Many who call to the Sanctuary do not speak English, and cannot get a place in local colleges, so we teach a number of ESOL classes and have a growing waiting list. It is not an easy task particularly since asylum seekers are so transient; the students one sees at the beginning of the term can be quite different to the those that are there at the end! We run five formal classes (from Pre-entry up to Entry 3), each of which can accommodate up to 12 students, and also a number of drop-in classes and activities.
‘About my English Class’ – one student’s comments
“I came to this class two months ago. Before that I was unable to say my name or speak about my feelings, but now I think I’m better. I love my class. I have friends in this class, one of them is Adam. I love all of them and I love some people who are not here. May God bless them.”
–English (ESOL) Classes and other support for students of English
We run free English language classes/sessions for asylum seekers and refugees who are unable to secure a full-time college place. We have the following sessions:
You will need to take an assessment test before you can join one of our formal classes, and may have to go on a waiting list until there is a space available in the relevant class.
ESOL classes: Entry 1, Entry 2 & Entry 3
Thursdays and Fridays, 11.00am – 1.00pm
ESOL classes: Pre-entry 1
Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays, 1.15 – 3.00pm
ESOL classes: Pre-entry 2
Mondays, Thursdays and Fridays, 1.15 – 3.00pm
ESOL: Advanced conversation session
Thursdays, 11.00am – 12.00pm
You don’t need to book or have an assessment for these sessions.
Improve your English in a fun, informal session using games.
Mondays, 11.00am – 1.00pm
BSOL: Bible for Speakers of Other Languages
Thursdays, 1.15 – 2.30pm
Chatter Group (English conversation)
Come and join us for a cup of tea or coffee and a chat. We will be in small groups of 5 or 6, and each group will include 1 or 2 native English speakers.
Thursdays, 2.30 – 3.45pm
A session open to those currently studying at the Sanctuary, and to former Sanctuary students who are now at college, offering support with homework.
Fridays, 2.00 – 3.30pm