Why It Matters


Bringing People Together

English Together addresses the two-fold challenge of building community and providing opportunities for immigrant workers to develop practical English-speaking skills. Workers become more confident in using English. Workers and volunteers come together breaking down barriers and building trust.

Watch Julia interact at her school
Meet Julia, a single mom with two young children

Julia has a young daughter who has severe asthma and misses school frequently. When Julia goes by the school office to pick up the homework, she often struggles to speak to the staff and cannot get what she needs for her daughter. Julia needs help with practical, everyday English.

How Volunteering as a "Practice Partner" Works

The time commitment needed is only around 1 hour a week for 10 weeks, and can be flexible around your schedule. If you’re not able to make that commitment, consider making a donation, which also helps support us!

Our initiative builds on over 25 years of experience of working with college-age volunteers in various projects including Ravenswood English and Ingles Personal sin surrounding communities such as East Palo Alto, Redwood City, and Mountain View, California.

You can meet with your learner on our weekly Zoom meeting, or you can meet with your learner face-to-face at a time and place convenient to both of you.


Have questions, or want to learn more? Please feel free to email us at info@englishtogether.org

Why It Matters

Work-place English is critical for immigrant workers if they are to contribute fully to the nation and to reach their fullest potential.

Interactional skills especially are indispensable for everyday living, for succeeding in the workforce, for participating in civic society, and as a gateway to economic opportunity. 

What We Know:

Access to acquiring English skills is persistently limited for immigrant workers by a lack of resources and competing obligations.

English Together:

Helps workers to become more confident in using English.

Brings workers and volunteers together to break down barriers and build trust.