ESOL Awareness Talk English Here Today, we are going to: • Introduce the Talk English Project About Talk English Funded by the Department of ‘Speaking English is crucial to allow us to come together and be part of British society.’ ‘People are unable to do this and are condemned to a limited life if they can’t speak our language.’ The Rt Hon Eric Pickles MP, DCLG, 2013 Communities and Local Government (DCLG), Talk English aims to improve the language skills of people with little or no English. About Talk English Talk English is taking place in Blackburn with Darwen, Bradford, Burnley, Hyndburn, Kirklees, Manchester, Oldham, Pendle and Rochdale. Talk English beneficiaries… • have little or no English language • are not eligible for mainstream ESOL support, as delivered via the Skills Funding Agency • live in areas with high demand for ESOL • are aged 19+ About Talk English #1 Talk English Courses #2 Talk English Friends #3 Talk English Here #4 Talk English Activities #5 Talk English Web #1 Talk English Courses • Take place in community settings • Taught by trained volunteers • Learners practise their speaking, listening, reading and writing skills • Functional topics- shopping, health, transport, homes, neighbourhood #2 Talk English Friends • ‘Friends’ are native or fluent speakers of English • Learners are matched to a ‘Friend’ • Meet regularly to practise English • Do different activities together- go for a walk, visit a museum, join the library #4 Talk English Activities • Programme of activities that people can attend to improve their English and at the same time : - meet others - build confidence - learn something new - improve their general health #3 Talk English Here • Working with local businesses and services to increase ESOL Awareness in staff • Staff will be better able to help customers with low levels of English • Provide authentic opportunities for people to practise and use English The figures Population Cannot speak English well Cannot speak English England & Wales Manchester 54 million 480,738 725,639 1.3% 13,941 2.9% 137,511 0.3% 2,884 0.6% Office of National Statistics, 2011 Census: Proficiency in English, local authorities in England and Wales, accessed February 2014 at www.ons.gov.uk Office of National Statistics, 2011 Census: Proficiency in English, local authorities in England and Wales, accessed February 2014 at www.ons.gov.uk What is ESOL? E nglish for S peakers of O ther L anguages ESOL levels • There are 6 ESOL levels - Pre-entry - Entry 3 - Entry 1 - Level 1 - Entry 2 - Level 2 The Talk English project aims to help people who reported that they could not speak English or could not speak English well in the 2011 Census. • Talk English is for people with skills at Preentry – Entry Level 1 Activity 1: Overview of ESOL Levels sorting task Other languages In Manchester, 17% of all usual residents don’t speak English as their main language, compared to 8% in England and Wales. 1.What other main languages are spoken in Manchester? 2.Which languages are the most widely spoken? Activity 2a: Languages, script and country matching task Learning another language You’re going to take part in a short lesson in which you will learn a few phrases in an unknown language. Activity 2b: Learning an unknown language (microteach) Learning another language 1. How did you feel during the session? 2. Did you find it easy or difficult? 3. How long do you think it takes to learn a language? Activity 2b: Learning an unknown language (microteach) Better communication Have a look at the phrase(s) you’ve been given. 1.Why might they be difficult for people with low levels of English? 2.How could you make them simpler? Activity 3a: Is it direct, straightforward or specific? Better communication Read the statements and decide if they are ‘Dos’ or ‘Don’ts’. Can you think of any more tips for effective communication? Activity 3b: Top tips for effective communication Better communication Watch the role-play and list all the examples of bad communication. Now practise the role-play with a partner using good communication. Activity 3c: Role-playing (in)effective communication What have you learned today? Complete the Talk English Here: Trainee Evaluation to share what you’ve learned today and how you found the session Find out more about ESOL • Watch videos of ESOL learners at different levels http://www.trinitycollege.co.uk/site/?id=1999 • Sign up for free to ESOL Nexus and complete the on-line CPD activity What is ESOL? at http://esol.britishcouncil.org/cpd-modules/what- esol Follow us on Twitter @TalkEnglishReg Like us on Facebook: Talk English Thank you!