Survival English Class
Refugees face the daily struggles of being parents and dealing with common situations in a strange culture. These classes teach “survival” language skills — what to say when dialing 9-1-1, letter and alphabet recognition for those whose language is not written, home and school communication, and other survival skills.
The classes also teach the importance and meaning of appointments, how to be on time, as well as, how to act in a classroom or meeting and how to ask the police for help when in need. Such things will assist our new refugees in navigating the modern world, finding and keeping a job, and receiving services when they need them. In our first training, some 20 Somali Bantu refugees took the “survival” English language skills class. MAMI Interpreters worked with the Neighborhood Center and the Legal Aid Society as part of a United Way grant.
MAMI is willing to develop such classes in partnership with community agencies to help improve lives for our limited English population. Call us to discuss granting opportunities so that such programs can be brought to your community.