Adam Bracher of the Eastern WEA attended the national launch of Unite the Union’s Online ESOL course yesterday in London. Len McClusky, the General Secretary of Unite, officially launched the project which the WEA has been developing over the past year. The collaboration on this project between WEA and Unite has been to address long standing issues of providing ESOL provision for Unite’s migrant workers. Due to shift patterns and relocation, migrant workers struggle to attend traditional classroom courses, so by having created an online course that is available 24/7, the major barrier to learning has been avoided.
The course, which uses XERTE software has been developed by the WEA to meet the needs of the learners and covered a range of topics for the Entry Levels 1, 2 and 3. Key specific topics have been created especially for UNITE, which cover ‘What is a Trade Union’ and ‘Workers rights’. Each course contains 5 units and last approximately 20 hours with a writing or reading test at the end of each level.
Unite estimate that this course will help hundreds upon hundreds of their members develop greater English skills which will only benefit themselves both in work and in their local community. The WEA are proud to have worked on this exciting project that will help those in need, and in turn will also be offering a full online ESOL provision in the near future.
The video is Orlando Martins from Unite presenting the software to the audience at the launch event on Saturday 2nd November 2013. Len McClusky’s speech, where he mentioned the impact the WEA has had on education in this country, will follow soon.