Project to help refugees with vital language skills

The English Language Teaching Unit (ELTU) will be helping refugees to learn vital language skills to help them overcome some of the challenges faced when seeking sanctuary in the UK.

Experts will be offering their teaching expertise, teacher training for volunteers with less classroom experience as well as the use of its classroom facilities in Readson House, Leicester.

The work of the ELTU will support Leicester City of Sanctuary, part of a national movement with nearly 40 groups which are committed to developing a ‘culture of welcome and inclusion’ for people seeking sanctuary in the UK.

Philip Horspool, Director of the ELTU, said: “Language is one of the many challenges that face those who leave their own country and in the ELTU we have the expertise and the desire to help those whose first language is not English.

“We hope that this support will expand and that this will have a positive impact on the lives of those who are living through a difficult period in their lives. The support from my own staff and senior leaders in the University has been key in helping us to do this.”

The next refugee language class will take place between 10am-12pm on Thursday 26 November.

Additional classes will be run on Monday and Tuesday evenings supporting in the region of 100 refugees.

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