Upper Hutt Multicultural Council (UHMCC) in collaboration with English Language Partners LH (ELP) ran a series of weekly “English Speaking classes” since March 2019. This initiative started at the request from the Seniors who are more interested in conversation English to help them settle better in NZ. The classes have 18 students with ages ranging between 65-75 years old and from different countries. At the end of year celebration, a total of 18 seniors received their Certificate of Attendance & Participation.
Some of the positive feedback from the students includes giving them confidence in having a conversation in English with their grandchildren teachers or at the supermarket. Lots of them say they really enjoyed it. They feel like they have gone back to school. Furthermore, some of them started getting involved in local community activities that they were too scared to try before because they had no confidence with their English. These included: Walking group, Tour group to Somes Island organized by the City Council.
The students are looking forward to returning to classes in 2020 – the classes are so popular that we may need to add a second class to accommodate everyone!