English course 2011


75 students complete English course taught by volunteer native teachers

Javea. Friday, November 18, 2011.

The Javea office of the Consortium for Economic Recovery and Activity of the Marina Alta (Creama) presented 75 diplomas today to students who attended the pilot course offered by English volunteers, a group of 11 native British residents of the municipality. This pioneer experiment was made possible through the cooperation of the Foreign Residents HelpDesk. According to Juan Luis Cardona, Councillor for Economic Development, the programme will resume in January with two new courses, one in English and another in German.

The 60-hour long elementary and pre-intermediate level courses were given in the mornings to unemployed people. Cardona expressed his hope that the newly acquired language skills will help the students find employment. What the Councillor is convinced of is that it has been a life-changing experience for everyone, both for the students who have increased their language skills, and for teachers who have established close personal ties with their students.

In this regard, Councillor for Foreign Resident Relations, Oscar Anton, thanked the volunteers for their selfless cooperation and for giving up hours of their time to helping other people who are undergoing difficult times because they are out of work.

The CEO of Creama, Lola Orihuela, also praised the generosity of the teachers and said that Javea "is a pioneer in solidarity", as it is the first time that this type of learning courses have been offered, thanks to the "selfless solidarity of people, something that is not seen very frequently nowadays."

The teachers were presented with a gift and a certificate of collaboration, whilst the students received their corresponding diplomas.

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