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English student - Anita


I joined an English course at Newton House because I’ve never been any good at reading and writing. I didn’t like school and very rarely went so I ended up not being able to read and write well. That’s meant I’ve only ever been able to do boring jobs because I couldn’t cope with filling in forms and so on. Now I want to get a job that will fulfil me and make me happy – I want better for myself. To be honest it took me three goes before I plucked up the courage to go in and sign up for the course but I’m so glad I did, as I have learnt so much and gained so much confidence. I always avoided reading and writing but now I write just for the enjoyment of it. My spelling has improved, I can use a dictionary well, I can write letters – my children have even noticed my spelling in my texts has improved! My tutor was so lovely – she realised I was nervous and avoided putting me on the spot. She came and sat with me and helped me when I needed it. Now I can speak out in the class – helped by the fact that the other people in the class are all very friendly. To anyone thinking of doing a course I’d say go for it – I don’t know why I waited so long!

Entry link: English student - Anita

ESOL – Ali


I’m from Sudan and I’ve lived in the UK for one year. I joined an ESOL course at Greenheys because I need to find a job and also need to get to know the British culture and systems to settle here.

The teachers are very helpful and I feel very happy learning English with a group of diverse people from different countries, who are all very friendly. The teachers explain everything clearly and have helped me improve my speaking, listening, reading and writing in English. The course has also helped me understand the diversity of Manchester, covering British culture, how to help others and how to make a positive contribution to the community. All this is very important for someone settling in the UK and wanting to become part of a new culture.

Learning English has helped me with my whole life – becoming more involved in my local community, being able to help my own children and getting a job. This course has helped me to overcome the language barrier and has given me lots of confidence and courage.


Entry link: ESOL – Ali