Talk English Phase-3

September 2016 – MARCH 2017

QED in partnership with the Shipley College is delivering Phase-3 of the ‘Talk English’ a project after successful completion of its first two phases. This project is aimed at members of ethnic minority community, speakers of languages other than English. Through this project we aim to help people with little or no English to learn the language and get more involved in the wider society.

Through Talk English Phase-3 QED is:

1. Offering Free English courses in the community in Bradford and Keighley to help people improve their speaking, listening, reading and writing skills in English.

2. This project is designed in a unique format where the courses are taught by aspiring volunteer ESOL Teachers. Before aspiring candidates are enrolled on the course to teach, candidates are given a 5-week training by the Shipley College and supported by QED throughout the duration of the project.

3. Phase-2 will be carrying out a set activities aimed at integrating people from BME backgrounds. These activities will be carried out by trained Talk English volunteers known as ‘Champions’ and ‘Friends’. People from BME backgrounds with low levels of English be assessed to check eligibility to join these activities. The aim of the activities is to help BME people to make access to services easy and become confident members of the society whilst practising using English in everyday life subjects.

4. ‘Champions’ and ‘Friends’ are trained community friendly volunteers who will deliver 1:1 support to the activities beneficiaries. ‘Champions’ and ‘Friends’ aim to engage beneficiaries in informal means of learning English whilst indulging in a number of indoor and outdoor activities.