University of Leicester to help refugees with vital language skills

Posted by er134 at Nov 25, 2015 01:58 PM |
English Language Teaching Unit to offer teacher training in support of Leicester City of Sanctuary initiative

Issued by University of Leicester Press Office on 25 November 2015

Photo/ media opp: The next refugee language class will take place between 10am-12noon on Thursday 26 November at Readson House, 96-98 Regent Road, Leicester.

The University of Leicester will be helping refugees to learn vital language skills to help them overcome some of the challenges faced when seeking sanctuary in the UK.

Experts from the University of Leicester’s English Language Teaching Unit (ELTU) will be offering their teaching expertise, teacher training for volunteers with less classroom experience as well as the use of its classroom facilities in Readson House, Leicester.

The work of the ELTU will support Leicester City of Sanctuary, part of a national movement with nearly 40 groups which are committed to developing a ‘culture of welcome and inclusion’ for people seeking sanctuary in the UK.

Philip Horspool, Director of the University of Leicester’s English Language Teaching Unit said: “Leicester has for a long time been a city that welcomes refugees and with the current situation in Europe is likely to welcome increased numbers in the coming months and years.

“Language is one of the many challenges that face those who leave their own country and in the ELTU we have the expertise and the desire to help those whose first language is not English.

“I believe that helping those in the local community who need support is something that universities ought to do and I’m delighted that in a small way we can offer our expertise and facilities to Leicester City of Sanctuary.

“We hope that this support will expand and that this will have a positive impact on the lives of those who are living through a difficult period in their lives.  The support from my own staff and senior leaders in the University of Leicester has been key in helping us to do this.”

The first two-hour class took place on Thursday 5 November and will continue on a weekly basis.

The next refugee language class will take place between 10am-12noon on Thursday 26 November.

Additional classes will be run on Monday and Tuesday evenings supporting in the region of 100 refugees.

The classes are open to all levels from beginner to advanced and are run by volunteers.


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For more information please contact Philip Horspool on

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