One of our favourite times of the year is when we get to celebrate the learners from our accredited courses that teach English for Speakers of other Languages (ESOL).

In the academic year 2022/23, we had 109 learners who enrolled and completed different modules in English speaking, listening, reading and writing.  83% of those entered passed their writing exams, with speaking/listening and reading achieving 75 and 76% respectively. Passes are awarded by English Speaking Board (International) Ltd.

ESOL classes often provide a stepping stone to work or further training.  Six of our learners went into full-time employment, a further six into part-time employment. 12 learners progressed on to our IT classes, 11 commenced further ESOL learning at Island House and three learners became part of the Hong Kong BNO project at the Centre, funded by the GLA.

The top award, is dedicated to the memory of one of our ESOL teachers, the late Zeinab Ibrahim.  This year, it was won by Shija Begum (shown below). Shija had an excellent attendance record, worked very hard and showed a great level of persistence and determination. She passed all three of her exams and has now embarked on a childcare course at New City College, along with three colleagues who also started at the college.

The Certificate Day took place at the Bromley by Bow Centre when learners were presented with certificates.  Special awards were made to selected individuals who had gone the extra mile to achieve excellent results, despite day-to-day challenges in their own lives and low starting level of English.

Top award winner Shija Begum with ESOL tutor, Linda Haslam (far left), head of delivery and impact, Shahanara Begum (left) and CEO, Elly de Decker (far right).