Usually English Language Partners Hawke's Bay would offer face to face English language classes to new New Zealanders in Napier and Hastings. The COVID-19 lockdown put an end to this, but it presented a unique opportunity to offer an online English language learning platform.
From the second week of lock down, five English classes went live online, reaching learners as far away as Central Hawke's Bay.
Manager Angela Botha says “For learners in Napier who are isolated and whose English language is limited, having a weekly online class to practice English, socialise with other learners, and continue to learn, was a huge support.”
“Online learning was also a huge support for our volunteer ESOL Home Tutors and the learners they usually teach at home. WhatsApp, Zoom, text messages, emails and of course the telephone, meant our volunteers could stay connected to their learners, and continue to support their language learning. We will continue this support until one to one tutoring can resume.”
During Alert Level 2, English Language Partners HB is offering both online and face to face classes (with social distancing and increased cleaning, of course). If learners are comfortable, they can return to class, but online is still an option to help those who want it.
20 May 2020
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