FELLOW offers free English lessons to overseas workers in an informal environment
1-2 hours a week during term time
St Michael's Church, Oxford Turl Street Kitchen
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 a local voluntary organisation 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.
Volunteering Opportunities
There are two main options for students to get involved (feel free to do both!):
1) Volunteer as a teaching assistant
Classes take place in St Michael's Church on Tuesday, Wednesday & Thursdays:​ 7:30-9:30pm. This requires no preparation on your part, just a willingness to assist others in a friendly and relaxed atmosphere!
2) Volunteer to help lead classes
Beginners' Classes 3-5pm on Sundays and/or Conversational Classes 3-5pm on Fridays both held at Oxford Hub.
Volunteer teachers and assistants 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. Apply now to make sure you are kept updated with dates for training!
Preparation before these lessons will require an estimated 45 minutes, and you are welcome to share this responsibility amongst other students too. Previously volunteers have found this a really rewarding experience (and great in terms of developing leadership, communication, organisation and teaching skills!).
Get involved!
Just click Apply at the top of this page to get started! If you have any questions then please email: fellow@oxfordhub.org.
We're recruiting a Project Coordinator!
Work with another great student to take a leading role in running FELLOW! Read the full role description here.
To apply, send an email with you motivation, skills and experience for the role to abigail.rose@oxfordhub.org.
Support with your application
Oxford Hub is committed to making our activities inclusive to all students. 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 students we work with, so if you have particular accessibility needs, including special educational needs, please do get in touch at abigail.rose@oxfordhub.org and let us know how we can make the activity more accessible.
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