#LoveESOL Day

16 Feb

Jess Walker

FUN GROUP ESOL

On Monday 15th February, EFA held an ESOL celebration event organised by learners at Surrey Square School.

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“Government must keep funding ESOL” – a message from Surrey Square students

22 Oct

Jess Walker

“We are English for Action ESOL students and we all think that English is very important, not only for our lives, but also for the progress of the country. ESOL is cheaper than funding interpreting services. We don’t think the government would like us to sit idle at home instead of going to work because of our lack of English.

We students must not give up, or the government will keep cutting. We need your support!”

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Students wrote this message together, sentence by sentence,  in class.ESOL

Success – Housing Action!

11 Sep

Elena* has borne some of the brunt of the housing crisis in London, along with many other students at EFA. Her, her husband and their three children were living in one small bedroom in a shared house with 13 others. The house had been flooded for a week and the landlord was not responding to Elena’s call for repairs.

The children were too scared to use the communal bathroom and kitchen because other tenants would shout and intimidate them. Anti-social shift patterns meant that there was constant noise in the house.overcrowded Housing

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EFA students and teachers protest together: adult education must not be cut.

30 Apr

“This is important” said Southwark student Razna on the way to the protest. “Today, they cut 24% but in five years, there will be nothing. Adult education, nothing”.

Indeed, the Association of Colleges (AOC) has made the same warning, predicting that “adult education and training in England will not exist by 2020 if the government continues with its swathe of cuts.”

This is why on Saturday 25th EFA students from Lambeth, Southwark and Wandsworth joined EFA teachers to march on City Hall. The Government has announced plans to cut adult education by 24%, on top of the cuts that have reduced adult education budgets by a third since 2010. Some of our students remember adult education before these cuts. “In 2007 the good thing was the [Further Education] college was free and the creche was free” remembers Samilla. “Now you have to pay for both of them not free”.

Here are some photo highlights from the day:

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Why I’m protesting on Saturday 25th April

20 Apr

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This Saturday, there is a National Demonstration about the funding cuts to adult education. As an ESOL (English for Speakers of Other Languages) teacher, I’m going to the protest on Saturday with my students. Why? Because these cuts are an attack on ESOL teachers and migrants everywhere. Continue reading

ESOL and Housing Action

9 Apr

Today ESOL teachers met and resolved to take collective action on housing.

The Problem:

The housing crisis is hitting London the hardest. Thousands of ESOL teachers and students are suffering the impact of poor quality, expensive, precarious housing. We want to do something about it.

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Save Adult Education #LoveFE

20 Mar

From Greenwich to Greenford, from Balham to Bow, from Wandsworth to Walworth, EFA is talking about adult education. :

This what we are saying:

“Adult education is good for society because it enables people to have a chance.”

“Adult education helps people get jobs”

Adult education helps people to integrate, make friends and get involved in the community.”

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Have you tried changing energy companies?

20 Mar

“I think it’ s hard to change company. I will waste a lot of time on the phone and I know someone will make it hard for me”

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Walworth Community Meeting – Reflections of a Community Organiser

19 Mar

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‘I felt valued and listened to’, ‘we don’t normally talk together about these things’ were some of our students’ comments following English for Action’s first ever community meeting.

Earlier this month, thirty-two people (EFA participants, local people and organisations) came together at Surrey Square Primary School, Southwark. The meeting was a place to meet others, share concerns and decide on which issues are most important to us.

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Emerging language training

16 Mar

1 – Cognitive/phychological or socio/cultural?

Identity and culture are as important as linguistic competence.

Language acquisition connects learners’ individual mental processes and the grammatical system of the target language.

This focus is on whether or not learners are able to become fully participating members of society. (second language socialisation).

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