English Together served hundreds of immigrant workers in nearby communities.
English Together brings together and creates rich connections between ordinary speakers of English and low-wage, immigrant workers by preparing volunteers to serve as one-on-one “practice partners” in workplace English.
From its beginning as a service-learning Cardinal Course at Stanford University, English Together has served hundreds of Stanford students who engaged in coaching campus custodians through the Habla el Dia and Habla la Noche programs as well as immigrant workers in nearby communities.
Impact & Consequences
Volunteers comment positively on the value of getting to know people very different from themselves.
Workers report success, for example, in passing credentialing examinations, in understanding their young children’s assignments, in participating in parent-teacher conferences without an interpreter, in eavesdropping on workplace conversations, and in navigating Craigslist ads to find new housing.
Make A difference NOW
Volunteers support immigrants in developing practical, every-day, workplace English.
English Together was founded in 2021 by Guadalupe Valdés, the Bonnie Katz Tenenbaum Professor of Education, Emerita at Stanford University.
The initiative builds on Valdés’ experience of over 25 years and working with college-age volunteers in various projects and surrounding communities including Ravenswood English and Ingles Personal in East Palo Alto, Redwood City, and Mountain View, California.
What past coaches have to say
Many adult English learners are linguistically isolated in minority communities. They have few opportunities to interact with supportive English speakers. Working one-on-one with a “practice-partner” helps learners develop the English that they need to use every day.
“In no way did I think my contributions were insignificant, but it dawned on me that by just being present, I will have fulfilled a need of the underserved English learning community. As long as I do everything in my power to be prepared to serve the learner, then I have succeeded.”
“Being able to work with a hard-working mother, who has recently arrived to the U.S. I have become much more aware of the need to participate and motivate others to take courses like this one, classes that benefit and uplift our community!”
“Coaching Everyday English helped me make an impact on Esther’s life, and on her mine. I will never forget my experience with Esther, my practical learning on language coaching, and the broader community based insight I achieved.”
Our board is made up of individuals committed to education and public service.
Bonnie Katz Tenenbaum Professor of Education, Emerita at Stanford University
Lily Wong Fillmore
Jerome Hutto Professor of Education, Emerita, University of California at Berkeley
Bernard R. Gifford
Professor Emeritus, University of California, Berkeley
Chairman & president of the Latino Education Advancement Foundation
Patti Constantakis, PhD
Director on the Economic Opportunity team for Walmart.org
Our advisors are individuals committed to education and public service.