On Wednesday 27 February Halifax Bank put learners on our Level 2 Business course through their paces. Senior staff from the Brixton branch including the Branch Manager completed mock job interviews for existing bank jobs using the company recruitment framework.
This was the final part of a 3 stage process, where staff from the bank helped the learners to identify their own strengths and weaknesses in relation to the world of work, and then prepare for the final mock interview.
All of the staff from the Halifax were hugely impressed with the way in which the learners conducted themselves throughout, and are now going to start advertising relevant branch-based part-time jobs through the College's learner jobs board.
Halifax have already confirmed that they would like to continue to work with the College on similar projects moving forward.
School of English and Maths Lecturer, Ida Leal, has recently had her language teaching research published in the book ‘Continuity and Discontinuity in Learning Careers: Potentials for a Learning Space in a Changing World’.
This is as a result of her ongoing interest in the power of meaningful dialogue and critical reflection through reading to transform lives. Ida has been using book clubs with her ESOL and English for International Students for a number of years as a strategy to encourage her learners to develop a love of reading in English. The formalisation of her idea started when she was a student on the BA in Lifelong Learning, run by Canterbury Christ Church University, here at the College and her research has subsequently taken her to Cape Town, Seville, Leeds and Rennes where she has explored her idea more and shared it with the wider teaching community. Ida states: “taking an approach to English language teaching which fosters transformative learning, helps to enable English language learners to think more democratically and more critically. This is becoming an ever more important skill to negotiate and navigate the multi-cultural worlds our students live in.”
To enrich our younger ESOL learners’ experience at the College, ESOL lecturer Sandra Augusto-Willcocks, arranged for an afternoon of Afro Dance Fusion run by excellent instructor Adriano Oliveira.
Professional dancer and choreographer Adriano, skilfully mixed dance and Brazilian martial arts to engage, motivate and energise over 40 of our learners in an amazing session which was enjoyed by all.
Sandra commented: “It was a really fantastic day and all the students had a lot of fun and learned something new.” Students commented that it was “The best day ever!” with some even asking if the sessions would be running every week from now on!