Lala's story

“Before when I go to my doctor, my hospital I had no English. Now I can talk by myself.”

A lady in a headscarf sitting in the Bromley by Bow garden reading an ESOL booklet

“I moved to England in 1980. When my children were young it was hard to learn. Now I have grandchildren and they talk in English. I wanted to talk with them. My daughter said “Go to school”. My daughter applied for an ESOL course at the Centre for me.

First time I was nervous. I like my class. It’s so much fun. I like my teacher, she is very funny and friendly. This year I’m not nervous, I just enjoy.

As I have got older I have got happier. Now I am happy. I can talk to my doctor and to the council so they can fix things. Now I go to the shop myself, I can do everything myself. I’m going to do more learning now.”

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