What is Talk English?
Talk English supports people to learn English, develop their confidence and connect with people, places and spaces in their wider area.
In July 2020, the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government announced that they will be funding 30 local authorities to deliver English language courses and other activities that connect learners to the places, spaces and people in their local area – helping them in everyday situations such as shopping in the high street, visiting the doctor or attending a parents’ evening.
Through this funding, we will deliver New to ESOL courses in community settings, taught by qualified ESOL teachers and supported by trained volunteers. Alongside their courses, learners will also be encouraged to take part in activities to build their confidence and get to know their local area, as well as participate in our volunteer-led Talk English Cafes.
Due to Covid-19, we will initially be offering blended learning opportunities. Learners will have the opportunity to attend small group face to face sessions, as well as supported to engage in guided independent learning. Delivery will be supported by a dedicated web-based app that learners and teachers will use to interact securely with one another using text, audio and video messaging, as well as access online learning activities and evidence and record their learning.
The History of Talk English – 2014 to 2020
Since 2014, the Talk English programme has provided opportunities for thousands of people living in many different parts of England to improve their English language skills, access services and get more involved in life in the UK. Talk English has been delivered by local authorities, colleges and charities in Greater Manchester, Lancashire, Yorkshire, the Midlands, London, Peterborough and Swindon.
Our Talk English Courses, which were led by trained volunteers, supported people to improve their speaking, listening, reading and writing skills in English. Alongside Courses, Talk English Activities provided extra opportunities for people learning English to meet others, practise speaking English and do something fun and different.
The programme has been funded through the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government through the Community Based English Language Programme, the Integrated Communities English Language Programme and the Controlling Migration Fund.