About our Adult Tuition Schemes
Toranj Tuition provides adult training to improve the English language and employability skills of immigrants from different ethnic backgrounds living in Hull. We base our training on a small group format which provides support and tutoring in English language, employability and I.T. skills.
Most of our beneficiaries are forced migrants (i.e. refugees and asylum seekers), who have had traumatic experiences in their home countries, or are low paid economic migrant workers, many of whom face social isolation in the UK. They require extensive contact hours in a personalised training programme. Our tutors strive to make courses understandable and work to provide a safe and friendly environment for learners.
We base our English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) tuition on the English for Life series while supplementing the material with additional resources with the aim to create an interactive and engaging curriculum for our learners which will give them the ability to participate and practice what they are learning. Toranj Tuition is now in possession of an Employability Passport from Humber LEP, which enables us to provide certificates to learners who complete our adult education schemes.
The aim of the scheme is to help migrants gain the essential English language skills required to reduce their isolation and find a job for themselves in the UK. We place the focus of the programme on speaking and communication. The two main objectives of the programme are:
- To help learners’ overcome the language barriers to employment by providing ESOL courses on essential language.
- Increase learners’ chances to find and secure work by delivering employability training.
The resulting evaluation feedback for our ESOL for Employability course has been very positive. We have seen a rise in employability and decline in social isolation following completion of the course.
ESOL for Health teaches learners how to access healthcare and how to ask and answer questions in appointments. Currently 14 in every 1,000 new GP registrations in Hull is made by people who previously lived abroad. Toranj Tuition has worked with immigrants who have lived in Britain for over a decade and are still reliant on interpreters during GP and hospital appointments. Providing non-native English speakers with the language skills to navigate such visits on their own are skills that will last a lifetime. The aim of the scheme is to:
- Provide non-native English speakers with the essential language skills to navigate healthcare appointments.
- Make learners more confident about accessing healthcare services.
- Reduce pressure on GP practices and hospitals by encouraging a healthier lifestyle.
- Build learners’ confidence to feel comfortable engaging with the British population.
Using ESOL modules accredited by the Royal Society for Public Health, Toranj Tuition aims to give learners the skills to be fitter, healthier and more independent. We want to make learners confident about accessing healthcare services and, by encouraging a healthier lifestyle, to reduce pressure on GP practices and hospitals.
We designed this course to help learners feel more confident using English and prepare for the naturalisation tests required for individuals applying for residency or citizenship. This course will give our beneficiaries the skills to:
- Understand modern Britain through an examination of its history and politics.
- Understand common cultural norms and digressions.
- Become aware of the dangers of extremism.
- Challenge behaviours and find common ground so our learners can have an increased sense of belonging.
The course uses the Life in the UK series, which is the recommended text for individuals applying for residency or citizenship, which will be supplemented with additional information on local history and politics. Unlike typical knowledge-based courses, Toranj Tuition wants our citizenship course to be about more than accruing knowledge, to also challenge behaviours and find common ground so our learners can have an increased sense of belonging in the city they have chosen as their home.
Toranj Tuition aims to give our learners the opportunity to learn about the fundamental aspects of finance. In a city which has high levels of poverty and high unemployment, learning to manage and responsibly spend money is crucial. Providing our learners with financial skills and knowledge is vital in helping them to avoid risks and will hopefully aid them in finding suitable employment. The scheme focuses on the following topics:
- Banking and personal finance, which would cover the essentials of setting up a bank account.
- Budgeting, how to avoid being the victim of fraud and how to take out insurance.
- Finance and employment and how employees are paid (e.g. BACS), with the possibility of adding content on starting a business if time allows.
Most financial learning resources are designed for learners whose first language is English and who will have some pre-existing knowledge of British financial systems and services. Our scheme will use accredited teaching materials which will be edited and supplemented to create a course that can be accessed by ESOL learners. While many would believe that numerical skills are the main requirement for dealing with finance, in order to understand and communicate about finance, literacy and language skills are equally as important. Toranj Tuition often works with learners who were highly skilled in their home countries and may have been highly proficient in managing their finances. Without the English skills and knowledge of British financial systems however, these skills are difficult to implement in their new lives.
Toranj Tuition has acquired an Employability Passport from the Humber Local Enterprise Partnership. This will enable us to provide our beneficiaries with certificates which they can show to potential employers to demonstrate the employability skills they possess. This opportunity has also helped us develop links with employers.