Κολέγιο CITY College
Main Campus, Thessaloniki, Greece
05 September 2019

All 10 students of the Public Engagement Scheme organised by the English Studies Department succeed in the B2 English language exam

Congratulations to all students who succeeded in the B2 exams!

Three years ago the English Studies Department of CITY College, The International Faculty of the University of Sheffield, in collaboration with the Municipality of Thessaloniki decided to launch the Public Engagement Scheme called "English Language Lessons for Teenagers". Its goals were to offer free English classes to students who come from financially vulnerable families, help them improve their language level so as to take B2 exams, but also raise awareness about social issues and have the chance to give back to the community. Alongside the above goals, the specific project provided the framework for final-year undergraduate students of the English Studies Department to conduct their teaching practice, under the supervision and guidance of our lecturers, Dr Cathy Marazi during the first year followed by Dr Vicky Papachristou the other two.

Malala Yousafzai, education advocate and Nobel Prize laureate, said that "One child, one teacher, one book, one pen can change the world". In our Public Engagement Scheme, after 3 years of more than 30 teachers, more than 10 books and countless pens, we believe that our students have managed to change their world and have become more knowledgeable in order to pursue their dreams. We are delighted to announce that all ten students who took the LRN B2 exam in June 2019 were successful and achieved their goal. It is important to note that 7 of them were awarded the certificate with distinction.

CITY College Public Engagement Scheme students with Dr Vicky Papachristou

Our Public Engagement Scheme students with Dr Vicky Papachristou

We would like to warmly thank the Municipality of Thessaloniki, the Deputy Mayor's Office for Social Policy and Solidarity and the Municipality’s Public School (‘Koinoniko Frontistirio’) for the cooperation and support in the frame of the Public Engagement Scheme. Of course this success would not have been possible without the voluntary contribution of staff members, Master's students and alumni of the English Studies Department as well as of Bachelor's students undertaking their teaching practice, who have devoted several hours teaching, preparing and helping students of the Public Engagement Scheme attain their goal. Last but not least, special thanks are owed to Express Publishing for donating all the materials both for students and teachers throughout these 3 years.  

Following this successful recipe, we will all continue offering back to society by helping new students realise their goals and dreams for another 3 years.

Our warmest congratulations to all students and teachers! We are extremely proud of you!

 

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