President's Award

Talk English

2017 National Winner

Talk English helps people with low levels of English language skills to improve their spoken and written communication skills and become more involved in the community. So far, Talk English volunteers have supported more than 16,500 adults learning English.

Funded by the Department for Communities and Local Government, the project offers a range of accessible learning options, often to the most vulnerable people in the community.

Around 1000 volunteers have received training to deliver the various sessions. Many start with no teaching experience and little confidence, but leave as competent professionals with a Level 3 Award in Education and Training and improved employment prospects.

Through Talk English courses, learners can complete common everyday tasks in English, such as access libraries and sports centres, make GP appointments and talk to their children’s teachers.

Working with galleries, museums, parks and children’s centres, Talk English offers creative and innovative activities designed to engage adults in familiar surroundings. Also in partnership with libraries and community centres, Talk English Cafes offer learners the chance to practise their English in a relaxed setting with friends.

Sue, Deputy Leader, Manchester City Council, said “The project plays a valuable role in improving many adults’ English language skills, empowering volunteers and bringing communities together”.

“Talk English classes have led to parents becoming active learners in our school. It’s positive for children to see their parents learning new skills. It has further enhanced the links we have with our community,” said Nighat, Temple Primary School.