Wagga's Language Cafe embraces the city's cultural diversity and helps people from a non-English speaking background practice conversational English.
Library manager Claire Campbell is calling for more volunteers to continue the success.
“Three times a week, volunteers help participants practice their English through conversation in our Community Learning Space,” she said.
“Wagga has a growing Cultural and Linguistic Diverse community and our participants have come from more than 30 countries of origin such as Syria, Iraq, Iran, Korea, China, India, Japan, Sri Lanka, Burma, Spain, Afghanistan, Mexico, Pakistan, Indonesia and Columbia.
“With the growth of interest in the Language Café, we are putting the call out to community members who can help these new residents to Wagga Wagga and Australia improve their English, as well as their understanding of our unique Aussie culture.”
Library assistant Mahsa Nikzad, originally from Iran, participated in the Language Café to improve her English and is now part of the team that runs it.
“The Language Café was a good way to improve my self-confidence as an English learner along with improving my conversational English,” she said.
“It’s also the best way of making new friends.”
The sessions are held on Monday, Thursday and Saturday during school terms from 11am to 12.30pm. Anyone interested can email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 6926 9700.
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