ESOL - A lifeline
From Voices 8 June 2015
A story about “grass roots level” life changes for very isolated new Asian migrants in Auckland South. Some students will walk for miles just so they don’t miss their weekly ESOL (English as a second language) classes with “Teacher Indu.” The ESOL classes in this story are unique in that they actually cater for new migrants within their own communities, so the students are learning at their local temples or community centres, rather than at educational institutions. English Language Partners, Auckland South design classes to work with everyday situations that many new migrants, particularly elderly women, single parents or former refugees find intrinsically helpful. Lynda Chanwai-Earle travels to Papatoetoe to meet Teacher Indu and her students.
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