The Ayrshire ESOL Partnership held their annual ESOL Celebration for ESOL learners in East and North Ayrshire at Kilwinning Campus on June 9th. The guests were welcomed by Carol Nisbet, Director, Learning and Skills, Access and Inclusion, Ayrshire College and were congratulated on their achievements and dedication to their studies by Willie Gibson, NAC Council Leader. Agata Chmielewska level 5 ESOL student from Kilmarnock Campus gave an excellent speech about her ESOL learning journey in Scotland, a testament to her growing confidence and proficiency in the English language. The speeches were followed by refreshments and a traditional Scottish ceilidh led by Kathleen McColmish’s Scottish Dancing Group from Largs and the evening finished with a rendition of Auld Lang Syne. The event was a great success with students and community partners alike, a fitting tribute to a successful year of learning and teaching ESOL in East and North Ayrshire.
South Ayrshire ESOL students and practitioners celebrated their achievements with an end of year certificate presentation at John Pollock Centre in Ayr on June 23rd. Learners from community and college ESOL classes were congratulated on their success by Councillor Margaret Toner, who was very impressed by the progress that learners have made as a result of attending classes. Students and staff prepared a great selection of delicious international dishes for the event, which is now a traditional and much appreciated part of their end of year celebrations.
The two events marked the end of an action packed academic year for the Ayrshire ESOL Partnership, as a great number of joint events has taken place in 2015/16. ESOL learners and practitioners in the community and the college have had the opportunity to take part in projects and events such as the ESOL International Market, ESOL Burns Supper, the ESOL Burns Project, ESOL Social Evening, the ESOL Newsletter Project and the ESOL Tutor Training Week.