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July 17, 2013

Australia | Online

Navitas backs virtual English classes for migrants

navitas-logo.jpgTwo companies are teaming up to deliver virtual English language lessons for migrants and refugees across Australia.

Global pathway provider Navitas has teamed up with AMES, a provider of training and employment support to refugees, to deliver virtual English language lessons for migrants and refugees across Australia.

Director of the project, Iain Rothwell, said the scheme offered Australia’s first fully interactive virtual English classroom, and would replicate face-to-face lessons for those unable to attend classes in person.

“For new Australians living in rural and remote areas or those who are unable to attend face-to-face classes, the virtual classroom will allow the development of language skills to enable participation in and contribution to their local communities,” he said. Launched earlier this month, the programme is being piloted by several groups of students in Victoria, New South Wales and the Australian Capital Territory who are being taught by AMES and Navitas teachers based in Melbourne and Sydney. Organisers say the trial will eventually extend to 200 students and run for two years.

Read the full article from PIE News.

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