Thornton College students get crafty with ESOL students!

The Migrant Women Project run by Jenny Lightfoot at the main Hugh Baird College site came to visit students at Thornton College. The ladies of the Migrant Women Project are currently studying towards a Level 2 qualification in English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL). The ladies who visited the college originate from Ukraine, Iran and Japan. They were willing to tell Thornton students about the countries and cities they are from as well as the different cultures and weather.

The students at Thornton took part in a craft making lesson as part of their Enterprise project. The ESOL ladies taught Thornton students how to make a playdough tortoise with googley eyes, a fuzzy caterpillar, a friendship bracelet, a Samurai warrior hat and origami flowers and boats. Thornton students will use their new learnt skills to raise money for trips and enrichment activities.

The ESOL ladies said 'We really enjoyed visiting Thornton. The students liked our work and enjoyed the fun of the activities. We would love to come and visit again. Workshops like this help us with our communication skills'.

Thornton students said 'We are very pleased that the ladies came to visit and we can keep the things that we made. We enjoyed learning about the ladies' cultures and backgrounds'.

Tracey Done - Academic Support Worker said 'It was nice that the ladies came to visit. It gives Thornton students the chance to learn about different cultures. It was nice to see our students talk to visitors in a mature manner'.

Mike Edwards - Lecturer at Thornton said 'The workshop activites were interesting and suited the needs of our students. The ESOL ladies were very professional and used their communication skills with great ease. The students at Thornton behaved like adults and thrived on the challenging activities'.

If you would like anymore information about The Migrant Women Project then please contact Jenny Lightfoot on 0151 353 4444. If you would like to hear more information about Thornton College then please contact the Centre Manager on 0151 934 4813.

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