Last month, EAL students were asked to share their thoughts on Zoom learning and their experiences of preparing and delivering presentations on topics of interest during our group classes.

Their feedback has been compiled below and highlights the value of presentations in EAL learning, both in building confidence in delivering verbal presentations and using digital tools like Microsoft Powerpoint.

“It keeps my mind busy and pushes me to think in English. It’s rewarding to share your experience to others.” Azize (Turkish)

“I like to share my knowledge with people. Preparing and presenting presentations also means sharing. It means being interactive.” Berrin (Turkish)

“I’m shy, and giving a presentation requires me to speak, and it’s important if I want to progress.” Nadège (French)

“I learned many skills through preparing and presenting a presentation. It helped me to think more, gathering new information and sharing new information with others. It boosts up my confidence level.” Manju (Malayalam)

“It’s special chance to show people my interested things and my country. I can learn the knowledge for my friend’s home county, as if I attend the tour each country.” Tomomi (Japanese)

“It improved my confidence because I was able to present some elements of my culture to my British teacher and foreign friends in English which is not my mother tongue.” Hang (Vietnamese)

“I enjoy giving presentations because I learn and get confidence. I learn about different items, pronunciation, grammar, vocabulary. I also learn from the corrections to others.” Ana S. (Spanish)

“Making presentations improved my basic skills in internet search and I have an idea how to prepare a PowerPoint presentation now. Also I improved my knowledge in arranging the sentences. Using prepositions.” Rafif (Arabic)

“I appreciated the opportunity was given to me and the attention to my presentation by all my zoom group.” Chiara (Italian)

“I think that preparing a presentation while learning English has contributed a lot to me.”

”I learned new words while researching the subject. Having the correct sentence helps improve grammar.” Nazli (Turkish)

All presentations created by our learners can be viewed on our Contributions page. You can also see our current EAL class schedule here.

Before moving to the UK from Syria, EAL student Rafif Tayara worked as a qualified paediatrician until retiring in 2011. Rafif shares a fascinating presentation that showcases her professional knowledge regarding children’s developmental milestones.

Rafif’s presentation has been made based on her observations of her lovely grandchildren’s development which you can view by clicking the link below.

EAL students Azize Hangisi and Berrin Guzel worked together to deliver a fascinating presentation on cats. With so many breeds and characteristics associated with cats, this is an interesting overview of the quirky characteristics and physical abilities cats have, as well as their prominence in Turkey and Islamic culture.

Berrin supports our charity as a technical adviser and Azize qualified and worked as a dentist in Turkey before coming to the UK. Click the link below to view the presentation.

Puglia has a long and old tradition of religious holidays. Pasqua (Easter) is probably the most celebrated and loved among the locals; for an entire week, known as the Holy Week (Settimana Santa). Learn more about the Rites of the Holy week through today’s presentation which has been prepared by EAL student, Chiara.

Chiara comes from Puglia in Southern Italy and is currently studying to become a volunteer lifeguard for our Women’s Friendship Swimming Club.

Words by: Berrin Guzel

The Whistled language is a version of the language communicated through high-pitch whistles and melodies, commonly used in the village of Kuşköy, which translates as Bird Village. Kuşköy is in the Black Sea region and is located in the northeast of Turkey.

The Black Sea region is mountainous and hilly. Houses are on the hills far from each other. That’s why people communicate by whistling. Today, there are about 10,000 people in the region that speak it. Since 1997, Kuşköy has held the Bird Language Festival to promote the language’s use. UNESCO included the bird language in its 2017 list of Intangible Cultural Heritage.

Beside Kuşköy, dozens of whistled languages are found across the world, primarily in areas where steep terrain or dense forests make communication difficult over distances, such as the Atlas Mountains of North Africa, the highlands of northern Laos or The Amazon basin in Brazil. Greece, Mexico, and Mozambique.