Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

Students Given New Digs as Language Course Blossoms ; Foreign Learners Give Park a New Lease of Life

Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

Students Given New Digs as Language Course Blossoms ; Foreign Learners Give Park a New Lease of Life

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AGROUP of volunteers are helping break down the language barrier while giving a new lease of life to a Manchester park.

Tutors from Manchester College have been taking groups of students studying English as a second language to Debdale Park in Gorton, where they have been helping Manchester council staff get the place looking its best for the summer.

The students have been digging up old flower beds, planting new ones and helping plant vegetables in the park's Eco Centre, which provides advice about sustainable living.

The group of 15, who have been referred to the college by job centres, come from a wide range of backgrounds from Eritrea to the Czech Republic.

They visit the park once a week in addition to their classroom sessions.

While their work has provided a huge benefit to the park, it has also helped the students broaden their grasp of English.

Tutor Emma Ireland explained: "It means that they're learning English in a less formal environment because they're speaking to their peers outside the classroom, and they're in a work setting. …

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