Lockdown Learning & our ESOL Learners

24 March 2021

Sandra Cassiano, Curriculum Leader for the Sutton College ESOL (English for Speakers of other Languages) department has shared her thoughts on the positive impact that lockdown has had on some of her students.

‘Our ESOL learners have shown a high level of commitment and engagement towards their learning this year and I congratulate them for it.

Despite all the challenges faced with homeschooling, childcare, network issues and lack of IT skills in some cases, ESOL attendance on classes has been very good‘

A group of ESOL students were asked to comment on how their online course has helped them with their well-being.

Please see some of their comments below:

‘Covid-19, is not a good thing at all, but it’s given to me an opportunity to study English. Doing this course online is very helpful, so I can be more safe from the virus, in the comfort of my home and having more time for housework and family.‘

‘It has helped me especially during this time. When I have the course I feel wonderful. The course encourages me to learn something everyday and keep busy. ‘

‘Now we don’t have a chance to work and meet friends but the course gives me social contact and helps me.’

‘This course encourages me and makes me believe that I am capable of learning.‘

‘This course helped me in many ways, learning the language and relaxing my mind within this pandemic. ‘

‘I met a wonderful group with whom I feel comfortable talking. The teacher is very patient and very helpful. During this lockdown period, it helped me to forget a little about the daily stress. ‘

Find out more about our ESOL English Language department at https://www.suttoncollege.ac.uk/courses/esol/

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