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​We are currently recruiting volunteers to teach English to local people including refugees in their own homes, and are inviting anyone interested to information sessions this month.​


We are currently recruiting volunteers for teaching English to local people including refugees in their own homes, and are inviting anyone interested to information sessions this month.

What is the ESOL Home Tutor Training Course?

This is a great opportunity to gain some teaching experience providing access to English Language learning for adults (including refugees) across Edinburgh and the Lothians. The programme consists of three elements:

Introductory Training

Volunteer Tutors must attend a 6-week introductory course before meeting a student. The introductory training will develop your language awareness, basic teaching techniques, advise on lesson planning and inform volunteers about the philosophy, administration and support networks of the programme. The tutor training course is delivered using group work discussions, video and demonstrations from other course tutors and includes an informal group practice assessment. 

On-going Training 

You will have an individual support worker who is an experienced ESOL teacher, who will offer guidance and advice when you need it. You will also receive a newsletter, regular phone calls, attend meetings and training sessions during your time on the
programme. Books and teaching materials are available and travel expenses are included.

Placement

You will meet the student at a mutually convenient time and place, usually weekday daytime in the student’s home, though tuition may take place in the evening. The teaching opportunities will be 4-5 hours per week for nine months including travel, preparation and tutoring. Tuition is offered to students for nine months at first. However, tutors may work longer than this, perhaps with another student. Many tutors work for several years on the ESOL Home Learning Programme. Tuition is geared to the individual student and their abilities. It could involve spoken and/or written English at a variety of levels depending on the situations specific to the student, eg communicating with health and educational services.

What qualifications do I need?

No formal qualifications or experience are necessary. However, you should have good communication skills with patience, flexibility and an interest in people and the process of language learning.


Why choose ESOL Home Tutor Training?

Home tutoring students gives you a great chance to develop a great working relationship, more involvement and understanding of the needs and desires of someone interested in learning English. This course will provide first-hand experience in teaching and will help you develop your basic teaching techniques and lesson planning experience. This course gives you the independence to help develop your teaching creativity and the flexibility to fit around your schedule. 

Our next training course for volunteers kicks off with a choice of information sessions on Thursday 26 January and Thursday 2 February.  Full details are below.

Information and selection sessions 
It is only necessary to attend one information session, then if you are interested in continuing you must attend the selection session.  

Times Venue
Thursday 26th January

       OR

Thursday 2nd February

9:15 - 11:15am



9:15 - 11:15am


12:15 - 2:15pm
Information Session



Information Session


Selection Session
Sighthill




Sighthill

Course Dates
If you are selected to do the training you should ensure that you can attend on the dates below. It is necessary to attend both morning and afternoon sessions on these dates.
  
Thursday 9th
February

9:15 - 11:15 am
12:15 - 2:15 pm
Sighthill
Thursday 23rd 
February

9:15 - 11:15 am
12:15 - 2:15 pm
Sighthill
Thursday 2nd 
March

9:15 - 11:15 am
12:15 - 2:15 pm
Sighthill
Thursday 9th March

9:15 - 11:15 am
12:15 - 2:15 pm
Sighthill
Thursday 27th April

9:15 - 11:15 amSighthill

Edinburgh College 
Sighthill Campus
Bankhead Avenue
Edinburgh
EH11 4DE

For more information and to apply contact Aga Waszak on her email address at Agnieszka.Waszak@edinburghcollege.ac.uk



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