(Men predominate in the English classes and this sidesteps learning around those things likely to matter most to women, hence a ‘women only’ group to be tutored by a young Muslim mother!)
The tutor began with two women from Sudan and one from Morocco. Reporting on her first session, she commented “The students seemed very keen and we got on great. I planned for the beginners tefl class and it fitted perfectly with the ladies. We covered basics such as the alphabet, pronouncing, writing and naming things we use in everyday life.
I covered how to do self-introduction such as My name is, I am from, I am married, and I am X years old. We practiced what is termed Survival English, which covers matters like going to the doctors or the pharmacy or visiting a child’s school. I then introduced numbers 1-5, how to use and recognize coins. We worked with 1p-5p’s and the different ways we could make 2p,3p 4p and 5p, so handy when going to the shops. We spoke English most of the time and when the ladies struggled to understand I knew enough Arabic to help them.
The students were given some simple homework and were eager for two lessons a week. At the moment, I will stick to one a week to see how we progress together.