Gurkha families improve English

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Gurkha families improve English

06 October 2014

Wives of Gurkha soldiers have improved their English skills through an English for Speakers for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) course run at Arborfield Army Garrison by Bracknell & Wokingham College. The wives attended a course to improve their English speaking and listening skills for their daily lives, focusing on areas like healthy eating, going to the doctor and dealing with schools.

Saul Pope, the college’s Head of ESOL, Languages and Study Support and Mina Chana, the group’s ESOL tutor, recently attended the Teej Festival at the garrison to present the students with Speaking and Listening certificates. On handing out the certificates, Saul said:

“I am very proud that the college is involved with this initiative, and very proud that you have invited us to be a part of this celebration. I look forward to working with you all in the future to further improve your English skills.”

Meena Kambang, Gurkha Support Worker at Arborfield, said:

“We are really pleased that we have this opportunity for our communities to work together – I hope that we can build on this, and that more of our Gurkha wives will be able to do courses at the college.”

The college works closely with the Nepali community on several initiatives, with the aim of encouraging as many Nepalis as possible to access courses that will help them settle into life in the local area.

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