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We are really proud of our extensive and unique, volunteer-led ESOL programme. Our English classes are open to all, run on a drop-in basis in the Community Building, with no need to pre-enrol or pay.
We provide 8 English classes per week catering to the differing needs and preferences of our learners. There are simple conversation classes, classes specifically for Arabic speakers, lively games and craft focused sessions, more formal literacy classes for beginners and improvers and smaller classes at a more advanced level. We can also offer 1-2-1 tuition for learners needing to pass the IELTS academic exam, in order to go to University or take up professional training. We work closely with Calderdale College, preparing students to enrol once they have been in the country the requisite 6 month period.
In 2016 we found that 82% of the learners we spoke to reported an increased level of confidence as a result of attending English classes at St. Augustine’s Centre. The classes provide more than tuition, they fulfil a huge social need in providing daily structure and routine and somewhere purposeful to come and meet friends. This, of itself, is of immense value to our learners.