For several years, Borderlands has delivered volunteer-taught English language classes which have been highly popular.
Borderlands has a dedicated team of Volunteer Teachers and Teaching Assistants who have experience of teaching English in an informal context to asylum seekers and refugees. Borderlands has more than 1000 asylum seekers, refugees and other non-EU migrants registered in a database and a good reputation among asylum seekers and refugees in Bristol. Before the coronavirus restrictions came into place, Borderlands taught around 60 individuals per session in four different classes, with two sessions each week.
Being a volunteer teacher at Borderlands is an incredibly rewarding experience; giving people the tools they need to understand the world around them, and to find a sense of community which can transform their lives. It is a privilege for us to be able to offer this to Borderlands members.
Gabrielle Basso Ricci, English Teacher Volunteer at Borderlands
We have had particular success in attracting pre-entry learners as well as those “new to learning”, teaching them beginner English in a community setting in which they feel comfortable.
Borderlands is a member of the local ESOL & Employability Providers Network, and is on the steering group for the Single Assessment Hub project, led by the Community Learning team in Bristol City Council.
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