Education is key to everything we work towards at the ACAA. Our English classes and training support integration, engagement and employment in the UK; our cultural events and our tuition in Dari and Pashto help to preserve our Afghan heritage.
English for Speakers of Other Languages Classes
The ACAA currently runs three free ESOL classes each week in the boroughs of Hounslow, Lewisham and Croydon. The classes are aimed at all levels and are open to everyone although one class each week is a women’s only class.
The classes are part of our a brand new ESOL project called “ESOL for Integration” funded by the Big Lottery Fund. ESOL for integration will provide a dedicated ESOL class for migrants to help them integrate into British society. Classes will focus on practical English as well as teaching aspects of British culture. The aim is to break down the largest obstacle to integration, employment and success in a new country: the language barrier. Unlike other ESOL classes, however, these have been tailored for migrants and will address other aspects of integration such as citizenship test, local culture, British politics, British history, and will place a heavy focus on spoken English to enable migrants to thrive.
The project will run in three boroughs each teaching three classes a week and will provide an accredited certificate in English language skills at the end. The project is in its infancy but is already helping over 100 students a week and aims to teach well over 300 per week by next year. The three boroughs will be Hounslow, Croydon and Lewisham. The times and locations of these classes are:
Monday and Wednesday, 10am-12pm at
New London College
Sceptre House, 75-81 Staines Rd,
Saturday (Women Only), 12-3pm at
Monday and Wednesday, 10am-12pm
Saturday (Women Only), 12-2pm
Monday and Wednesday, 1:30pm-3pm
The New Horizon Centre,
South Lodge Avenue,
“I need to learn English because I live in London now. I feel alone, I want to talk to people. I’d like to get a good job, and I want to help my daughter with her homework and speak with her teacher. So now I go to the English class at ACAA.”
“I joined this class to learn more English, because it’s very important to find a good job and to meet new friends. I really like this class because the people are nice and very friendly. The teachers are very patient and nice.”
ACAA has been running a successful Saturday School and after-school Homework Club for more than 10 years. We aim to provide support to children and young people with their homework and school subjects. We focus on English, maths and Science as well as native-tongue tuition in Farsi, Dari and Pashto.
Most of the children we work with are from Afghanistan and Central Asia and are refugees. Their English fluency can be low and this means they often fall behind at school. Working with children to improve their English skills can stop them feeling excluded from UK society and helps them reach their potential.
Most of the children we work with come from low-income families, which makes it more difficult for them to take part in out-of-school activities. Our Saturday School gives them a fun and supportive environment to make the most of their potential, while making good friends!
“I love playing football every week with my friends here at ACAA!”
“Before I didn’t really enjoy school because I found it hard to read and do maths. Here, I get a lot of help, I’ve improved my reading and maths, and I have the confidence to do my schoolwork on my own,”