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Through the initiative of the City of Sanctuary Action Group, four new ESOL classes started at Coventry Refugee & Migrant Centre in 2010. The classes are run purely by volunteers, with a qualified ESOL teacher in each class. Five years on, both the students and teachers are very enthusiastic about how things are going:

“It is very good for me. It helps for understand, it’s very nice.”

“Very very good, especially Ashton and Tom!”

“We want more classes, too many people need lessons.”

“I like this class, every teacher is good speaking, in writing, speaking, listening and everything.”

And from the teachers:

“It’s absolutely amazing, the students are so keen and there’s so much peer support – they really took on board that we would only have English spoken in the lessons. We’ve got the students on three tables with a volunteer on each table. It’s like three classes within one class. I’m really excited about it!”

“It’s going fantastically well. We’ve got a huge waiting list. This really feels like we are making a difference.”

“This class is a good kick-start for people’s English. They are very eager to learn.”

“We do speaking, reading and writing. The students seem to enjoy it and cooperate well together. There’s a good atmosphere and people are making new friends.”

The classes are open to beginners and intermediate level and are open to all (especially to those who are not eligible for college classes). If you would like to find out more please email [email protected] or call the Refugee Centre on 024 76227254.