Learning English with SASS

by Elif Erdem, Volunteer Editor

The SASS ESOL (English as a Second or Other Language) Classes Project aims to provide learners with essential language skills through covering areas such as grammar, reading, speaking, listening and punctuation to be able to properly communicate in English. The Project is reaching 40 people each week. SASS is running 8 classes at the moment, two at beginner level, two intermediate, and three at advanced level. There is also one group especially made for women. 

There will be some exciting developments soon. A new advanced group will be starting, and 2 new volunteer teachers are about to join the team. Currently, there are 8 volunteer teachers, who meet every Friday to discuss what they can do more for learners, to share their teaching experiences, and to find solutions to any issues they face together.

A snapshot from the ESOL teaching team, February 2021

We spoke to some of the learners about their experiences. Lily, an advanced level learner said: ‘Their classes are really good. I mean the teacher George is really a real gentleman, approachable and supportive. I wanna say thanks for their help.’ In the same class, a Syrian learner agreed: ‘The classes are a space for learning, meeting friends and improving our English. The teachers are really helpful and cooperative, devoting much of their time to answering our questions.’ An intermediate level learner from Turkey said, ‘the teacher is well-prepared for classes and really experienced about teaching skills, arrange his speech according to our level and we can easily understand the classes.” Kristina from Russia expressed her thanks: ‘I’d like to say a big thanks to SASS and especially to George the teacher for English classes they provide. It’s a big pleasure to meet our group every week. These lessons not only improve my English but also help me to overcome the isolation. Thank you.” These are sentiments echoed by Yonatan and many others.

Free English Classes in Swansea University: February-April 2017

“ELTS offers free English Language Classes to any non-native speaker of English in the local area at Pre-intermediate level or above via our Teacher Training programme.

There does not need to be any connection to the University. Please circulate these details freely to likely participants and within your own networks.

Here are the details:

  • Wednesday 1st February – Friday 7th April 2017
    • Wednesdays, Thursdays & Fridays – 1300 – 1500
    • Keir Hardie Room 250 Upper Intermediate
    • Keir Hardie Room 130 Intermediate (not Thursdays)
    • Keir Hardie Room 230 Pre-Intermediate
  • We will hold drop-in registration sessions for new students as follows. These will be in:
  • ELTS’ foyer, floor 3 Margam Building, Singleton Campus:
    • 1200-1500 Tuesday 24th January
    • 1200-1500 Wednesday 25th January
    • 1200-1500 Thursday 26th January

Students with additional queries should contact:

p.l.neville@swansea.ac.uk

While we try to accommodate all who wish to attend, pre-registered students will have priority if numbers reach our class limits.

We regret we are not able to reimburse travel expenses.”

Free English Language Classes at ELTS Swansea University

This is information about the free English Language Classes offered at Swansea University via the Teacher Training programme. ELTS offers free English Language Classes to any non-native speaker of English in the local area at Pre-intermediate level or above. There does not need to be any connection to the University.

See here if you would like a free assessment before the course starts.

As part of ELTS’ on-going programme, we offer free English Language classes to all non-native speakers. The basic details for upcoming classes are below:

Tuesday 6th October to Friday 9th December 2015

Tuesday to Friday
13:00 p.m. – 15:00 p.m.

We will be running classes at two levels: pre-intermediate and upper-intermediate.

Free class information is available on the department’s section of the university website.

Please note the arrangements for registration for these classes – while we try to accommodate all who wish to attend, pre-registered students will have priority if numbers rise to our class limits.

Please encourage any non-native speaker of English who you feel could benefit from classes to attend, and distribute this information to any suitable person inside or outside the university. Please do encourage your contacts to come – there is no formality and they can just turn up. The classes are a good international mix of students, and they will be made very welcome.

Many thanks

Peter Neville
ELTS Swansea University
3rd Floor Margam Building
Swansea University
Swansea
SA2 8PP
Tel: 01792 295391 ex 4514
http://www.swansea.ac.uk/elts/
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