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Become a Talk English volunteer

Training opportunity for volunteers to improve the language skills of people who speak little or no English

Volunteers can...

Help with informal conversation classes
Help to organise a range of activities...such as a
  • walk and talk in the park
  • the great Wolverhampton bake off
  • behind the scenes at the Grand Theatre

Project starts April ends July 2017

What is the Talk English project?

A new project is starting this spring training volunteers to help develop language skills in Wolverhampton.

Adult Education Wolverhampton have been selected along with four other organisations nationally to run the national Talk English programme.

Talk English offers programmes for learners that promote English language development, cohesion and integration. It combines formal and informal opportunities for people to learn English which range from more structured Talk English Courses to informal Talk English Conversation Cafes, walks in the park and activities in local libraries, galleries and other amenities. Talk English courses and activities are delivered by volunteers who are recruited and trained through the project and who receive on-going support from qualified ESOL staff. The volunteers support learners to improve their speaking, listening, reading and writing through a range of everyday contexts. Volunteers source the materials and plans from the Talk English website and are encouraged to deliver modules that meet their groups’ needs and interests and personalise the content of the sessions. Each module encourages volunteers to take learners out of the classroom to practise target language in real environments, as well as access local businesses and services independently. Learners can also benefit from online practice activities through a bespoke website.

The main purpose of Talk English is to reach disadvantaged communities and individuals and deliver English language learning opportunities, enabling them to participate in learning, get more involved in the community and access services. Our funders, the DCLG, want to target this provision at those most in need, and who may not have accessed English language tuition in the past.

The beneficiaries of this project should:
  • have little or no English language skills (Pre-entry - Entry 1 ESOL)
  • be isolated due to their lack of English
  • be those not already supported through the mainstream Adult Skills budget in colleges or Adult Education.
  • be aged 19 and over.

We aim to engage 125 people in learning through this project in Wolverhampton.

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Working closely with partners on Wolverhampton’s ESOL Strategy Group, Adult Education Wolverhampton will recruit and train 10 volunteers to run 7 informal language courses and a further 10 volunteer Friends of ESOL to support a variety of activities that get residents with ESOL needs involved in the life of our city in different ways. As we start this programme some of the exciting activities planned include a Get Active session at Aldersley Leisure Village, our very own Bake Off at Adult Education cookery rooms, a look behind the scenes at the Grand Theatre and drop-in conversation cafes at a number of places of welcome across our city.

Izabela Amor who was once a volunteer in ESOL programmes herself and is now working on the project as a volunteer trainer said “Being a volunteer was what made me want to train as an ESOL teacher. I’m really excited about working on this project, getting out in the communities and working with new partners and learners. Volunteering was the gateway to my career”


Come along to one of our information days:

Thursday 6 April 2017 at 10am (Room 39, Alan Garner Centre)
Tuesday 2 May 2017 at 1pm

Call: 01902 551658
Last modified on Thursday, 06 April 2017 09:32