English School
Providing a specialised English language school for refugees and migrants
To improve English communication skills in order to facilitate socio-economic integration and well-being of asylum seekers, refugees, migrants and South Africans.
Refugees and migrants who lack English language skills face greater barriers in adjusting to life in South Africa, accessing social services, and securing employment. To address this need, we provide a specialised English language school to promote empowerment, integration, and student success. Our multinational clientele incorporates more than eight African countries, creating a diverse learning environment for over 1300 students a year.
If you are interested in volunteering with the English School, you can find more information on the volunteer page.
  • To provide bespoke English language classes that are taught by a volunteer teaching staff.
  • To facilitate informal social opportunities for the enhancement of English conversation.
  • To offer a specialised Literacy programme that develops reading and writing skills.
Practical English Classes
The English School curriculum was developed specifically for Scalabrini clients, and thematically organised to assist our clients with integration in Cape Town. The curriculum is divided into levels from Beginner A to Intermediate C, and the standards for each level are aligned with the Common European Framework of References for Languages (CEFR). Classes are taught by a team of around 25 volunteer teachers inducted into the digital curriculum and donate their time.
• 12 weeks per term (6 weeks to cover the CEFR work and then 6 weeks of conversation)
• Placement test based on CEFR grammar levels to determine appropriate level for each client
• 3 instructional hours per week
• Written and oral examinations
R300 fee per term
  • Activities each term may include: World Café, Body Mapping and Soapbox afternoons
Literacy Programme
We have a basic literacy and handwriting class for students who have had interrupted learning opportunities or who do not know the alphabet. These students meet for a 3 hour block on Fridays in a large, friendly class with at least three teachers roving. The material used is an adaptation of the now-defunct National Literacy Campaign.
These students tarry in this class until they have the skills and confidence to join the first Beginner level. Students registered in other classes are also hosted here as “visitors” to build basic literacy skills and confidence. In addition, this literacy class hosts women from the Women’s Platform while they wait for registration. This is so that basic language learning is continued whilst students are caught between registration periods.
• 12 week course
• 3 instructional hours each week
• Focus on learning to read and write in English
R300 fee per term
If you are interested in volunteering with the English School, you can find more information on the volunteer page.