As English is the main language that is spoken throughout the world, it is becoming an essential skill to learn for professional development in the Middle East. Beginning in January 2017, the Lotus Flower began offering beginner and intermediate-level English courses for women. Each course can last between 1 – 3 months, depending on the needs of the students.
The main objectives of the English course are:
- Increase level of English language
- Provide a supportive learning environment for our students
- Introduce a wide range of vocabulary and expressions that are useful in everyday life and professional environments
The primary impact of English language courses is to facilitate better opportunities for employment; English is a useful skill across a wide array of industries and allows skilled speakers to command higher salaries. Learning English also provides the ability to communicate and travel internationally, and the course itself includes a variety of discussion topics, which helps raise students’ awareness of current events and other topics.
Since the beginning of this year, we have offered 3 terms of English classes with 70 women earning an English-language certificate for beginners.
Bayaz Faris is a 23-year-old student who always dreamed of speaking fluent English and attending college. According to her, the course was “very helpful for me. I could practice speaking English for the first time and it helped me to have more confidence in using the language. I passed my final exams and I have recently applied for an English language college in Duhok City where they will examine us before choosing the best student. I believe in myself – I will review everything I have taken in the course and pass the exam.”