Class trip to Parliament
ELP Wellington offers a free ESOL Intensive class of nearly 14 hours per week and they are lucky to access many opportunities for learning English inside and outside the classroom. One recent opportunity was a tour of Parliament which was a great success. The class were really buzzing from all they had seen and learned. A highlight was visiting the debating chamber when a session was in progress and seeing the tension between the parties! There was so much history to absorb and beautiful architecture to admire. Their teacher Ruth summed it up in her thank you email to the tour guides:
“Dear William and Ben,
Thank you so much for such a wonderful visit to Parliament yesterday. Ben, you explained everything very clearly and the students were amazed at how much freedom we had to look around the buildings. We loved the opportunity to learn more but also to see our democracy at work. Thank you too for your flexibility and good humour throughout the tour. William, you have made the process of organising the visit very easy and I will recommend my colleagues at ELP to come on a visit with their group.”
– Ruth Davison and the ESOL Intensive class.
Tiptoeing through the tulips!
The class also made the most of Wellington’s Spring Festival at the https://www.gardens.org.nz/wellington-gardens/wellington-botanic-garden/ which is an annual event famous for the beautiful spring plantings, especially the tulips. They visited the gardens the week before Tulip Sunday and for once the famous Welly wind had stayed away and the tulips looked amazing. They started the trip by taking the cable car up to the top of the gardens and then wandered down through the different parts of the gardens to the beautiful tulip beds. Everyone had a shared lunch in the picnic area before walking back via the historic Bolton Street cemetery. This is what some of our learners had to say about the trip:
“The flowers in the Australian garden were beautiful (Chou). The blossom trees reminded me of home (Kate). It was lovely walking with our classmates and chatting and laughing (Takako). It was interesting to see trees from our home countries (Yiyi). The shared lunch was fantastic (Bruce). The lights in the (Cable Car) tunnel were brilliant (Penny). The cemetery was fascinating. I had never been there before (Srisa-ang). I learnt the names of the native trees (Savinee).”
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