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English and life skills being taught in libraries (Ames)

A pioneering new program is seeing migrants learn English and life skills in public libraries in Melbourne’s east, thanks to a partnership between AMES Australia and the City of Monash.

The free English courses run for ten weeks with two hour sessions each week at Glen Waverley and Clayton Iibraries.

AMES Australia teacher Margaret Galvin said the session were a “wonderful idea”.

“The program is giving the opportunity for a lot of people to become connected to their local library and also to the broader community,” Margaret said, who teaches the Glen Waverley Group.

AMES Australia volunteer Theo Koumides, who has been volunteering with AMES Australia for seven years, said the sessions were held in a relaxed, welcoming format.

“We do have more informal conversation groups running but this program is more structured with a teacher and a volunteer and can focus on specific needs and the language needed to navigate the community and broader society,” said Jason Brack, City of Monash Diversity and Inclusion Librarian

He said the council planned to run more of the courses and is building up its resources to support migrant learners.