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Morella Vargas Pinto

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It has been a pleasure to work with Edge Hill University in the partnership with the ASK Club at the Ecumenical Centre in Skelmersdale. Teaching on this project has been a great opportunity to offer skills and knowledge to those who really need it and make a difference to a person’s language ability and experience in the UK. My approach has been to offer a friendly, supportive, and sensitive environment which has made for an enjoyable and rewarding experience for the refugees and for me.

The project has helped develop me as a person and given me the opportunity to interact with and get to know a very interesting group of people I wouldn’t have met otherwise. The students look forward to the classes and are improving their English while I really enjoy teaching too. I am thankful to have been able to practice and improve my language teaching skills and have been equally glad to have the chance to get to know the people from the Skelmersdale Ecumenical Centre and the ASK Club. Providing the refugees and asylum seekers with the help they need to learn English is essential for their immersion into British society. It was incredible to witness their gratitude, their dedication to learning, and their motivation to use this skill to obtain opportunities and create a meaningful life for themselves.

This experience helped me understand that due to their life experiences and circumstances, refugees have unique needs for second language acquisition (SLA). Learning the language of their receiving country meets several goals of refugee integration, specifically, competence in the new language can promote social and economic independence to rebuild a positive future, and foster understanding of the receiving society. The ability to speak English opens doors to integration and free and accessible language education is a necessity.  Classes should be adequately funded and tailored to the needs of language learners at all levels of proficiency.

Rahul Babu

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Teaching has always been my passion. When I was offered an opportunity to teach at the asylum and refugee center at Skelmersdale, I was both thrilled and apprehensive at the same time. It was a remarkable experience that I had on my first day. I was so happy to find such an overwhelming and enthusiastic group of mixed ages.

All the learners are familiar with the importance of English language in their life being in the UK. As a teacher I too was able to develop new methods of teaching to ensure that I get the attention of the group. I had to be cautious about a lot of facts including the materials chosen, the rendering of those materials and even the pace of my speaking. However, the learners are completely energetic and possess an urge to interact and put in the effort in English language acquisition. They feel comfortable with the functioning of the center and its Director, Matthew who has a tremendous role in guiding them in various aspects. The support provided by him to the refugees is so immense which is evident from the respect that they give him.

I feel privileged to be a part of the initiative taken by Edge Hill University as it added value to my teaching experience, getting to know more about different cultures and helping people to improve their lives. Besides, it also aided me to enhance my skills in teaching, improving my functional skills. I would love to work on such initiatives cooperating with reputed organizations such as Edge Hill University