Inside Out – Moving forward into the community


How can we practically develop both English speaking skills and cross-cultural friendships in our local community?


Do your learners struggle with confidence – or opportunities – to speak English outside the classroom? Have they been attending classes for years and need to move on?

Opportunities for meaningful relationships in the community often need careful facilitating, especially where the levels of English are limited.

Come and explore some different ways of developing both English speaking skills and cross-cultural friendships.

Have you considered a community garden, for example? Or a parents’ club in your local school? How would you get started?

  • Helen Francis

    Helen started ESOL teaching in 2010 when her family moved to Farnborough, where many ex-Gurkha Nepalese were arriving. Previously having lived and worked in Nepal for 10 years with the Christian mission Interserve, they had a love for the people and spoke Nepalese. Also a speech and language therapist, Helen understands the importance of being able to communicate, and sees the ESOL classes as a place of meeting, enabling and building friendships. She is a Cross-cultural community worker with Interserve, and is also involved with setting up bridge-building activities such as a community garden and English conversation...