‘Come Online with Me’ Food, Connection and ESOL during COVID19 lockdown in the UK – the highs and the lows, and recommendations for others

a post by our Director Clare on our most recent devleopment: Online Cooking & ESOL classes. Here, she speaks about the process, the highs and lows and advice for practitioners carrying out similar work with their learners.

Language Issues

By Clare Courtney

Heart & Parcel was founded in 2015 by myself and Karolina. Two friends with an interest in English language teaching, community work and food. For four years Heart & Parcel has provided informal cooking and English classes for women from migrant communities around Manchester to develop ESOL skills in a relaxed and meaningful way, meeting friends and others within and among the communities in our local area. Thriving on human connections and networking, we also ran fundraising events, workshops, markets and catering to generate funds to keep our English classes free for those who were not directly eligible for sustained ESOL provision.

In March this year, it was hard for us to imagine life without a space where learners and volunteers could continue this way of working. It was the learners who came to our rescue in demonstrating an innovative solution, and guiding us towards one very…

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