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Welcome English Language Centre
Teaching English to speakers of other languages – immigrants, refugees and asylum seekers.
The centre offers classes in five levels ranging from beginner to advanced. The teaching schedule includes classes from Monday to Friday 10.30 am to 12.30pm and Monday to Thursday 12:30 pm -2:00 pm and 2.00 pm to 4.00 pm. There are currently 350 students attending classes at the Centre per day with the help of 45 tutors.
Students are taking on social outings a number of times a year to places of interest around Ireland.This is facilitated with the help of the community Gardai. Examples of destinations include the Nano Nagle Centre in North Cork and Mitchlestown Caves.
We take one of our classes to the Cork City library every Friday morning, where the students are exposed to literature and a different environment.
Each session contains a break where tea/coffee/juice and biscuits are available to all. This affords the students an opportunity to interact and share their particular experiences in an informal way if they so wish.
Students participate in an event run in the City Library as part of World Book Day each April. This has been a very successful event, where students from various countries have an opportunity to demonstrate an aspect of their own culture to the people of Cork.
Two very successful and multicultural concerts have taken place before a large audience and these concerts were very popular.
The centre has been a participant in the citywide Lifelong Learning Festival in Cork. This affords the students to interact with the general public and vice versa breaking down racial barriers and allowing their many talents to be demonstrated as well as the rich variety of their own cultures.
We were identified by the Cork City Community Policing as one of five centres for reporting racist incidents.
History of Welcome English
When Asylum Seekers first arrived in Cork, they were residing in two large accommodation centres. Many of them suffered from low morale as they had nothing to do all day.
In October, 2000 the Centre began when the founder Sr. Celestine Forrest succeeded in securing a room from the Mercy Sisters and so began the project of teaching English to these grateful individuals. Since the project began there was a huge growth in the number of Asylum Seekers in Cork, which led to larger number needing English classes.
In recent years it became clear that there was a need for English classes for other immigrants in the Cork area who couldn’t afford paid classes and were in danger of becoming marginalised.
The Centre has now widened its scope to include refugees and unemployed immigrants, many who have come from the new accession countries in the EU.
From a starting point of just one class with a handful of students centre has grown to cater for 350 students a day with the help of 45 volunteer tutors.
Welcome English Language Centre,
Contact Person: Sr Celestine Forrest
Office Phone No: 021-4316 537
Mobile No: 087-918 9841