English classes provide connection
THE Town of Victoria Park offers free English conversation classes to help unify the community.
The classes provide interactive ways to improve English skills and are run in partnership with Curtin Volunteers. The program is in its fourth year.
Participants are taught the appropriate language to use in different situations, such as at the library, seeking medical care or using public transport.
Curtin Volunteers program leader Brett Jarvis said the classes could help overseas students further their skills.
“Volunteering not only allows Curtin to give back to the community, but also provides opportunities for its students to develop their skills in realworld settings,” he said.
Town of Victoria Park Mayor Trevor Vaughan said the classes were an invaluable way to reach people who might feel isolated.
“If you mostly speak another language at home it might feel pretty intimidating to walk down Albany Highway and go shopping or catch a bus,” he said.
“These classes give people the ability to practise their English and gain confidence.”
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Krisztina Szucs from Hungary, Bo Peng from China and Bhavneet Kaur Narula from India get help mastering English with Rachel Puglisi and Brett Jarvis from Curtin Volunteers in orange T-shirts.