In Hull, we have a few event/activities in which setted residents and new arrivals work together although the amount of focus/the significance of the event on language development is harder to quantify (if I may use the word). A couple of examples include:
1. a local World Cup in which teams from various communities play https://www.nnetwork.org.uk/news/humber-all-nations-alliance-world-cup-of-football-event/ . I had some involvement in the first event (about 2014 I think) as midfield maestro for Ireland but apart from the fact that Ireland didnt win (LLDL), it was a great event and inspired by the grassroots. I havent personally been involved since the first one so cannot report on it's progress.
2. The amazing Friends for English have a vegetable garden, have written a cook book and have held a lot of cooking events. https://audioboom.com/posts/6989526-friends-for-english This includes participation at Hull's freedom festival. Friends for English are on facebook at https://www.facebook.com/EnglishinHull/?ref=br_rs . Most/much of Friends for English's work is on activities rather than language teaching per se but for more details of what they have done , and plan to do, contact them (rather than me).
In Hull, probably because of funding and also as its a feature of the city that is strong ( in pockets) with 'grassroots' and largley unpublicised community work, a lot of activities happen very much on a shoe string and on a very small (micro even) scale featuring 5 or 6 people and as one off's. This makes a lot of events hard to capture (in reports or articles) but they are a feature of the local context - for example a couple of plays that were put on earlier this summer featured actors from settled communities and ESOL students that I 'teach' (for want of a better word) but when the play had toured the University theatre, the railway station and a local school, that was it, finished. No website, no report, not even reviews in the local paper. Personaly I dont know (yet) if there's a difference (in effect, experience etc) between these (it may be a bake sale or a trip to the Deep - a local aquarium) and rather larger well funded and resourced projects that happen consistently or what the differences might be.
Finally 'my' own project Talking Hull (also on Facebook) is a collaborative project between University students, lecturers and ESOL learners that nominally can be called ESOL classes and we met about a month ago to start planning work on a spoken word performance (inspired by what some of us had seen during Hull's tenure as City of Culture). Quite 'where' we will end up with these plans though, nobody knows at the moment, least of all those of us involved!. As an aside, I'll be reporting on this (and other Hull developments) - long, long overdue - quite soon.
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