FELLOW offers free English lessons to overseas workers in an informal environment
1-2 hours a week
Oxford Hub, St Michael's Church, Rose Hill Community Centre and Cutteslowe Community Centre
Many overseas workers are low-paid and cannot afford English lessons, even though they need to improve their English language skills to succeed in their jobs and have the confidence to better integrate into their local communities.
FELLOW, or Free English Lessons for Overseas Workers, is an Oxford Hub volunteering project that offers free English classes to recent immigrants, refugees, foreign workers and students in a safe and friendly environment. The classes give overseas workers the opportunity to practise conversation, develop their vocabulary and grammar, and learn topics useful for work and day-to-day life.
Where does FELLOW take place?
The Oxford Hub (city centre) in Turl Street, Fridays 5-7pm and Sundays 2.30-4pm.
Rose Hill Community Centre, weekday evenings, exact time TBC.
Cutteslowe Community Centre, Wednesdays 9.30-10.30am.
St. Michael's Church (city centre) on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays, 7.30-9.30pm.
There are two different ways to be involved:
1) Oxford Residents
If you live in Oxford full time you can get involved in weekly teaching to small groups of learners at The Oxford Hub, Rose Hill Community Centre and Cutteslowe Community Centre.
Volunteer teachers need no previous experience in teaching a language. As part of this opportunity, Oxford Hub offers training and resources to volunteers to help them design and lead effective classes. Preparation before these lessons will require an estimated 45 minutes. Previously volunteers have found this a really rewarding experience (and great in terms of developing leadership, communication, organisation and teaching
We are currently recruiting for teachers at Cutteslowe Community Centre and Rose Hill Community Centre
2) Oxford Students
If you're not in Oxford full time because you're a student or visiting, you can get involved by volunteering as a teaching assistant; offering extra 1-to-1 support; or putting together a one-off workshop for learners. Opportunities to get involved will be sent out regularly throughout the term. You will need to attend a welcome session to be able to volunteer.
The next welcome sessions will take place on the 16th and 18th of January at 5pm at the Oxford Hub! You must attend a welcome session before you are able to volunteer.
Support with your application
Oxford Hub is committed to making our activities inclusive to everyone. We can make reasonable adjustments to application processes, training sessions, volunteering projects and other activities, and can reimburse expenses such as bus tickets. We also provide ongoing support for the people we work with, so if you have particular accessibility needs, including special educational needs, please do get in touch at email@example.com and let us know how we can make the activity more accessible.