English language for Bangladeshi women

Many members of immigrant communities in the UK are keen to improve their English skills but experience a variety of barriers to existing language provision.

Anspear worked with the Government’s Digital Inclusion Team (DIT) and a predominantly Bangladeshi community in the City of London to help two groups of women improve their language skills and confidence levels. One group was already enrolled in formal tuition, whilst the other belonged to a women’s community group.

Phones were loaded with material based upon the ESOL Skills for Life curriculum and reflective of the lives, needs and environment of the individuals concerned. Results were extremely positive, with a notable improvement in learner confidence and real enthusiasm to continue using the phones as a part of their learning.

The City of London supported the production of a short film about the experiences of the teachers and learners in this project. You can view the film below:

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