Volunteer English teachers needed

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TasTAFE is seeking volunteer tutors to help migrant students in Hobart learn to speak, read and write English, and establish important connections with the local community.

TasTAFE provides on- campus English classes for migrants under the Adult Migrant English Program (AMEP). Many of the migrant students live in Hobart’s northern suburbs, but also in other locations around Hobart.

Some students would like additional one-on- one help, to focus on specific aspects such as writing or speaking.

There are also migrants who are unable to attend classes for various reasons. To fill that gap, TasTAFE offers a volunteer tutor training program as part of AMEP.

After completing 10 hours of online study and three face-to- face training sessions, volunteer tutors assist migrant students for about an hour each week, usually at a community location like a library or in students’ homes.

There are currently about 50 local volunteer tutors, like Michelle. But more are needed, with a new round of tutor training beginning on 15 May.

“Since I retired, I had some free time and wanted to do something that involved literacy,” Michelle said. “It’s very rewarding to help someone.”

Luu Dung migrated from Vietnam at the end of 2021. Although he knew how to read and write English, he wasn’t confident talking. His teacher suggested seeing a volunteer tutor once a week after the class.

“With Michelle, I practice talking about lots of different topics,” he said.

“I want to talk with everyone around me and make new friends.”

Luu Dung’s teacher, Ian Hewitt, was pleasantly surprised by his significant improvements.

“Since he has been working with Michelle his confidence has grown immensely, and he is talking more and more each week,” he said.

“It’s great to see.”

If you’re interested in volunteering, email info@tastafe.tas.edu.au or phone 1300 655 307.

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