Words by: Margrit Halstead
I started as a volunteer with Ruth 5 years ago and found it very enjoyable and rewarding right from the start. I helped out at different venues and when Ruth asked me in May 2016 if I wanted to start my own group, I was very excited and happy to do so!
Lessons normally take place at the Cambrian Community Centre on Mondays from 10.30-12pm. Our room at the Cambrian is not very big and it was always going to be a small class, between 5 and 10 students.
The class is suitable for people who have a basic understanding of the language. The aim is to improve and to become more confident. Everybody has a chance to speak. I try and vary the lessons as much as possible.
Sometimes I read a short story or an article and we have a discussion. Some of the students love a spelling test! Other times we do a quiz or talk about certain grammar issues they might have. I am always open to suggestions. And last, but not least – we laugh a lot!!
Unfortunately, things are a bit different at the moment. We meet in a very big room, socially distanced and with masks on. We look forward to the day when we’ll be able to return to ‘normality’.
I have asked the students to give me some feedback on what the group means to them which you can read below:
“”Small class gives me more chance (to speak)”.Jianxin
“I spent two years with you and your lovely class. You always encouraged us to speak English confidently”.Ceriye
“I felt your warm welcome. I am very pleased to come and study in your class”.Olga
“I like how you explain rules. I am sure my English is better today thanks to you and Ruth”.Oleg
“The atmosphere is very friendly and comfortable. You kept in touch with us during the epidemic which helped our mental health”.Sabriye
“You built a great atmosphere for learning, like in a family”Bihter
P.S. Since writing this, we are in the midst of the 2nd lockdown and are unable to meet. I cannot wait to see all of my friends again – as soon as we get the ‘green light’ we’ll be back at the Cambrian!