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850,000 people living in the UK have no or poor language skills. Not knowing English is isolating, making the learners we work with dependent on others to do the most basic things like visit the doctor, call the emergency services or discuss their child’s progress at school.
Since Talking Together began in 2014, 4600 people have completed our absolute beginner level Talking Together English classes, funded by the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government. Through informal classes focused on spoken English, we support our learners to gain the skills and confidence they need to use English in their everyday lives.
We are looking for volunteers to teach classes of up to 15 adults in community venues across Birmingham, Leicester and London. This opportunity is open to anyone over 18 who would like to make a tangible difference in the lives of those with little or no English skills. We provide a challenging and enjoyable volunteering experiences, and help volunteers to gain valuable new skills and boost their CV.
After receiving three days of training, Language Trainers will teach classes using a specially designed functional English course, adapting it as necessary to the requirements of the class. As learners begin with a very low level of English, our curriculum begins at the very basics (alphabet, numbers) and moves on to topics such as accessing the emergency services, using public transport and visiting the doctor.
Talking Together Language Trainers are expected to teach classes either twice a week for a 6 weeks or once a week for 12 weeks. Classes last 2 hours, and all classes take place during working hours Monday-Friday. Classes are often shared by two volunteers.
We are looking for Volunteers to support us across Birmingham, Leicester and London.