On the 21st October, DCLG invited all the various projects that had won the CBEL competition, a competition to uncover new ways to teach basic conversational English to people who were facing significant difficulties in learning the language, to a networking meeting at the British Council. The event was an opportunity to catch up on progress as well as sharing tips and best practice.
We were fortunate enough to be able to bring along two of the e3 current learners, Shamima Akther and Sayarun Nessa, who also serve as Peer mentors to other learners. The experience was an invaluable one for all involved and gave projects the chance to hear from the most important people in these projects, the learners themselves.
We asked both Shamima and Sayarun what they thought of the day and here is what they had to say:
“I went to the British Council. I liked the meeting. Some people came from different organisations and everyone was supportive of the e3 project. I was happy.” – Shamima Akter
“The meeting was fantastic because everyone talked about how we can improve our English language, understanding and also improve communication. All projects are using different techniques, for example we are using Tablets and teaching how people can use technical things (e.g. Facebook, Skype, Gmail). It is very good opportunity to contact each other and also learn English.
I met different organisers like English my way and BBC English. Everyone shared their own ideas or own experience. I also shared about our Hot House Flower and the Safe Network leaflet we made a.The meeting made me confident. I think this is a very positive symbol of all communities. It was my first time at British Council.” -Sayarun Nessa
Photograph by: Ed Reeves (found on: emulsionarchitecture.wordpress.com)