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1 May 2017

Expanding your English beyond the book

Every second Friday a small but enthusiastic group of people meet in the Gore Library to read and talk in a language foreign to them – English.

They are immigrants to the Gore District and avid learners of English, brought together by Migrant Services Coodinator Mihaela Erdelyi. She started Beyond the Book last year to give people a social environment to learn and expand their conversational vocabulary.

“I use to go to peoples’ homes to help them with their conversational English.”

Mihaela got the idea for Beyond the Book after one of her pupils said she wanted to practice her English not only in everyday conversation but also expand her vocabulary.

“That’s when I came up with the idea of getting together to read poetry and articles on different topics.”

Between three and seven people attend the sessions. The nationalities represented are Korean, Chilean, Argentinean and Romanian.

The group has been meeting at the Gore Library since February this year – “it’s an ideal location because we have access to a wide range of publications”.

Anyone wanting to be involved in the group, or to learn more about the newcomers network, can contact Mihaela at easternsouthland@newcomers.co.nzor phone 208 8480.

With the District’s culture diversity expanding, the Council recognises Mihaela’s work is becoming increasingly important and is totally funding the migrant services coordinator’s part-time position in the 2017-18 financial year.

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