Crawley College students have been developing their language skills in a unique way.
The ESOL students, from different corners of the world, have been taking part in a Forest School Programme – helping them to practise their spoken English while learning other new skills along the way.
The five-week programme, run by Sussex Wildlife Trust and Gatwick Greenspace Partnership, saw the group come together in the great outdoors and take part in a wide range of activities.
“They had a lot of fun, and it has been so worthwhile to see them grow.”
From learning to make campfires and cooking to building dens and making wooden carvings, the students were kept very busy – giving them the opportunity to immerse themselves in the experience.
Helen Jerromes, ESOL lecturer at Crawley College, said: “It has been wonderful to see the students growing in confidence as they worked together as a team.
“They have learnt a lot about themselves through this project, which has not only benefitted them in their English skills but also helped them develop those softer skills, like teamwork and leadership.