15 January 2018
English in the Community English (ESOL) Project is now one year young! A celebration of being so will take place on Friday 19 January 2018.It was founded by Dawn Smallwood with the help of Housing Leeds in January 2017. Dawn qualified as an EFL teacher in 2014 and had previously volunteered with Leeds Asylum Seekers Support Network and Action For English. She decided to pursue her teaching journey here in Leeds instead of teaching overseas as she saw the need for many to learn English in the city. The project is volunteer lead and she works with a team of qualified and enthusiastic volunteers in delivering English lessons in East Leeds. The invitation is open to all and in all areas to come and learn English if they need to.
It has been an exciting year; from the formation to the exciting development today. The project began with one beginners class (ESOL Entry 1) class on Friday mornings and they are now in the process of delivering a third class for intermediate learners. The project is planning to be formalised soon and this means that they are able to fund raise to ensure learning English can be more accessible than ever.
The project is thankful and grateful to the volunteers and also to Housing Leeds and Learning English Leeds. English in the Community now enters their second year of the project and they strongly believe it will go from strength to strength.