Students studying ESOL courses got the opportunity to share their skills and promote their native countries at a special Diversity Festival event held at the College’s St Brycedale Campus recently.
Over 50 students, who are taking part in a range of courses where they learn English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL), enjoyed bringing together information, foods and objects from their native land.
Students showcased a range of countries including Poland, Bulgaria, Egypt and Latvia.
Alongside the wide range of stands the students also shared their own culture through entertainment and music which took place throughout the event.
Anna Bieles, originally from Poland and now living in Glenrothes, made beautiful Easter cards for her display following the Polish tradition of quilling which is the craft of folding and rolling small pieces of paper to make intricate designs.
Jolanta Godlewska and Monika Warmbier, both from Kirkcaldy and originally from Poland, displayed Polish cakes made from traditional recipes.
Ingrida Lace, also now from Kirkcaldy, and originally from Latvia made beautiful crotchet work which is a traditional Latvian craft. Ingrida enjoys coming to College to learn English and has lived in Kirkcaldy for five years.
Sabri Dzhuvale has been in Scotland for just over a year – he was a teacher in Bulgaria, has a Masters degree and now lives in Kirkcaldy. He said: “The ESOL course is really good, I’ve made many new friends and my English is coming on well.
I have found the people in Scotland very friendly and it’s great to mix with people from other countries too.”
Kathryn McVicar, Curriculum Manager for Education and ESOL said:
“The students put in a great deal of effort and time to make the event a success. Their displays looked fantastic and the entertainment was enjoyed by all. The Diversity Festival is a wonderful celebration of different cultures and a great way to help students improve their confidence and language skills.”
Fife College offers a range of language courses including English for speakers of other languages. For further details about courses beginning in August visit www.fife.ac.uk or call 0344 2480115.