REAF Programme

  • REAF runs 5 classes each morning at different levels from Preliterate to Intermediate.
  • Members of an extended family can come at the same time but attend classes at different levels.
  • Classes are taught in ESOL, literacy and numeracy. Civics and resettlement skills are taught.
  • Students attend daily the 16 hours a week.
  • Each student has a mentor teacher to help with mentoring progress and developing suitable pathways.
  • Additional classes are held in the afternoons which students may choose to attend. These classes may include conversation, health and fitness, employment English and other topics and skills. This may change term by term.
  • The Carol White Family Centre is adjacent to the REAF programme and offers free childcare for the pre-school children of enrolled REAF students.
  • REAF has strong links with Selwyn Community Education. SCE provides opportunities for REAF students to attend additional courses, including IELTS and quilting.
  • REAF students may utilise the help of our advocacy support staff.

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Timetable
  Monday  Tuesday  Wednesday  Thursday  Friday 
8:50 - 12:30pm   5 Classes
Preliterate to
Intermediate
 5 Classes
Preliterate to
Intermediate
 5 Classes
Preliterate to
Intermediate
 5 Classes
Preliterate to
Intermediate
5 Classes
Preliterate to
Intermediate 
 1:15 - 3:00pm  Option A
Classes
 Option A
Classes
 Option B
Classes
 Option B
Classes
 





Background Information about the programme

The Selwyn College REAF Programme offers a safe, supportive learning environment that respects refugee cultures and families. Staff teach English to former adult refugees with a range of language abilities in their first language. The teachers are trained ESOL teachers and skilled in dealing with those illiterate in their own language. Some students are former graduates from other countries who need to strengthen their English abilities to retrain in their academic specialty. The staff listen and respond to the needs of students while encouraging confidence and competence in the use of the English language. Students move out to the work community or tertiary education when their level of English enables that move.
Attendance at REAF is especially supportive of former refugee women. By incorporating an Early Childhood Centre at the Centre, mothers are able to socialise across ethnicities and learn in a safe environment while their children are also learning nearby in the multi-lingual childhood centre. The programme also offers help to students with resettlement issues. Navigating the difficulties of a strange bureaucracy which can include  WINZ requirements, Housing NZ questions and forms, citizenship applications and family re-unification applications are all situations that former refugees face regularly. REAF helps with these issues and students receive ongoing assistance. Even the requirements of telephone and electricity companies, banks and insurance companies are difficult for those with limited English. The resettlement programme supports the students through all these events. The current economic climate in New Zealand makes it ever more important that students learn English as soon as possible. REAF teachers continue to look for ways of helping the students become comfortable in the culture and society they have come to, ultimately enabling them to enter the workforce where appropriate.