A retired Richmond school teacher is stepping up to the fill gap faced by Syrian refugees eager to learn English.
Faye Samson, who spent thirty years working as an English Language Learner (ELL) teacher for the Richmond School District, says she is deeply concerned about lengthy waitlists of up to one year for Basic English classes.
“It’s particularly difficult I think for refugees because they are here they want to figure out a way in which they can get a better understanding of where they are, and without English, it is very hard to do.”
And she hopes others in the industry step up too.
“I am hoping that other people will sign up to do it. I think that there are a lot of retired teachers who may not thought of how they would go about getting involved in it. With abit of knowledge about it they might be interested in donating a day or half a day for instruction.”
Advocates are calling on the federal government to boost funding for the “Language Instruction for Newcomers to Canada” or LINC courses required for a refugee to apply for Canadian citizenship.
BC is expecting to welcome 2400 Syrians by the end of the month.