The classes, which will be funded through learners’ fees, are suitable for people at all levels of ability and are designed to improve learners’ spoken English. They will be very informal, with no exams to sit at the end. Co-ordinated by Herefordshire Council’s equality, human rights and partnership team, the courses can be delivered anywhere in the county where there is a viable group of learners.
Harriet Yellin, diversity officer, said: “The population of Herefordshire is changing. Whereas many members of our foreign communities speak excellent English, others do not and can experience poverty, isolation and discrimination as a result.
“This ten-week programme will either boost people’s existing skills or help those with no skills to learn the basics. We will be making a small charge to cover costs.”
People who are interested in learning are being asked to register on the council’s website at www.herefordshire.gov.uk/english. The registration form will ask them where in the county they would prefer to attend classes. Then, when there is a viable group of learners in a particular area, a qualified tutor will be assigned by the council to run the class.