The Community Cafe project held its final party and showcase on 29th March, at MountPleasant Junior School, Southampton! The event was a joyous evening of food, dancing, singing – and of course showcasing the work of the project to each other and to our visitors from the university and from the city council.
Sarwar Jamil, our invaluable partner in the project from the Community Languages Service at the council, started the proceedings by giving welcomes, thanks, and ‘well dones’ to the group of teachers who have joined in the work this year. Next up were Alison Dickens and myself to talk about the project, the LanguageBox, and some of the resources that have been created and shared this year through LB. Then came the important bit: Paul Nugent, Head of Standards at Southampton City Council kindly presented certificates to all participants in the project. It was a very proud moment for all of us!
After this, we had the opportunity to show our visitors some of the resources that have been created over this year and published and shared on the LanguageBox. Several teachers talked through their resources – everything from audio recordings + translation and transcript to interactive online activities and colourful powerpoint files. The visitors were impressed by their achievements this year!
We ended the evening with a fantastic dance performed by Abanti, and a song by Fateha (who was joined halfway through by Sarwar), and delicious food provided by all the teachers.
It was sad to be saying goodbye to each other after all our laughter, fun and work together this year, but it was a lovely evening and a lovely end to a really enjoyable, successful partnership…and of course, it’s not really the end. The teachers will take forward their learnings from the project, as will we, and the LanguageBox will continue to grow and be used by more and more community-based language teachers across the UK. Have a look at LanguageBox…see what we’ve done this year – and maybe you will join us too?