The ESOL Project began in March 2016 and aims to provide a structured and timetabled approach towards providing ESOL, particularly during our clients’ first 6 months in the UK. To date we have provided over 3000 hours of ESOL at NNRF, which includes 600 hours of 1 to 1 language support.
We have developed a unique assessment system, which identifies a learner’s language level. Assessment appointments are offered daily as part of our general Advice triage system; this means we can assess clients straight away and offer them an English class. There is a new intake of students every 12 weeks.
We offer a range of classes from Pre Entry Level, to Level 1. These run daily Monday to Saturday. Classes are varied and the timetables are reviewed each quarter. Our ESOL sessions have included General English, Basic Literacy, Women’s groups, Conversation & Discussion, Reading & Writing Booster, Youth ESOL, Anti-Destitution sessions, Nottingham Orientation, Summer Short Course and summer short course booster sessions. We also deliver ESOL as part of the Syrian Resettlement Project which follows a course that has been approved by the Home Office We also support the Resettlement, Building Better Opportunities, Employability and Children & Family projects by providing embedded ESOL workshops. We also have a growing number of tutors offering 1 to 1 ESOL tutoring. We are fortunate to have a pool of diverse, experienced and committed ESOL Tutors and Classroom Support Assistants, some of whom have spent a number of years volunteering at the Forum in other roles and have now joined the ESOL team. Training for tutors includes an Introduction to TEFL, Working with Asylum Seekers and Refugees and Assessing ESOL Learners. We also support tutors to attend a bi-annual ESOL conference.
“I really like seeing students advance in language, and to see their confidence increase as a result of their speaking, reading and writing” – Jean, ESOL Volunteer