An enthusiastic group of ESOL students at Westminster Kingsway College in central London have completed the Six Book Challenge and were recently awarded certificates at a special presentation at the College's King's Cross Centre.
The students were presented with their Six Book Challenge certificates by Councillor Abdul Hai, Cabinet Member for Community Safety at Camden Council and Governor of Westminster Kingsway College, who said: "We are very proud of the great partnership work between Westminster Kingsway College and Camden Libraries and to the tutors and staff who make this possible. This project encourages more people to read, to engage with their local libraries and continue to support this fantastic resource."
The adult students are all studying English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) courses. The Six Book Challenge has been running in a partnership between the Learning Centre at the College's King's Cross Centre and Camden Libraries. Library staff from Camden have been able to support the weekly Six Book Challenge sessions with the students at the College to provide feedback and encouragement in their reading challenges. A writing competition for the students taking part in the challenge was also held for ESOL students to write about the books that they had read.
ESOL Level 1 student Sakine Watts (pictured left) said: "I hadn't heard about the Six Book Challenge until my tutors told us about it but I wanted to improve my English and I enjoy reading. The challenge has helped me to improve my English and it has been great for my course. My favourite book is 'To Kill a Mocking Bird' and I would recommend everyone read it. This has been a great opportunity to learn and the support of the staff has been fantastic."
Diana Arop, ESOL Entry 3 student (pictured right) said: "I enjoyed reading the books for the Six Book Challenge and it has helped improve my English. I will continue to read in the future."
Di Gowland, Vice Principal Adult and Employment Pathways at Westminster Kingsway College said: "We are delighted with the continued success of the Six Book Challenge with our ESOL students at Westminster Kingsway College. This is the start of a fantastic journey for our ESOL students in their learning."
Genevieve Clarke, Programme Manager at The Reading Agency said: "It's fabulous to see so many students at Westminster Kingsway College benefiting from our Six Book Challenge scheme. We're really grateful to staff at the College and Camden Libraries for making this partnership work so well and giving us such an excellent example of local collaboration."
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