The iEnglish Project: A Digital Language Lab
English proficiency is the most significant barrier to the integration of immigrants in the social, economic and civic fabrics of the U.S society. A digital language lab is an innovative model that integrates English language learning with technology, enabling a tailored curriculum and a self-paced learning platform.
The iEnglish Project is the right solution to the specific requirements of language instruction for adult immigrants by enabling more retention rates and fast learning gains, through total immersion and engagement than in traditional ESL classes. It provides the flexibility needed for adult learners who have to work, raise children and learn new skills.
o Tandberg Educational to provide the software technology, the SANAKO 1200
o The Southern Maine Community College will be a key partner for the curriculum development
Immigrant Business Hub
Entrepreneurship being a key component of economic empowerment, this program will harness local and regional economic development initiatives in the Greater Portland area to streamline business training, facilitate technical support and provide solutions to lending that impact immigrant-led and minority-owned businesses.
The program will achieve its goals through:
o A Comprehensive Business Training Curriculum
o Strategic Partnerships with lending institutions
o Business Technical Assistance
o Incubation Space
Citizenship & Civic Engagement Initiative
With a strong belief that “we can’t build an inclusive economy without an inclusive
democracy”, the IWC is committed to a robust and collaborative citizenship and
civic engagement campaign targeting all immigrant communities in Maine.
This initiative will be undertaken with the partnership of Ethnic Community Based
Organizations and other local organizations working on ensuring civic
engagement in communities of color.
The IWC believes in an active and educated electorate. We intend to engage
new Mainers voters through a coordinated phone bank and canvassing