More than 140 pass "life line" English course
The Speaker of Hackney, Cllr Sade Etti, joined a celebration for 140 local residents who have recently completed an ESOL (English for Speakers of Other Languages) course.
The free courses are provided by the Council’s adult learning services team, and are held at 30 venues across the borough, including children’s centres, schools and libraries. They offer the chance for adults to improve their English, helping them to become more independent and involved in their community.
Cllr Etti met the learners and presented them with certificates at a ceremony at Hackney Empire, on 21 October.
It was wonderful to meet so many Hackney residents who are seizing the opportunity to improve their language skills. The ESOL service is a real life line to people who are new to the country or, for whatever reason, have limited English. Not being able to speak English can be a huge barrier to everything from employment to simple things like shopping or helping children with homework. These residents are a real inspiration and I wish them every success.
Five learners received special commendations for outstanding achievement during the 2014-15 academic year: Kinga Ciuron, Eda Arslan, Dolores Espinosa Sardinas, Hatice Mert and Salma Walayat. Two staff members, working in centres where ESOL classes are held - Michelle Lowe, from Comberton Children’s Centre, and Danielle Watson, from Hillside Children’s Centre - were also specially commended for their dedication in helping residents to develop their English skills.
For information on joining an ESOL course near you, call the ESOL Advice Service on 020 8820 7043 or email firstname.lastname@example.org