Friends for English

Friends for English

Friends for English is a (free) befriending project to practise English. Volunteer befrienders and learners meet one afternoon and one evening a week, in a classroom at Marvell House (provided by the Goodwin Trust). The project has proved to be very popular with both befrienders and learners, with over 500 people having taken part so far.

We have a weekly theme and plenty of tailor-made materials and support from the project coordinator, Karen van Diesen, who has many years of experience working in the field of adult education in developing countries and with refugees and asylum seekers in Hull.

Learners are helped to practise whatever they want, however they want. For example, in a matter of weeks an illiterate single mother of has learnt the basics of reading and writing thanks to a volunteer primary school teacher. After many years in England, this has been her only chance to learn to write more than her name. Others like to chat, moving naturally from topic to topic until they find a mutual interest. It is the first time many learners have made a friend outside of their cultural community.

In the Welcome to English Language Centre, where Friends for English takes place, we have a small reference and lending library, games, a TV, DVDs, CDs, laptops and tablets.

Come along to a session, if you would like to participate in this project as a befriender or a learner!  Or contact us for further information.