Category Archives: ESOL

Free English Classes at Swansea University – July 2016

Posted on behalf of Swansea University’s ELTS department

Dear Swansea Community Members

ELTS offers free English Language Classes to any non-native speaker of English in the local area at Pre-intermediate level or above via our Teacher Training programme. There does not need to be any connection to the University.

The basic details are below:

Free English Language Classes

Monday 4th July to Friday 29th July 2016

Monday to Friday  10:00 a.m. – 12:00

Classes at three levels: pre-intermediate, intermediate, and upper-intermediate.

We will hold drop-in registration sessions for new students as follows:

Thursday 30th June and Friday 1st July

Margam Building 3rd Floor 9-3pm

Students with additional queries should contact:

p.l.neville@swansea.ac.uk or e.main@swansea.ac.uk

While we try to accommodate all who wish to attend, pre-registered students will have priority if numbers reach our class limits.

Please encourage any non-native speaker of English who you feel could benefit from classes to attend, and distribute this information to any suitable person inside or outside the university. The classes are a good mix of international students, and they will be made very welcome.

I regret that we are not able to reimburse travel expenses.

Many thanks

Peter Neville

ELTS Swansea University

 

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Sentence-Phrase-Word: Capturing the essence of a text

The Active Voice. By Sarah Reynolds

Unity in Diversity had a visit from Sarah Reynolds who spent some time talking to folks and getting to know about the work we do with an aim of writing an article about us. She informs us that the article will be published and we keenly await to see it.

 

Stay Tuned!!!

60+ people complete our 7-part Food Safety Coaching course

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Please click Here or on the picture to view the lessons 🙂

We are very happy to say that over 60 people have attended and completed our Food Safety Coaching course at UiD.

We strive to meet the needs and exploit the interests of our community members when planning and delivering classes/training. This course was very popular as it is seen as being very useful for those who need to populate their CVs and ultimately find work in the future.

There will be a lot of people receiving certificates in the next few weeks. Well done to those who participated any many thanks indeed to our wonderful volunteers, without whom this would have been very difficult to manage given the high numbers of learners in the classes.

We provide the slideshows/materials freely for those who would like to review the course or have an interest.

Food Safety Coaching – Keeping Equipment Separate

Another wonderful turnout for second lesson in Food safety Coaching, 34 people! This lesson focused on using separate equipment in the kitchen. It was great hear the learners using important vocabulary and ideas from our previous lesson. This clearly demonstrates that the areas we have covered have been retained and we are now able to move on to other areas effectively.

food safety 02 - separate equipment

 

food safety 02 - separate equipment 2

Please see our slideshow for the lesson presentation and learning materials.

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Food Safety Coaching – Hand-Washing

We are very happy to report that our first session in Food Safety Coaching went very well last night with 30 keen participants present. This session focused on effective hand-washing when planning to handle food. Please see the slideshow for details and information on the following 6 sessions on this course.

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Appeal for unused Teaching and ICT Equipment

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Following the tragic demise of Cyrenians Cymru the Unity in Diversity community drop-in group is now run independently and entirely by volunteers on a very limited budget.

We are in urgent need of whiteboards for our ESOL/training sessions. Additionally we need any unused ICT equipment such as; laptops, desktop computers, tablets and smartphones/mobile devices etc.

We are very keen on re purposing old equipment and have many skills to achieve this within our group. Using alternative operating systems such as Linux can make an old device perform much faster. Ideally we would like a number of machines connected to the Internet for community members to access and understand how to use the government’s Universal Jobmatch website which is particularly difficult even for native English speakers to use. We also plan to have our most competent ICT experts train fellow community members in digital literacy which ties in with the proposed translation of our directory of services in to their respective languages in order to make the myriad of existing services accessible to those who have yet to develop their English language skills.

Following a recent survey of how our community members use mobile technology we learned that the vast majority of people are able to find places/services using map apps and to watch tutorials on YouTube, including English language lessons. Feedback from our survey clearly demonstrates how useful/vital smartphones can be.

Responses in our survey:

Survey Question: Has your phone helped you to find places in Swansea?

  • I found Morriston hospital
  • I ask local people also I check my phone as well
  • I visited my friend
  • My place in Morriston
  • I went to the Liberty stadium
  • It helped me find the library
  • Yes library and hospital
  • Gower College
  • I found community groups.

Re purposing equipment would give those with the skills the opportunity to demonstrate and apply their knowledge and provide a sense of purpose to those who are often assumed to have no skills – which is an absolute myth!

So if you or your organisation have upgraded your devices and have unused equipment lying around please give us the opportunity to make good use of it.

If you feel you could help please contact: wayneyare@gmail.com

Storytelling Slideshow and Feedback

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Storytelling – feedback from participants

Please take a moment to listen to participants at UiD talking about our current storytelling project. 

Building Stories, Vocabulary and Confidence

A great storytelling workshop with Carl Gough and the folks at UiD this evening. An excellent vocabulary building exercise using our imaginations to populate a very interesting story of our own. The feedback from these activities has been very positive. Many see it as a way of bridging the gap of not only language, but culture also. We’ve learned many things about each other’s traditions and the similarities and shared respect for storytelling. Many people are now getting up and sharing their stories which is greatly enjoyed by the group. Please enjoy this visual summary 😉