ACL Essex launches new language courses – from Makaton to Japanese!
Adult education provider ACL Essex encourages people to broaden their horizons by learning new language skills – whether they’re going on vacation as global travel reopens or they’re looking for job opportunities. employment abroad. Learning a language also has many health and well-being benefits, from increasing social interactions with like-minded people to preventing dementia! It’s a well-known fact¹, bilingual people are less likely to suffer from Alzheimer’s disease or dementia due to increased cognitive ability.
Whether it’s revising the French, Spanish or German learned at school or tackling an entirely new language, such as Greek, Italian or Japanese, there is a wide variety of courses online and in person available at all levels, with some covering specific topics. topics such as food and drink, or travel and itineraries. For example, those planning a vacation to the Land of the Rising Sun might find “Introduction to Japanese” the ideal start to learning the language, while at the other end of the spectrum “Advanced Speaking French Immersion” might be exactly what is. necessary to stimulate someone. confidence in their language skills before a European relocation for professional purposes.
Non-native English speakers can also improve their language skills with ACL Essex’s ESOL (English for Speakers of Other Languages) offering, which develops reading, writing, speaking and listening skills through sessions organized in small groups. Classes take place at locations across Essex, with beginner, intermediate and advanced qualifications available.
Additionally, courses in non-verbal languages such as British Sign Language (BSL) and Makaton are available, as well as speech-reading training. These popular courses are ideal for improving comprehension when communicating with the deaf community, for supporting people who are deaf or hard of hearing, or for other groups for whom verbal communication is a challenge.
“Language is at the heart of understanding, and understanding is in turn at the heart of developing vibrant, supportive and inclusive multicultural communities. It’s also a big part of the fun of traveling abroad, allowing people to immerse themselves in a different culture and make the most of their holiday abroad,” says Katherine Burns, Director of ACL Essex. “As global travel reopens and communities spend more time connecting and engaging with each other in person, we hope to help people enjoy their vacations and events even more. communities through our language courses, which give them both a better understanding and greater confidence in their communication skills.
ACL Essex offers a wide range of qualifications and skills at its centers across the county and online. They also offer apprenticeships and vocational training, as well as core subjects such as English, maths, science and digital skills. There is also supported learning for people with learning disabilities, creative and cultural learning, mental health and wellbeing, and community and family learning.
ACL Essex, part of Essex County Council, is the county’s largest adult education provider. Its aim is to provide learners with as many ways as possible to thrive, to be there in Essex communities, to make a difference for residents and businesses, so they can make a difference for them themselves and for the places where they live.
Learners enrolling in a course leading to a qualification may be eligible for financial support including course fees, resources such as textbooks or materials, IT equipment (including Wi-Fi access) , transportation and childcare costs. Additionally, ACL Essex offers support to help learners get started and continue their learning, if they have an identified need, such as dyslexia, dyspraxia, mental health, anxiety, treatment, visual difficulties and auditory, mobility, learning difficulties, ASD, etc.