The Stirling School of English is a voluntary organisation that aims to provide low-cost English language tuition to all whose first language is not English, regardless of ability, ethnicity and political or religious beliefs. We try to be as flexible as possible to meet students’ needs while maintaining a high standard of learning.
Our aim is not only to provide English language teaching, but also to create a community where foreign students feel accepted and ‘at home’. Coming to a foreign country, not knowing anybody and not speaking the language well can be daunting. The Stirling School of English is a place where students can meet other students, young children can be left safely in the creche, and friendships are formed. All cultures are valued and accepted.
Over 70 students come to English classes each week and we’ve had students from more than 25 countries spanning 5 continents. While some fit easily into a beginners, intermediate or advanced group, others may have special needs. Some students may have lived in Scotland for a number of years and can speak English but not write it, whilst other students may have learnt a lot of grammar and vocabulary in their home country but are hardly able to understand the Scots or speak the language. We aim to help anyone who wants to learn.
Volunteers at the School support refugees/economic migrants and students from around the world. The work they do goes far beyond ‘Teaching English’ as a second language, helping address head-on complex social dilemmas, isolation and promote social inclusion, as well as offering a helping hand-up to those who need support.
Their achievements and their dedication help them to turn lives around for the better, empowering others to improve their life chances through the power of education.
In February 2022 our school was chosen as the Provost’s Charity of the Year. Provost Christine Simpson said the ceremony was just a small token of Stirling’s appreciation for the outstanding work undertaken throughout the region during the Covid-19 pandemic.
Stirling School of English SCIO is a registered Charity in Scotland No SC051748
Currently, most of our classes are taught via Zoom with lower levels also meeting in-person. The board is monitoring Covid-19 regulations and the latest government advice.
The new semester will start on Monday 16th January and finish on Tuesday 30th May. That is 17 weeks of teaching, excluding the February break (13-17 February) and the Easter holiday (3-14 April).
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