English classes pro­vide con­nec­tion

Southern Gazette (South Perth) - - OPINION -

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.”

Email ad­min@vic­park.wa. gov.au for in­for­ma­tion.

Pic­ture: Marie Nirme www.com­mu­ni­typix.com.au d454603

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.

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