Christian TEFL launched the Enter English course at the end of July at New Wine United. Since then, we’ve enrolled almost 100 people and the Enter English course feedback has been has been outstanding.
People from across the country have enrolled and worked though the four modules, watching video, answering questions and participating in webinars. Through the practical advice given on the course, with everyday teaching tips and ESOL lesson ideas, they have been able to help support refugees and asylum seekers with English.
Several trainees have now completed the course. We asked them what that found helpful, and here are a few responses:
“When I started volunteering, I was very much out of my comfort zone. I have enjoyed the practical help offered from the interviews and the list of other resources to use. I feel much more confident and can contribute so much more.”
“I enjoyed listening to the interviews with the teachers as I feel they have given me the confidence to step out and have a go at helping my Ukrainian friends learn the English language. They were all so positive and inspiring.”
“I feel much more equipped to begin helping with the refugees here in Colwyn Bay and have enjoyed the format of the course, which I was a little daunted to begin, as I am not at all academic. Using stories and video interviews to learn was very enjoyable.”
“I am supporting BNO’s from Hong Kong. It was very helpful that I could stop and start when I needed to as I was fitting this round a busy work/family life. I found the insights into other languages extremely interesting.”
“I have found the course really useful, informative and inspiring. Many, many thanks. Just yesterday I had a short conversation with someone with very little English and was aware I was making use of some of the things I had come across on the course.”
“Just to say a BIG thank you for allowing me to do this course for free. It has been extremely helpful and well set out. I feel better informed and more confident to do a good job for the asylum seekers I presently volunteer with. I would definitely encourage others to do the course and the time limit encouraged me to get on with it!”
We are so pleased that the course, funded by Western Power through Localgiving, has helped people teaching English to refugees. By being able to teach more effectively, they are helping vulnerable refugees and second language speakers in our communities feel more confident about their English.
Now, we’re halfway through our webinar series and for us it’s been encouraging to meet course participants online. Our next webinar on teaching English grammar is coming up on Monday 14th November, at 18.30 UK, and you can register here.
If’ you’d like a smile, watch the short video below from our webinar on teaching English to beginners, where William teaches some Portuguese to webinar participants. Great fun!
Are you interested in taking the Enter English course? Either to support a refugee you’re hosting or for your class if you are involved in teaching? Then there’s some good news. It is still free to enrol and you can pick up a code here.