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 (ESOL) Classes
ACAA currently runs free ESOL classes each week in the boroughs of Hounslow, Lewisham and Mitcham. The classes are aimed at all levels and are open to everyone. One class per week in Lewisham is for women-only. The times and locations are:
Hounslow (online until November 1st)
Tuesdays and Thursdays, 11am-1pm
Lewisham (online until November 1st)
Tuesdays and Fridays, 10am-12pm
Saturday (Women Only), 12-1pm
Mitcham (online until November 1st)
Monday and Wednesday, 1pm-3pm
We plan to restart classes soon.
The classes are part of our 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 currently runs in three boroughs each teaching three classes a week. There is an opportunity for an accredited certificate in English language skills at the end. On-line classes have continued throughout lockdown, providing students with a much-needed space to meet, find support and to carry on their studies. We are also starting our new September 2020 term on-line, aiming to have some smaller classes back in the classroom from the beginning of November (after half-term).