Six volunteers (mostly from the Dorset Adult Learning Institute’s English as a second language classes) were appointed to tutors across ten MFL (modern foreign language) courses. Each volunteer was given a thorough training programme and a volunteer handbook to help them with the task. Whilst this was not a new idea in adult education, it was new to languages and was managed in an entirely different way. Students and teachers were equally inspired by this project. It was considered a great way to deal with mixed ability classes, and to give learners more opportunities to practice speaking and listening in the classroom. And the volunteers saw it as a great way to improve their own skills and confidence. Some even went on to do teacher training.
Consistency with the European policies in the field of language learning