in the culinary arts and hospitality.

  • Launch a culturally competent plan to pilot ESOL classes serving hard-to-reach populations.

  • Design a customized curriculum that combines academic and vocational learning, responding to the needs of students.

 

“Prior to the COVID-19 health crisis, and with support from the Crimsonbridge Foundation, the SCC ESOL program had launched an innovative hybrid class model for high level ESOL students. Due to this successful online/in-class model, SCC was able to quickly and seamlessly transition all of our instruction to an online format at the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic in order to ensure the safety of participants and staff while continuing to provide critical English language instruction to adult learners.”

 

Laura Irwin, ESOL Program Supervisor, Spanish Catholic Center