University classes to help refugees struggling with language barrier

Some refugees struggle with a language barrier on arriving in the UK Credit: PA

Refugees who struggle with a language barrier once arriving in the United Kingdom are being offered help by volunteers at the University of Leicester.

Experts from the university are teaching refugees English, as well as training less experienced people from volunteer group Leicester City of Sanctuary to take classes.

The University of Leicester has organised the scheme Credit: ITV News Central

Some of the language classes take place in the university's classrooms in Readson House. Refugees who attend the lessons come from all over the world, including countries such as Iraq, Iran, Syria and Eritrea.

The classes are open to all levels from beginner to advanced and are run by volunteers, with the next language class set to take place today.

"Language is one of the many challenges that face those who leave their own country and in the ELTU we have the expertise and the desire to help those whose first language is not English." "I believe that helping those in the local community who need support is something that universities ought to do and I'm delighted that in a small way we can offer our expertise and facilities to Leicester City of Sanctuary."

Philip Horspool, Director of the University of Leicester's English Language Teaching Unit

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