Leader of ESOL
My name is Melanie and currently I oversee the English language learning provision for the NorthBirmingham4Ukraine voluntary organisation.
I am an experienced (although retired), teacher, who, together with another qualified teacher, and a teacher of English from Ukraine with a small group of volunteer helpers, provide support in learning English at Sutton Coldfield Library on Mondays from 10am to 11.30am.
Our sessions are also supported by representatives from Refugee Migrants Centre and Spring Housing. NorthBirmingham4Ukraine is a volunteer organization which aims to support our Ukrainian guests fleeing from the war in Ukraine in as many ways that we can, including the learning of English.
NorthBirmingham4Ukraine (NB4U) has provided English classes since May of 2022 with an aim to teach and improve the English of Ukrainian arrivals in North Birmingham. Our group has grown from one small group to three groups of differing ability as our students arrive and progress. We cater for students from very beginners to conversational level.
We also aim to provide a secure learning environment with a focus on making learning fun and appropriate to everyday life in the UK. As yet, we do not aim to provide examinations, rather, we feed students into recognized college courses as they become available, but we are open to further development if funding allows. We also have a Ukrainian guest, who is a qualified English teacher. He supports our beginner’s group and speaks Ukrainian and Russian in addition to English and Spanish.