In praise of Cornerstone

It is now 4 years since Train-to-TEFL teamed up with Cornerstone, Manchester to help them establish and shape an English education programme for refugees and asylum seekers living in the Greater Manchester area.

Since then Cornerstone has helped hundreds of people to access free tutition thanks in no small part to the dedication of Train-to-TEFL graduates Andres Mora and Francesco Leoni who jointly manage the project and coordinate  their team of  qualified ESOL teachers (also trained by Train-to-TEFL and certified by Trinity College London).

Currently based in the Mustard Tree, the project caters for  English language learners from all over Greater Manchester and provides a mixture of face-to-face and Zoom-based lessons which were initially implemented in a timely and effective manner in response to the first Covid lockdown in early 2020. The continued provision of classes throughout the pandemic gave learners an opportunity to interact at a time when opportunities for social contact and access to free tutor led language lessons were few.

In recognition of the work at Cornerstone, The Spectator magazine recently ran a short article outlining the success of the project. You can read more about this by clicking here.

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