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ENGLISH LANGUAGE INITIAVES

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

Learning English is critical for individuals to improve their employment opportunities, support their children’s educational success, and become citizens. The Crimsonbridge Foundation partners with English language programs seeking to expand successful models, innovate through curriculum, or implement new technology. In addition to English language classes, many of these organizations provide workplace training, citizenship classes, entrepreneurship opportunities, and important social services.

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Since 2015, our community partners have provided affordable and high-quality English language instruction for more than 11,000 adults in the Greater Washington region.

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In the Greater Washington region, the demand for adult English language programs is high. 11% of the population in the Greater Washington region self-identifies as Limited English Proficient, meaning they speak English “less than very well” (compared to 8.6% of US residents). Our goal is to support organizations striving to innovate and strategically advance their programs to best meet the needs of this community.

Our partnerships have helped organizations:

  • Create a new English language curriculum focused on skills development in the culinary arts

  • Pilot new ESOL classes designed to serve hard-to-reach populations

  • Launch an initiative at a local community college to help English language learners transition to academic or workforce training programs

  • Develop a mobile app for English language learners to provide additional instruction time outside of class

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“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