Bengali services update

English Speaking Club for Men at Church Street Library

Church Street Library has an established English Speaking Club for Ladies, and a newly started one for men.In order to fulfill the learning needs and demands of the local Bangladeshi male population around Church Street we now have a new course for men at Church Street Library. The informal but structured sessions were launched during Adult Learners’ Week in May 2011, and take place fortnightly on Monday mornings. Because of the high level of interest it has received, we plan to increase this to weekly from the end of July.

The men that have already joined the sessions have taken part actively in discussions and debates as part of the activities. During the brainstorming session learners were asked to come up with various themes for future activities such as health, grammar, vocabulary for work, communicative languages for dealing with school, officials, as well as working with children. Similar to the successful Women’s Speaking Club this is very much a user-led initiative.

English Speaking Club for Women at Pimlico Library

Mahbuba - Bengali Outreach WorkerIn addition to the English Speaking Clubs at Church Street Library, Bengali Services has now spread its wings to Pimlico Library and is replicating some of the activities there. The English Speaking Club for Women takes place fortnightly on Saturday mornings. The themes and subjects of these sessions are designed in consultation with the learners so they are appropriate to their needs. Most of the learners are local Bangladeshi women as well as women from other backgrounds. Like the men’s speaking group their interest also lay in English vocabulary development, grammar and health as well as learning communicative English.

Bengali Services currently has four active volunteers who give an amazing 40+ hours of their time per month, helping to run most of the activities at Church Street, Queen’s Park and Pimlico libraries. We’d like to say a big thank you to all of them!

If you’d like to join one of the English Speaking Groups, or find out about becoming a volunteer, please contact your library.



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