Town of Victoria Park and Curtin Volunteers helping improve residents’ English skills


Curtin Volunteers ensure the conversation classes are fun and interactive.
Curtin Volunteers ensure the conversation classes are fun and interactive.

AIMING to unify all cultures in the community, Town of Victoria Park is continuing to offer free English conversation classes.

Run in partnership with Curtin Volunteers and now in its fourth year, the popular classes are designed around interactive ways to improve English skills.

Participants are taken through programs that can help them in the community, teaching them the appropriate language to use the library, seek medical care, use public transport and more.

Curtin Volunteers program leader Brett Jarvis said the program was great for helping students further their skills.

“Volunteering not only allows Curtin to give back to the community, but also provides opportunities for its students to develop their skills in real-world settings,” he said.

Town of Victoria Park Mayor Trevor Vaughan said the classes were an invaluable way to reach people who might feel isolated in the community.

“If you mostly speak another language at home it might feel pretty intimidating to walk down Albany Highway and go shopping or catch a bus,” he said.

“These classes give people the ability to practice their English and gain the confidence to head out there and interact more easily in our community.”

For more information email admin@vicpark.wa.gov.au.