Tuesday, 25 January 2011

Supporting MDWs - Sunday morning English classes

Maria's Sunday morning English class        
English class registration at the start of each term is always chaotic with 80 + workers coming to the centre to access classes. Our classes are so popular for several reasons; we run classes on Sunday when MDWs have time off; as well as running accredited (certificated) English classes together with the Workers Education Association (WEA) we also run classes taught by volunteers. This is important because government funding restrictions mean that anyone who has been in the UK for less than 3 years cannot access the WEA (or any college run) classes. However it is the most recently arrived workers who don’t speak English are the most vulnerable and who most need to learn English. English classes are also so popular because MDWs desperately want to learn English and really enjoy the classes. These are often the only time during the week when they have some time to themselves for personal development.

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