Tuesdays and Fridays
10:00am to 11:30 pm
(Term time only)
Holy Trinity Church, Wealdstone, HA3 5QX
020 8863 6131
at we do?
We run two English classes for speakers of other languages . They are at similar levels - beginners and slightly more advanced. The beginners class is for mothers who need to bring pre school age children with them. The class is called Language Play. The teaching is based on songs and stories. The more advanced class (pre entry ESOL) is also at a simple level but is child free. Both classes cover speaking and listening and reading and writing, often focused round everyday subjects like going to the doctor or filling in forms. Miming and drawing, to explain meanings, and competitions, to help check whether the lessons have been absorbed, both bring in a lot of laughter.
Classes at both levels take place on Tuesdays and Fridays during school terms from 10.00 to 11.30 am in the church buildings. Mothers from Language Play can progress to the ESOL class when their children go to school or nursery.
Who is it for?
New arrivals in the UK and others who have found it difficult to attend college run classes. The majority at present are from Afghanistan but, since we started in 1999, students have come from more than twenty different language backgrounds. Nearly all the students are women, ranging from 18 to 80 plus.
Anyone who needs beginner’s level teaching is welcome to apply. Often there is a waiting list.
Who runs it?
Holy Trinity Church Council (PCC) set it up, provides the accommodation and encourages volunteers who help run the classes. Some teachers and crèche helpers are paid. The students are charged a modest fee, which does not cover all the costs. Any donations are welcome.
HoTEC is supported by the City of London Corporation's charitable funder, City Bridge Trust.
Why do we do it?
As an act of Christian service, providing something our neighbours in Wealdstone and Harrow Weald need – and because it is fun for students and helpers.
Want to know more?
To apply for a place or to learn about volunteering:
Turn up at class times and meet us. Use the entrance of the church on the corner diagonally opposite the library.
Alternatively use the contact details opposite.
The class organisers will reply to messages left.