Tatura Community House has been recognised for its Learn Local activities, coming out on top as one of eight providers in the region awarded $1000.
The Adult, Community and Further Education Board’s (ACFEB) 2018 Victorian Learn Local Awards celebrate the outstanding achievements of those within the Learn Local education and training network, this year inviting TCH to the awards night at the end of the month.
John Kriesfeld runs the Conversational English program every Wednesday at TCH.
‘‘It’s for people who have a basic understanding of English, but the conversational side of things is very different and with different tenses, so the program helps putting together a sentence that is meaningful and correct in the English language,’’ Mr Kriesfeld said.
He said it could be quite a challenge using the English language.
‘‘What we find is if people are not confident in what they have to say, they don’t say anything,’’ Mr Kriesfeld said.
‘‘The only way to learn a language is to talk the language.’’
Mr Kriesfeld said the program helped promote conversation in English between migrants and conversations in English to the broader community.
‘‘There is a lot of migrants in the town who could do with conversational English, but they’re unaware of it, or they haven’t got the confidence to come along and to participate, so this funding will help promote our service,’’ he said.
Rapt: Tatura Community House has been awarded $1000 for its Conversational English program. Pictured, Tien Pham, John Kriesfeld, Thi Le and Doug Do.