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How teaching French classes is helping my recovery

One of the service users at Cygnet Raglan House has been running a programme of French classes for service users and staff. In this blog, Asmah tells us about the success of the programme and how the opportunity to teach has aided her recovery.

My name is Asmah Sadiq and I am currently residing at Cygnet Raglan House, Smethwick.

As part of my works programme I conducted and prepared French classes for other service users within the unit for the duration of 2 months. Service users and staff were involved and engaged with me as I prepared and taught basic French to those who were interested.

I created and devised different teaching techniques to teach the group which included, repetition and writing, illustrating, word searches, crosswords and acting to enable the group to retain and learn from the sessions I devised.

Upon completion of the group, I arranged a French buffet breakfast combined with a summary of the French learnt throughout the group sessions. The buffet included croissant, brioches, and French toast prepared and cooked by Ivy the chef. Coffee latte’s were also served and provided to celebrate the completion of the course.

Abbie, the tutor, presented me with a certificate in recognition of my efforts and ability to teach French.

The individuals enjoyed, participated and engaged regularly and attended most of the hourly sessions on Wednesdays. The lessons were produced by myself which made my contribution even more rewarding and satisfying. I felt like I achieved something within my recovery.

Subsequently, I am enrolling onto a teaching assistant qualification course to be completed within a period of a year. This will enable me to continue and enhance my development, providing me with further knowledge to prepare me and allow me to implement my skills further in the future.

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