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'English as an Additional Language' support volunteer

'English at the Library' helps participants to improve their English skills whilst developing a working knowledge of library resources, both off and on-line.

In addition, participants will develop a working knowledge of local services and amenities. The content will be determined by need as identified by the participants.

 This role requires excellent interpersonal and communication skills, and an openness to the experience of being recently arrived in the UK. You will receive training in communicating with people with English as an additional Language (EAL).

Tasks

  • Provide opportunities for participants to develop their English skills
  • Help participants become active members of the library
  • Facilitate access to relevant library services off and on-line
  • Facilitate access to relevant local services and amenities
  • Share understanding of participants’ progress.

 Skills and experience

  • Participant focused
  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills
  • Readiness to be flexible and responsive to a wide diversity of needs
  • Desire to empower participants towards autonomous citizenship
  • Willingness to develop a working knowledge of library resources available both off and on-line
  • Willingness to develop a working knowledge of relevant local services and amenities
  • Commitment and punctuality

 Other information

  • You will develop a working knowledge of how to connect and communicate with someone whose first language is not English.
  • The minimum age for this role is 18 years.