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  • About Us | EAN

    About Us Since 2017, EAN has provided to newcomers its English learning programme. Our mission is to increase your prospects in the Dutch higher education system and the job market. History Win ter 2016 Noticing a curious a bsence When Phillip Wozny, the founder of EAN, volunteered with Welkom in Utrecht at the Joseph Haydnlaan Asylum Seekers Center, he noticed a curious absence of English language education and started reaching out to for help to meet the large demand. Win ter 2017 A small initiative opened its doors Through the InclUUsion program, led by Elena Valbusa, Utrecht University provided much of the initial infrastructure to get EAN off the ground. A dedicated group of volunteers quickly gathered around and EAN opened its doors as a small initiative in February 2017. Fall 2018 The EAN foundation was born Soon after Kinan Alajak joined as a volunteer teacher, he assumed the lead role and reshaped the administrative structure, significantly growing the organization. In September 2018, EAN was officially incorporated as a foundation by Phillip and Kinan. ​ ​ January 2021 EAN arrives at the north of the Netherlands Thanks to the expertise from EAN Utrecht, the financial support of the University of Groningen and fruitful collaboration with COA North, Seyit Gök and Marije Michel opened in January 2021 EAN Groningen. Our students About 180 course seats are offered annually to highly educated newcomers who arrived in the Netherlands through the asylum route and who are now seeking to improve their English proficiency for academic or professional purposes. ​ Over the years, we've had the privilege of teaching incredibly diverse groups of students, who were judges, lawyers, doctors, engineers, university teachers, artists, in their home countries, among various other disciplinary backgrounds. Many of our students credit EAN with refining their language skills, creating a social network, and introducing them to the city and its university. ​ Are you interested in becoming a student at EAN? You can find all the relevant information by going to our webpage Learn English . Our teaching staff EAN’s teaching staff are volunteers and form the backbone of the foundation. Without their selfless contributions, we couldn’t open our doors to the countless newcomers who apply to learn English at EAN every year. ​ The team consists of a small group of international professionals who enjoy teaching and feel a social responsibility to give back to newcomers in the Netherlands. Most of them have pursued higher education in foreign languages and have firsthand experience with migration. Joining our team means you will have the opportunity to grow in a highly diverse and inclusive environment (both within the team and in the classroom) and improve your didactic and class management skills. Moreover, you can become part of our community and gain a relevant and fun network. ​ If you are interested in joining our team or have any questions, you can always send an email to info@englishacademyfornewcomers.nl . We would love to hear from you! Organization The English Academy for Newcomers (EAN) is a registered foundation at the Chamber of Commerce in the Netherlands and designated as a public benefit organization (ANBI) by the Dutch Tax and Customs Administration. The governance of EAN falls under the responsibility of its Board of Directors . The board members and our personnel offer their professional services voluntarily, without remuneration. Kinan Alajak Chair, Board of Directors Marije Michel Board of Directors Karin Geuijen Board of Directors Seyit Gök Board of Directors Phillip Wozny Treasurer, Board of Directors How are we funded? Our primary source of income is from offering affordable courses to newcomers. Sometimes, EAN is also supported by academic and social impact grants. All income generated through activities is used to support our ongoing programmes.

  • EAN | English Academy for Newcomers

    Since 2017, EAN has provided to newcomers its English learning programme in the Netherlands. LATEST UPDATES EAN Utrecht Receives RechtOpLeren Fond 14 september 2023 The board of the Utrecht University Fund has decided to award the RechtOpLeren Fond (ROLF) to Karin Geuijen and Kinan Alajak from the English Academy for Newcomers (EAN). Read More EAN Groningen Receives Impact Award of the University of Groningen 22 september 2022 Marije Michel and Seyit Gök, initiators of EAN in the North, won the Impact Award for staff and the Public Prize for bringing EAN to Groningen, Noord-Nederland. Read More EAN Groningen opens its doors in the North of Netherlands 15 maart 2022 After our success in the Randstad, we now take the lead in the North in an under-serviced field aiding the academic integration of newcomers through language education. Read More FACTS & FIGURES 500+ Applicants in 2022-2023 with 50% admission rate 180 Course seats over the academic year €12K Available so asylum seekers can benefit from a reduced fee 23+ English teachers donating their time and expertise SUPPORTED BY

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  • Advanced English (Level C1)

    Advanced English (Level C1) IELTS Bands 6.5–7.5 About the Course Are you planning on taking IELTS for your university entry requirement or for a job? This course aims to prepare participants for the IELTS, which is an international standardised test of English language proficiency for non-native English language speakers. This course is designed to develop the specific language skills of students preparing to take the IELTS Examination. The course targets the listening, reading, writing and speaking competencies that are required to successfully complete the four bands involved in the IELTS exam. It also pays attention to improving a student's examination skills within the IELTS constraints. In this course, you will work towards C1 and prepare for your IETLS test. Learning goals This course will take you towards the C1 level, and by the end of this course, you will: To adapt general English competencies to the specific requirements of the IELTS examination. To develop the necessary language skills to ensure success in the IELTS examination. To develop analytical skills by investigating a range of texts. To practice IELTS exam-taking skills. Method We focus on four different IELTS test modules; listening, reading, writing and speaking. The students’ development is provided through taking sample tests and receiving personalised feedback, alongside a wide range of meaningful activities, tasks and assignments, such as extensive listening and reading, allowing them to understand the English language comprehensively from authentic and meaningful contexts. We aim to create a learner-centred environment in which students’ needs, abilities and interests in English are constantly negotiated and considered. We work very hard to update and improve our curriculum regularly by: Researching how to improve our lessons. Taking into account your feedback. Developing material and tasks that help you practice real-life situations you might encounter as a newcomer. Integrating many speaking activities into our lessons, usually implemented in pairs or groups, to encourage interaction inside the classroom. Time investment You're expected to make time for: 22 group lessons at 4 hours a week. 2 hours of homework a week to keep up with the classes. For students who want to make maximum progress, you can always practice at home with extra exercises from your teacher and use helpful websites for more English content. Your instructor(s) At EAN, we offer our courses for a very low fee thanks to our volunteer teachers who have diverse backgrounds and differing amounts of teaching experience. Because those teachers are volunteers, they usually have other commitments or responsibilities such as focusing on their own studies or paid work. Practical English as language of instruction in the classroom. 100% free online material on an easily accessible platform. Upon request, receive a certificate of participation.

  • News

    Latest News 14 sep. 2023 EAN Utrecht Receives RechtOpLeren Fond The board of the Utrecht University Fund has decided to award the RechtOpLeren Fond (ROLF) to Karin Geuijen and Kinan Alajak from the English Academy for Newcomers (EAN). Read More 22 sep. 2022 EAN Groningen Receives Impact Award of the University of Groningen Marije Michel and Seyit Gök, initiators of EAN in the North, won the Impact Award for staff and the Public Prize for bringing EAN to Groningen, Noord-Nederland. Read More 15 mrt. 2022 EAN Groningen opens its doors in the North of Netherlands After our success in the Randstad, we now take the lead in the North in an under-serviced field aiding the academic integration of newcomers through language education. Read More 3 jul. 2019 Hogeschool Utrecht & EAN Announce Community Partnership English Academy for Newcomers (EAN) and Hogeschool Utrecht (Teacher Education) announce partnership that will support the EAN English language education through teaching internships Read More

  • Hogeschool Utrecht & EAN Announce Community Partnership

    < Back Hogeschool Utrecht & EAN Announce Community Partnership Phillip Wozny 3 jul. 2019 English Academy for Newcomers (EAN) and Hogeschool Utrecht (Teacher Education) announce partnership that will support the EAN English language education through teaching internships The partnership agenda provides select students with the opportunity to gain professional experience in teaching English for their HU Teacher Education Program. At EAN, the end goal is for its newcomer-students to take and pass the IELTS test, so that they can enrol in a university. Through this internship, participants will be a part of the teaching team helping to make this happen. Teaching interns will be working together with EAN’s experienced educators who will provide them with supervision and support. They will also receive training in Task-Based Learning (TBL) methods. TBL embeds language education in a context unique to the students’ particular needs. “We are very excited to see the interaction between the HU students and ours. This partnership will not only be another source of knowledge to drive innovation in our programs but also a chance to raise the awareness of young local communities on the importance of education to newcomers in rebuilding their lives in the Netherlands.” said Kinan Alajak, executive director EAN. “We are looking forward to collaborating with the English Academy for Newcomers. This will certainly be a win-win situation as our students will gain valuable hands-on experience teaching English to second or third language learners and the participants will benefit from newly acquired knowledge on how to improve their language skills. Apart from these practical considerations the HU also has a social responsibility towards refugees, recognising their capabilities and playing an active part in helping them regain their lives and careers.” said Jenny du Plessis, HU international coordinator. Students aren’t the only ones expected to develop. Interns grow in their professional capacity by responding to feedback. Similarly HU and EAN focus on creating an environment of continuous learning among our students and teachers. Previous Next

  • EAN Groningen Receives Impact Award of the University of Groningen

    < Back EAN Groningen Receives Impact Award of the University of Groningen Kinan Alajak, photo by Niels Brouwers 22 sep. 2022 Marije Michel and Seyit Gök, initiators of EAN in the North, won the Impact Award for staff and the Public Prize for bringing EAN to Groningen, Noord-Nederland. Marije and Seyit transported the EAN concept to Groningen in January 2022, with the aim of helping newcomers with a refugee background with their academic integration through language education. Six groups of highly educated newcomers from Groningen, Friesland and Drenthe have now started English lessons, which are provided by volunteer teachers. Jury chairman Riemke Scharff, head of communications at the Hunebedcentrum at University of Groningen, praised this initiative for the direct impact it has on people's lives. The jury was also impressed by the publication Michel and Gok wrote, which contains concrete tools that can be used by others. The project also received the most votes from the public, and therefore also won the Public prize. Read more at the University of Groningen website: https://www.rug.nl/let/onze-faculteit/actueel/nieuwsberichten-2022/impact-award-and-the-public-prize-for-english-academy-for-newcomers Previous Next

  • Upper Intermediate English (Level B2)

    Upper Intermediate English (Level B2) IELTS Bands 5–6.5 About the Course Can you use English and understand the main points in more complex situations, such as work, school, or other topics of interest? Do you want to improve your English and bring it to a more proficient level so that you can handle more complex situations? This course will enable you to formulate more developed speaking and writing ideas and enhance your listening and reading comprehension. You will work towards B2 English and lay the foundations for the C1 level. Learning goals This course will take you towards level B2, and by the time you finish this course: Increase your confidence increased in using English Learn a lot of useful words and phrases that will make it easier for you to express yourself when speaking and writing. Find talking about and understanding abstract ideas and information more accessible. Understand much more of the English you read and hear. Method We focus on four basic skills of the English language: speaking, writing, reading and listening. The students’ development is provided through a wide range of meaningful activities, tasks and assignments, such as extensive listening and reading, allowing them to understand the English language comprehensively from authentic and meaningful contexts. We aim to create a learner-centred environment in which students’ needs, abilities and interests in English are constantly negotiated and considered. We work very hard to update and improve our curriculum regularly by: Researching how to improve our lessons. Taking into account your feedback. Developing material and tasks that help you practice real-life situations you might encounter as a newcomer. Integrating many speaking activities into our lessons, usually implemented in pairs or groups, to encourage interaction inside the classroom. Time investment You're expected to make time for: 22 group lessons at 4 hours a week. 2 hours of homework a week to keep up with the classes. For students who want to make maximum progress, you can always practice at home with extra exercises from your teacher and use helpful websites for more English content. Your instructor(s) At EAN, we offer our courses for a very low fee thanks to our volunteer teachers who have diverse backgrounds and differing amounts of teaching experience. Because those teachers are volunteers, they usually have other commitments or responsibilities such as focusing on their own studies or paid work. Practical English as language of instruction in the classroom. 100% free online material on an easily accessible platform. Upon request, receive a certificate of participation.

  • Intermediate English (Level B1)

    Intermediate English (Level B1) IELTS Bands 4–5 About the Course Can you give your opinion in most familiar situations and maintain a short conversation in English? Have you started working on structured writing, speaking, listening and reading but would like to use English to discuss more complex topics? In this course, you will work towards the B1 level and prepare for our B2 level course. Learning goals This course will take you towards the B1 level, and by the end of this course, you will: Feel more confident using English in daily life. Learn how to communicate in more complex situations. Learn about writing essays, how to look at listening exercises, how to approach reading texts, and how to speak about more complex topics, Make longer, more accurate sentences and communicate more complicated ideas. Participate in meetings and discussions in English about more complex but familiar subjects, such as work, school, and travelling, with greater ease. Method We focus on four basic skills of the English language: speaking, writing, reading and listening. The students’ development is provided through a wide range of meaningful activities, tasks and assignments, such as extensive listening and reading, allowing them to understand the English language comprehensively from authentic and meaningful contexts. We aim to create a learner-centred environment in which students’ needs, abilities and interests in English are constantly negotiated and considered. We work very hard to update and improve our curriculum regularly by: Researching how to improve our lessons. Taking into account your feedback. Developing material and tasks that help you practice real-life situations you might encounter as a newcomer. Integrating many speaking activities into our lessons, usually implemented in pairs or groups, to encourage interaction inside the classroom. Time investment You're expected to make time for: 22 group lessons at 4 hours a week. 2 hours of homework a week to keep up with the classes. For students who want to make maximum progress, you can always practice at home with extra exercises from your teacher and use helpful websites for more English content. Your instructor(s) At EAN, we offer our courses for a very low fee thanks to our volunteer teachers who have diverse backgrounds and differing amounts of teaching experience. Because those teachers are volunteers, they usually have other commitments or responsibilities such as focusing on their own studies or paid work. Practical English as language of instruction in the classroom. 100% free online material on an easily accessible platform. Upon request, receive a certificate of participation.

  • EAN Groningen opens its doors in the North of Netherlands

    < Back EAN Groningen opens its doors in the North of Netherlands Kinan Alajak, ©UG, photo: Marcel Spanjer 15 mrt. 2022 After our success in the Randstad, we now take the lead in the North in an under-serviced field aiding the academic integration of newcomers through language education. In January 2022, EAN opened its new doors in the North. Two groups of highly educated newcomers from Groningen, Friesland and Drenthe started English classes provided by dedicated volunteer teachers under guidance of Dr Seyit Gök (Academic Director) and Prof. Dr. Marije Michel (Academic Director). Many thanks to the expertise from EAN Utrecht, the financial support of the Faculty of Arts and fruitful collaboration with COA North. Stay tuned for more news from EAN Groningen. Previous Next

  • Courses

    Choosing a course From intermediate to advanced levels, we’re here to help. We have courses to prepare you for English language proficiency tests, like IELTS. Important: Not everybody can choose their course level. Learn more about the Binding Study Advice (BSA) . Intermediate English (Level B1) IELTS Bands 4–5 22 group lessons at 4 hours a week 150,- / 45,- 9 January 2024 + 1 more date View Course Upper Intermediate English (Level B2) IELTS Bands 5–6.5 22 group lessons at 4 hours a week 150,- / 45,- 9 January 2024 + 1 more date View Course Advanced English (Level C1) IELTS Bands 6.5–7.5 22 group lessons at 4 hours a week 150,- / 45,- 9 January 2024 + 1 more date View Course

  • EAN Utrecht Receives RechtOpLeren Fond

    < Back EAN Utrecht Receives RechtOpLeren Fond Aukje Hopmans, ©UU, photo: Dick Boetekees 14 sep. 2023 The board of the Utrecht University Fund has decided to award the RechtOpLeren Fond (ROLF) to Karin Geuijen and Kinan Alajak from the English Academy for Newcomers (EAN). The ROLF will enable EAN to make over € 12,000 available so that asylum seekers can benefit from a reduced admission fee during the academic year 2023-2024. About the RechtOpLeren Fond (ROLF) The RechtOpLeren Fonds (ROLF) aims to promote the inclusiveness of Utrecht University and the city/region. Founded by prof. dr. Bert van der Zwaan and dr. Wilma Wessels, the ROLF supports initiatives and projects aimed at helping refugees and other disadvantaged people develop their talents to the full, either by promoting higher education promotion or enabling access to the Dutch university system in relation to Utrecht University. Read more about the ROLF at https://www.uu.nl/organisatie/doneren/rechtopleren-fonds Previous Next

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