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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 Farsi/Dari and Pashto help to preserve our Afghan heritage.

English for Speakers of Other Languages Classes

The ACAA currently runs five free ESOL classes each week in the boroughs of Hounslow, Lewisham, Ealing, Mitcham and Croydon. The classes are aimed at all levels and are open to everyone although the class in Ealing 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 provides 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 runs in five 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 five boroughs are Hounslow, Lewisham, Greenwich, Mitcham and Croydon. The times and locations of these classes are:

Hounslow

Tuesdays and Thursdays10am-12pm at

New London College, Sceptre House, 75-81 Staines Rd, Hounslow TW3 3HW

Saturday (Women Only), 12-3pm at

Lampton School, Lampton Ave, Hounslow, TW3 4EP

Lewisham

Monday and Wednesday10am-12pm

Saturday (Women Only), 12-2pm

Located at: The Albany, Douglass Way, Deptford, SE8 4AG

Croydon

Wednesday and Thursday, 10am-12pm

Located at: Queens Community Hall, Turner Crescent, Croydon, CR0 2NP

Mitcham

Monday and Wednesday1:30pm-3pm

Saturday 10am-12pm

Located at: The New Horizon Centre, South Lodge Avenue, Mitcham, CR4 1LT

“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.”

Liza

“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.”

Tara