This exciting project aims to support people in Bangladeshi, Somali and Pakistani communities in London, Birmingham and Leicester to learn everyday English.We are committed to helping people transform their lives during and after taking part in the project.
Why is it important?
Language skills are vital to build strong, united communities and without them, residents can feel marginalised and disempowered. This is especially true of women, who may be unable to describe their child’s symptoms to a doctor or in hospital, lack confidence when meeting neighbours, out shopping or using public transport, or find it difficult to know what is happening at their children’s school.
What is the need?
- 60% of people believe that not speaking the language is the biggest barrier to integration (Commission on Integration and Cohesion, 2007)
- 41% consider being able to speak English as essential to being British (State of the Nation online poll, British Future)
Who can take part?
Talking Together is mainly aimed at those aged over the age of 19 - primarily women from the Bangladeshi, Somali and Pakistani communities – although we also welcome those from other communities who have little or no English.
How are the English language classes run?
We've partnered with a number local organisations who help us recruit learners, host our classes and provide a crèche facility. Our volunteer language trainers run their own classes, working closely with TimeBank co-ordinators and the staff or volunteers at the local venue. It's a great way of discovering your community and meeting new people.
We have over 10 learning modules, covering day to day language essentials such as shopping, making appointments, contacting emergency services and using public transport.