Volunteering with WF Conversation Clubs

    • Are you interested in volunteering?
    • Are you a confident English speaker?
    • Have you got one or two hours spare each week?
    • Would you be interested in helping people improve their English speaking skills?

Conversation Clubs are run in a variety of local public spaces: libraries, children’s centres, community centres, places of worship and schools. We have a vibrant number of clubs currently running throughout the borough, but new volunteers are needed to support existing clubs and set up new clubs. We offer a 5 week FREE City and Guilds accredited training course to support adults who have English as a second language to improve their speaking and listening skills and encourage conversation. There is also an ongoing support and development programme for volunteers who complete the training and contribute to the running of a club.  Our next course begins on June 9th.

If you are interested in becoming an English Conversation Club volunteer, please don’t hesitate to contact us for further information on 020 8496 1130 or email us on conversationclub.als@walthamforest.gov.uk for more information.

Conversation Clubs: April 2018 Update

Would you like to be able to speak English with more confidence? Why not join an English Conversation Club. There are a wide variety of Conversation Clubs taking place across the borough – there’s sure to be one near you!

Run by trained volunteers, English Language clubs allow you to practise speaking English in an informal, relaxed environment.  The clubs are free and take place on different days and in different venues across the borough.  There is sure to be a club near your home.  You will make friends and get the opportunity to discuss lots of different topics.  Each week you will find that you can express yourself better in English.

For more information, email conversationclub.als@walthamforest.gov.uk or call the conversation club hotline on 020 8496 1130

For a listing of clubs in Leyton and Leytonstone, please click here
For a listing of clubs in Walthamstow and Chingford, please click here

Hearing from an ESOL tutor

Ortrun Peyn runs the weekly English conversation class at WMAG, Fridays 10 – 12:30, Salvation Army, Forest Road, E17 4PY

The WMAG runs a weekly English class for women who speak no or very little English. The aim is to equip the students with the language skills and confidence that are required to deal with everyday situations: making an appointment at their GP’s, shopping, talking to their children’s teacher, reporting a problem to the police, filling in forms for a library ticket or a season ticket, etc. Fun, enjoyment and the social aspect of meeting new people in a cheerful and supportive environment are an essential ingredient of these English classes.

Even though some of our women students are bi-lingual (e.g., in Somali and Arabic), many of them have had very few educational opportunities, leaving them with correspondingly poor literacy and study skills. Most of our women learners have busy lives, looking after their families and their homes. So the weekly English class has to be a worthwhile investment of their time. The offer of having a break during our two-hour lesson was firmly rejected. Not surprisingly, our students are extremely keen to learn and very aware that better English will improve their ability to cope with everyday problems and to understand the world around them.

Building up sufficient vocabulary alone takes time, especially when the teacher has no knowledge of her students’ native language(s).  Thank heavens for Google with its “Images” tab and for Google Translate. Students with good literacy skills in their native language should, ideally, have access to a quality dictionary. But who can afford the price of £30 or more?

 
One of the biggest challenges the students face is an understanding of the fact that successful communication is based on the use of correctly structured sentences. The bad habit of replying to questions or attempting to explain things by haphazardly stringing together a few nouns can be hard to break. Furthermore, the ability to describe a situation (or to tell a story) requires some understanding of what a verb is and the skill to express the distinction between the past, present and future. To learn these things, we always use examples that are relevant to the students’ everyday lives and their everyday communication needs. Hearing from a student that she now trusts herself to phone her GP surgery or her children’s school is hugely rewarding.

At the moment I produce my own teaching materials. If anyone knows of a textbook geared towards adult students from Middle Eastern and/or African backgrounds, please let me know by email at e17migrantscentre@gmail.com

Ortrun Peyn

Business English returns 29 January

FREE Work-focussed English Classes in Walthamstow
Harmony Hall, 10 Truro Road, Walthamstow, E17 7BY

Classes run every Monday from 7 – 8:30 pm, starting from 29 January. To register, please just come to the class and we will welcome you.


The level is A1/A2 Elementary English, and we practice speaking/listening/reading/writing with a focus on working and looking for work.

To find out more, Contact Paul Fletcher
Email: businessenglishstudy@gmail.com 
Tel: +44 (0)20 8520 5363
http://www.BusinessEnglishStudy.com/ 

LearnDirect Maths and English Functional Skills

The Walthamstow Learndirect Centre offers January courses in Maths & English Functional Skills Level 1 & Level 2.

Please refer candidates directly to the Walthamstow Learndirect centre to sign up and be assessed for the course. These 2 courses are free to UK/EU nationals and UK residents . All other courses are free to candidates on benefit.

Any queries, please contact
Aubrey M.Pengula
Partnership Consultant, learndirect
T: 02085 091666 | E: Aubrey.Mpengula@learndirect-centres.co.uk  | M: 07506 758808

Conversation Clubs: January 2018 Update

Would you like to be able to speak English with more confidence? Why not join an English Conversation Club. There are a wide variety of Conversation Clubs taking place across the borough – there’s sure to be one near you!

Run by trained volunteers, English Language clubs allow you to practise speaking English in an informal, relaxed environment.  The clubs are free and take place on different days and in different venues across the borough.  There is sure to be a club near your home.  You will make friends and get the opportunity to discuss lots of different topics.  Each week you will find that you can express yourself better in English.

For more information, email conversationclub.als@walthamforest.gov.uk or call the conversation club hotline on 020 8496 1130

For a listing of clubs in Leyton and Leytonstone, please click here
For a listing of clubs in Walthamstow and Chingford, please click here

Conversation Clubs

There are a wide variety of Conversation Clubs taking place across the borough – there’s sure to be one near you! 

These free groups are a relaxed atmosphere, perfect for people who want to drop in and practice English. Whether someone wants more practice in addition to a course or whether they just want a place to chat and build their confidence, the Conversation Clubs are a great resource.

For a full listing, please click here.

 

 

Learn with Unite

Learn with Unite
The Unite union have developed an on-line ESOL platform, in conjunction with the WEA, which is based on the National standards. It can be used for both teaching and blended learning.
Unite’s ESOL programme is free to union members! Our facilitators will guide you through the syllabus, providing support both in the classroom and online.
Topics in this course include: Daily Life, Going to Work, Culture, Health, Education & Travel.
Web: http://learnwithunite.org/
Contact: John.Barr@unitetheunion.org

Business English

Business English
New Business English Study programme – revised start date and lesson times
Business English Study programme:
Harmony Hall – Truro Road E17 7BY
Start Date: Monday October 2nd
Finish Date: Monday November 27th.
Every Monday: 7pm-8.30pm
Level: Elementary (A2)
Theme: English to Improve Job Prospects
Cost: Free
Contact: Paul Fletcher
Email:businessenglishstudy@gmail.com
Tel: +44 (0)20 8520 5363
Web: http://www.BusinessEnglishStudy.com/