“Without CRP, I would not speak English.” —Sameer, English student at CRP & Syrian refugee
One of our most popular programs, with attendance in the hundreds, our English classes continue to grow since we first began the program in 2008. Available to teenaged and adult refugees, our English courses run regularly throughout the year. We offer six different skill placements to make sure that everybody receives the attention and education they deserve.
English-language skills are invaluable to refugees. Many Syrian and Iraqi refugees in our community hope to eventually resettle in English-speaking countries. Learning to speak English can also help these refugees find employment in the future and more easily integrate into their new communities. Teachers focus many lessons on practical applications, like going to the doctor or picking out groceries at the supermarket. English also provides opportunities for refugees to connect with people all over the world.
Refugees may wait years to be resettled, and most refugees will never actually find resettlement in the West. English classes help them to fulfill their time in Amman in a productive way, alleviating much of the stress and boredom they may face from not being able to work or attend school.
While many of our students are new to studying English, others previously studied in their home countries, where their learning was interrupted when they had to flee. Attending our classes helps our students regain a sense of routine and normalcy.
In order to help our students practice as much as possible and increase their proficiency, we are expanding into an eLearning Lab where students can practice their conversational skills over Skype with teachers we have individually selected from around the world.
We rely heavily on volunteers to teach our English classes. Want to join them at our Community Center? Follow this link to find out more!