Alongside maths and English classes in our Worthing training centre, our ESOL (English for speakers of other languages) students take part in weekly drama workshops offsite. These workshops, in partnership with Chichester Festival Theatre, encompass drama games, miming, improvisations and an arts award qualification. Our young people have also been able to watch performances of ‘The Sound of Music’ and ‘The Wind in the Willows.’
Poppy, workshop leader, said. ‘These workshops are beneficial for asphaleia students because they help them improve their confidence when speaking English, help their social skills and are good for their mental health.’
Ben, ESOL Tutor, said: ‘It’s great for students to be able to get out of the classroom and experience learning in a different environment. It’s great to see them engage in different games and stand up and perform in front of their peers.’
The young people themselves also feel very positive about the drama sessions. Z said, ‘I really enjoy drama. It’s something totally new for me that I never did in my country. I like creating improvisations and making people laugh.’
asphaleia's ESOL provision runs all year round for 16+ students and supports students at all levels of English, including those who are complete beginners.