The College of Haringey, Enfield and North East London celebrated its first ESOL Speaking and Listening Awards at a ceremony last week (Wednesday, 16 July), which was attended by graduating students, their friends, tutors and College partners. The three-month ESOL course was designed to help the students find work by giving them the confidence they need in understanding and speaking English. Many of the students were able to improve their language skills rapidly and have already found work.
Manivannan Ratnanvel, one of the graduates from the course, said: "I found the teachers on the course very helpful. The course has given me so much more confidence in speaking English and I'm now getting more job interviews."
Maria Del Estal, a fully trained hairdresser originally from Spain, also spoke highly of the course: "I've been on English language courses before, but all they did was to make me write out words over and over again. This is the first course where they helped us in speaking. After having completed the course Maria was able to find work in a local Salon. She said: "If it wasn't for the course, I wouldn't have gone for the job. I feel fully prepared for work now and I look forward to starting my training soon."
Some of the teaching on the course was done by the College's teacher trainees and the course provided them with ideal experience. Course tutor and teaching trainee Zuzana Tilson succeeded so well that she now has a job at the College to teach English.
Suzana said: "I started my job in June as an ESOL tutor at the College's Tottenham Centre. I am a fully qualified teacher now. I passed my DTLLS, ADTLLS and Numeracy 3 for ESOL teachers. I teach Pre-Entry and Entry 1 ESOL students. I have only the best to say about the course I took at the College and the teaching professionals I have met there."
Phyllis Fealy, Borough Relationship Manager for DWP in Haringey, was one of the guests of honour at the ceremony and also one of the founding members in the course design.
Phyllis spoke highly of the students' success: "This being the first course of its type I am really glad to see so many students gain such great confidence in speaking English. I am astonished by the progress they have made in such a short amount of time".
Jane O'Neill, Interim College Principal and Chief Executive said: "I congratulate all the students on the course and I wish them well in seeking employment."
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