How can I help?

18 February, 2009 at 2:25 pm | Posted in Uncategorised | Leave a comment

As one of my passions is reading, and my hobby-horse is spelling/grammar/punctuation, I volunteered as a helper on adult literacy classes in 2000, but had to give up after a couple of years.

Over the Christmas break I decided to see if I could get back into it again in the New Year. So I’m now helping on two “Essential English” classes, and thoroughly enjoying meeting people from widely differing backgrounds and education levels, who just want to improve their reading and writing skills.

The education system has let so many people down over the years: these are intelligent people, held back by their low level of literacy and resulting lack of confidence. Some of the written work they are now producing is very moving: a recent class exercise was to write an account of the plane crash into the Hudson River in New York, as if you were a passenger. One lady wrote a moving piece that had the whole class spellbound – and this was someone who left school with no qualifications.

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