Course Feature: Everything ESOL…
2 June 2017
Social events can be a struggle for ESOL students, who speak little English. Some have been socially isolated and had minimal interaction since coming to the UK… but this rarely holds them back.
Events are the perfect way for those who study on the Salford City College ESOL course to put what they are learning in the classroom to practice as well as to overcome those struggles. It’s a great opportunity to meet and converse with new people and the best possible way for them to improve their English.
Celebrating Success at the ESOL Easter Party
The students sang and danced until their hearts were content at their annual Easter party.
The department enjoyed an afternoon of fun, food, prizes and awards, to end the half term and welcome the Easter holidays.
They were presented with awards and prizes by head of department Elizabeth Jay for ‘most improved’, ‘most enthusiastic’ and 100% attendance’, to name just a few.
Entry 1 student, Mostafa Katami, who received an award for 100% attendance said, “I enjoyed meeting new people and eating nice food, it was very good to get prizes for 100% attendance. This is all new for me.”
Music and Cake Making at the ESOL Summer Fair
Unlike language the sweet sound of music is spoken internationally. And that was the primary language spoken at the ESOL Summer Fair, 2017. Their choir came together to sing, clap and dance in one rhythm, a fantastic way to not only showcase their harmonies but also their language skills. Students had the crowd cheering, chuckling and applauding as they danced to their native dances in a united showcase of cultures. Tutors were pulled forward, dancing and celebrating the end of a successful academic year, and the progression of their students English language skills.
The fair was all about celebrating and socialising. There was a bake off, a beauty station, book sale and big games, and all in attendance were encouraged to mix, mingle and move their lips to practice to their English.
From Observing Nature to Unearthing Capabilities on ESOL Trips
ESOL students have had the opportunity to do everything from nature trails to space centre visits; not only to help them identify object using the English language, but also to help them identify hidden talents.
Their trip to Jodrell Bank was as much about unearthing future engineers, as it was engineering the student’s language about earth, and the trip to Peel Park was the perfect way to put their vocabulary to the test, naming wildlife, birds and blossoming buds.
Exploring their options with a beauty taster day
As part of the their work related activity task, 16-18 year old students from ESOL were invited to the City Skills Centre for a beauty taster session, in a bid to show them some of the vocational options on offer when they reach Entry 3.
The students were taught how to buff, polish and pamper when giving a manicure and then put their skills to the test on each other.