College Launches New English Language Courses in the Community

Dudley College is expanding its provision of English Language courses into the local community at Dudley Port and Brierley Hill, allowing more residents to improve their speaking, listening, reading and writing in English skills simply by enrolling on a free course right on their doorstep.

To launch the new Local Learning Centres and courses, two special Opens Days are planned. Dudley Port's new Local Learning Centre, situated next to the Dudley Port railway station, will open its doors for the first time on Wednesday 23 January from 12.00 - 3.00pm. On Thursday 24 January, Brierley Hill Centre on the Dudley Road will also be open from 10.00am - 1.00pm to welcome students.

At both Open Days prospective learners can to meet their tutors and enrol on a course. The courses, which don't affect benefit claims, are expected to be very popular as they are open to anyone over the age of 16. Plus, for many learners, the cost of travel and childcare could be covered.

Widely recognised and accredited by City & Guilds or Cambridge, the courses are ideal for non-native speakers in the UK who want to develop their English for everyday use, and are designed to give students the range of English reading, writing and speaking skills they need for real-life situations when dealing with travel, work, study, shopping and health issues.

There will be dedicated classes with expert tutors to guide individuals back into the learning. People can enjoy using their new language skills and immediately start to improve communication, reading and writing, allowing them to help their children with homework, seek employment, feel more confident at work and generally enjoy life more.

Classes will be small, fun and welcoming, and aim to break down students' trepidation of returning to learning, lack of confidence and admitting they do need some help and support with their English skills.  Students improve their skills in class through discussion, presentations, report and academic writing, and intensive reading.

Bob Chapman, Director of Learning at Dudley College explained: "We have a lot of students enrol at the college's main campus who benefit tremendously from our English Language courses. By launching our two new Local Learning Centres in the community, we are making these essential classes even more accessible.

"It's not unusual for people to be worried about coming to college if English is not their first language, but we are confident our new centres in Dudley Port and Brierley Hill will meet the local communities needs and encourage those looking to improve their English skills to enrol on a course."