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'Fáilte Isteach' gets conversation flowing

Class helps people improve their English

Published 09/04/2013|05:40

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Tutors and participants in the 'Failte Isteach' conversational English programme at the Tubbercurry Family Resource Centre.

FROM all over the world they come.

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The message to them is 'Failte Isteach.'

The welcome is underlined by the spoken word.

They are participants in English conversational classes.

This is a community-based project in Tubbercurry.

Eleven volunteers run the 'Failte Isteach' programme every Friday morning at the Family Resource Centre.

For two hours supported by FRC staff they help an average of 20 migrants to improve their English.

Veronika Borzensky from Poland says she enjoys the classes and is very happy with the tutors.

Veronika said: "Learning to speak English can help people in terms of looking for work.

"It also helps those who have children to deal with schools.

"It is a great service."

One volunteer Mary Armstrong said: "It is extremely interesting meeting people from other countries.

"I find it rewarding to see their growing enthusiasm and progress."

Migrants from Poland, the Czech Republic, Slovakia, Spain, France, Germany, Lituania, Brazil, China and Japan have attended the Tubbercurry classes.

Mary Kilroy, Community Development worker said:

"We've had a good response to the programme.

"It helps people in terms of learning everyday English and makes a positive difference to their lives."

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