Morley Public Library’s Learning English Through Storytime sessions helping migrant children learn English


Anam Hamid of Maylands with her children Zarrar (4) and Faateh (2). Picture: David Baylis www.communitypix.com.au d481356
Anam Hamid of Maylands with her children Zarrar (4) and Faateh (2). Picture: David Baylis www.communitypix.com.au d481356

BEFORE taking a Learning English Through Storytime (LETS) session, Maylands mother Anam Hamid’s two young boys barely spoke English.

Ms Hamid, who works as a pharmacist, migrated to Australia from Pakistan in 2013 to pursue a “better future”.

After taking part in the City of Bayswater’s eight-week LETS program at Maylands Public Library, Zarrar (4) and Faateh (2) gained confidence to engage with the instructor and speak more words.

The free program which features stories, songs, rhymes and other activities which will help parents and children aged between two-and-a-half to five years to practise and develop language skills.

Ms Hamid encouraged both Australian and foreign residents to take part in the sessions held at Morley Public Library.

“It was a whole new experience for my kids too because they have never been in such an environment before,” she said.

“My eldest son just started learning (English) words from that… he gained the feeling of confidence, competence, how to say the word and participate.

“It was very helpful for me because at home, they are quite alone, that is why it is a really good opportunity.

“If you want to prepare your babies for pre-kindy, it is a wonderful option to go for.”

Where: Morley Public Library, 240 Walter Road West, Morley
When: starts on May 9, from 1.30pm to 2.30pm
Bookings: email Jacqueline Oh at jacqueline.oh@bayswater.wa.gov.au or call 9272 0980

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