Statement on Covid-19 pandemic and Babels classes

Dear students, donors, supporters and friends of Babels Blessing Language School

It is with an extremely heavy heart that we announce that, due to the current Covid-19 pandemic, which shows no sign of abating, we feel compelled to postpone ALL of our in person classes until further notice.

The safety of our students and teachers is always of paramount importance to us, not to mention the safety of broader society, and we believe that hosting public gatherings risks further spreading the virus.

We will be in touch with our paying students to organise either online classes or, where that is not possible, refunds for the remaining sessions.

We will also be contacting our ESOL partners to organise online alternatives for our ESOL students.

For all of you out there, please stay safe and #StayAtHome.

All the very best

Alan and Laurie

Babels Blessing Project Coordinators

ONLINE Latin American Spanish course: Beginners and Improvers

STOP PRESS 30th January 2020!

The rest of our Latin American Spanish courses, both Beginners and Improvers, will take place online (via Zoom), meaning students will be able to participate from the comfort of their own homes.

If you are interested in attending the rest of the course online, please email us at babelsblessing@gmail.com.

For your information, as of 4th February 2020, there are seven classes left in both courses, which have run for 13 classes in total, meaning the cost for a new student would be as follows:

STUDENT: £70

STANDARD: £105

SUPPORTER: £140

 

Arabic Upper Intermediate: Registrations now open!

Arabic Upper Intermediate

We’re very excited to bring to you a new course, designed for people who want to take their existing Arabic further! The course is with our great teacher, Hasnaa, who has over 8 years experience teaching and has been teaching our Arabic Beginners course. Find out more on our Arabic page.

Register now!

When: Saturdays 2pm – 4pm
Where: Copperhouse Chocolate, 1 Chapel Market, N1 9EZ
http://www.jazandjuls.co.uk/

 

Student Registration 2019/20 now open!

BOOK NOW!

Evening courses run from late September/early October to late March/early April, in two terms with breaks for school holidays. Each course will have 20 – 24 weekly sessions.

Join our mailing list to hear about our new classes as soon as they open for registration.

2019-20 Evening Classes:

Arabic
Mondays 6-8pm, starting October 14th
@ Chocolate Cafe, Islington, London.
BOOK NOW!

Bengali/Sylheti (beginners)
Mondays 6.00-8.00pm, 23/09/2019 – 2/12/2019 and 6/01/2020 – 16/03/2020.
@ Praxis Community Projects, Pott Street, E2 0EF, Bethnal Green.
Email to enquire!

Yiddish
Starting 5th October. See our Yiddish page for term dates.
@ Chocolate Cafe, Islington, London.
Email to enquire!

Latin American Spanish
Starting week commencing 14th October 2019

 

Evening classes operate a sliding scale fee policy – you choose what you can afford. Depending on your financial situation each 2-hour class will cost you:

£10 – Student (total course cost £200 – £240)

£15 – Standard (total course cost £300 – £360)

£20 – Supporter (total course cost £400 – £480)

All profits from these fees go towards running our free English classes for refugees and migrants – so the more you pay, the more people we can support and teach!

There will also be ONE place in each group reserved for a person who can only afford £5 per class, they will be asked to do around 30 mins-1 hour per week volunteering for Babel’s (eg. arriving early to help the teacher set up, photocopying worksheets, promoting us on social media). This place cannot be booked via the website/booking app, please email us.

 

Now recruiting ESOL volunteers / TAs

We are  looking to fill up our contacts list and source new volunteers for our ESOL courses happening in East and South East London, on various times in the day from Monday-Friday.
Babel’s Blessing delivers participatory ESOL targeting people who would otherwise be ineligible for ESOL education, and we can offer training, hands on experience and will also cover travel costs.
We are especially interested in receiving applications from individuals with a refugee / asylum seeker background.
More info:

For the 2019/2020 academic year we are looking for volunteers to assist our teachers

2 hours a week

East and South East London

We pay your travel costs and offer training & mentoring

    You will support the teacher with:

  • English language tutoring
  • Basic admin (eg. photocopying)
  • Promoting the class, encouraging people to attend
  • Leading children’s activities

    We are looking for people who are:

  • Confident and friendly
  • Understanding and empathic
  • Interested in migrants’ rights, solidarity, and activism
  • Having a DBS check is a bonus!

You do NOT need to be a native English speaker. 

We are keen to hear from people who learned English as a second language

and people with personal or family experience of migration/asylum seeking.