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Thank you Valley Gives Day!

May 2nd was an amazing day for our community!  $1,161,705 was raised for over 400 non-profit organizations.  New and local donors gave $2365 for our Free English Program!.

Immigrants and refugees in the Pioneer Valley are changing their lives and the lives of their families through ILI’s free English classes.  For nearly 30 years, these classes have helped students gain the English language skills they need to open education and employment doors and participate more fully in their communities. Your dollars can help them continue along their path to greater fulfillment…and you can make a donation today!

ILI acquires Alexis Johnson Annex!

ILI is now the proud owner of the Alexis Johnson Annex, and as the picture clearly shows, we are incredibly happy!
Purchasing the 1,000 sq. ft. annex (part of ILI’s current location) for use as classrooms and office space was the brainchild of our co-founder and now-retired executive director Alexis Johnson. Achieving this goal means we have acquired a valuable asset and reduced our operating expenses.
More than  100 generous donors from local communities made it possible to secure the downpayment to purchase the annex. Without their support, this long-time dream would still be just that — a dream.
A special shoutout goes to the Beveridge Family Foundation and Alexis for kickstarting the fundraising and to Mary Commanger, Jeff Palm, Lyman Wood, and the ILI Board of Directors — all of whom went above and beyond in their support of the fundraising campaign.

Intensive English Students Meet the Mayor of Northampton!

Students in the intensive English program had the opportunity to meet Northampton’s Mayor Narkewicz. We have a wonderful Mayor and appreciate that he makes the time to meet with international students. The students had some thoughtful questions prepared ahead of time.

Thank you Mayor Narkewicz!

ILI holds Arabic classes

ILI is excited to announce that for the first time in 32 years, the school has added Arabic to its list of languages taught.  The instructor, Yamila, has a post-graduate certificate with the Center for Arabic Study Abroad in Cairo, worked with Middlebury College’s language-intensive study abroad programs in both Egypt and Jordan, and taught Arabic to high school students at Charlestown High School.

2016: A Year in Review

January Mini Film Festival!

Join ILI at the Parlor Room the last three Mondays in January for some FREE fantastic films focusing on intercultural, immigrant and refugee themes.

More information here.

Donations to ILI’s Free English for Immigrants and Refugees Program are gladly accepted.

CISabroad Volunteers Join ILI for a “Spruce Up” Day!

It was a bit of organized chaos on December 7, when 50 staff members from CISabroad headed to ILI, picked up cleaning supplies and paint brushes, and set to work brightening up ILI’s common spaces and classrooms. In the words of ILI’s Executive Director Caroline Gear, “This is what ILI and community partners like CISabroad are all about!”

CISabroad is a national education-abroad organization that is based, like ILI, in Northampton. And each year, they choose a non-profit group to work with as part of their company’s commitment to teamwork and cultural awareness. This year, CISabroad chose ILI, and the results were outstanding. From painting several walls in the school’s administrative area to washing windows inside and out, cleaning walls and floors, and so much more – CISabroad staff brought their own brand of cheerfulness and diligence to ILI. [Read more…]

¡Viva México!

ILI traveled to Jocotitlan, Mexico to train teachers in OpenBook English.  Teachers in the school Unidad  Educativa Ernesto Peralta learned about the program and then helped their students learn how to navigate OpenBook on their tablets.

 

ILI Partners with Marlboro College

“One of the biggest barriers to international students attending Marlboro College is the high proficiency in English needed to engage in academic scholarship,” says Maggie Strassman, director of international studies. That is changing, following a new partnership with the International Language Institute of Massachusetts (ILI), a Northampton-based, not-for-profit language school promoting intercultural understanding through language instruction. [Read more…]

ILI Earns Highest Ranking From National Accreditation Authority

The Accrediting Council for Continuing Education and Training (ACCET) has certified the International Language Institute (ILI) of Massachusetts through 2021. This five-year accreditation is the highest level bestowed by ACCET, which since 1978 has been officially recognized by the U.S. Department of Education as a reliable authority regarding the quality of education and training provided by the institutions that ACCET accredits.

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