Teaching has always been my passion. When I was offered an opportunity to teach at the asylum and refugee center at Skelmersdale, I was both thrilled and apprehensive at the same time. It was a remarkable experience that I had on my first day. I was so happy to find such an overwhelming and enthusiastic group of mixed ages.

All the learners are familiar with the importance of English language in their life being in the UK. As a teacher I too was able to develop new methods of teaching to ensure that I get the attention of the group. I had to be cautious about a lot of facts including the materials chosen, the rendering of those materials and even the pace of my speaking. However, the learners are completely energetic and possess an urge to interact and put in the effort in English language acquisition. They feel comfortable with the functioning of the center and its Director, Matthew who has a tremendous role in guiding them in various aspects. The support provided by him to the refugees is so immense which is evident from the respect that they give him.

I feel privileged to be a part of the initiative taken by Edge Hill University as it added value to my teaching experience, getting to know more about different cultures and helping people to improve their lives. Besides, it also aided me to enhance my skills in teaching, improving my functional skills. I would love to work on such initiatives cooperating with reputed organizations such as Edge Hill University.