Language Assistance for Ukrainian Refugees in America
A place where you can improve your spoken English
About the program
Knowledge is consolidated in practice. During its existence, the LAURA English language
course has helped more than 100 Ukrainians master or improve their level of grammatical knowledge in English. According to statistics, refugees who escape from war and find refuge in the USA live with their relatives or friends, join the community of their nationality and communicate with each other in their native language. This is a very important and integral part of adaptation in a new country for a foreigner. To avoid isolation from the external English-speaking environment, an English language club can be a good balancing tool.
This club, a completely volunteer project, was created on the initiative of Blair Bourassa, vice president of the HOFT Institute. The purpose of conversational sessions is to help newly arrived Ukrainians to strengthen their practical skills in spoken English.
Visiting the conversation club, Ukrainians can overcome their fear to speak freely in English with native speakers on various topics that are announced in advance. In addition, club members gain knowledge related to grammar, increase their vocabulary, and have the opportunity to share and learn more about cultural and traditions from the life of their interlocutor's country. Most of the volunteers of this club are US citizens, and a few are high-level English speakers from different countries. In this way, the conversational club has not only an educational and communicative
character, but also a cultural and educational one.
Note that! We do not charge participants for attending the conversation club.
For all Ukrainians who need language practice, attending the sessions is free
The volunteers of this program are not professional English teachers. They are US residents who
have received a small amount of training in teaching and conversation techniques to help
Ukrainians learn English.
Schedule and details of conversation sessions
The sessions are held on zoom
Seven days a week 19:00 - 20:00 (one hour)
Each session's topics are announced in advance, so participants have an opportunity to prepare for the conversation
How to become a member of the conversation club?
Every Ukrainian who is currently in the USA and wants to work on his spoken English can join the conversation sessions. Of course, you should be able to maintain a dialogue in English, but don't panic. A volunteer works one-on-one or in small groups with students, adjusting the conversation to your level. Therefore, we invite everyone who can qualify according to the scale of knowledge from level A1 to B2 to participate. Before your first conversation, you will receive a
link to a test to determine your level of knowledge.
To become a student member fill out the form "become a member" below and you will be provided with the following information
If English is your native language and would like to become a conversational club
volunteer, please fill out the volunteer application form below. We will contact you soon to
discuss the possibilities and details. Thank you for your active position and concern for our cause.
If you wish to financially support this project, please fill out the financial support form and we will also contact you, thank you
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