Cafe Lingo

Home » News » Cafe Lingo
Cafe Lingo

Cafe Lingo (Isle of Man)

The concept of Cafe Lingo arose out of a joint meeting between Promenade Methodist Church and Trinity Methodist Church in April 2016. It was recognised that there are now many people living on the Island — and in Douglas in particular — for whom English is not their first language. It was also felt that learning English may be difficult for some of them because of social isolation, and they may not be able to afford lessons at the college. The sessions are free, so that no-one will be excluded on financial grounds — even the tea coffee and biscuits will be free (but donations would be appreciated!).

It is held in Promenade Methodist Church Top Lounge or Coffee Lounge from 10.30 to 11.30 on Saturday mornings. It started on the 15th October.

Cafe Lingo is run by a team of volunteers, several of whom are retired teachers, and led by Karen Norton, a retired deputy headteacher, specialising in special needs and literacy who has completed a TEFL (Teaching English as a Foreign Language) course funded by Promenade Methodist Church. All the volunteers have been DBS checked and undergo training in Safeguarding and basic TEFL.

Although Cafe Lingo is an outreach project of the church, it is not aimed at converting people. Its aim is to "Welcome the Stranger" and to help them learn English in a relaxed and friendly environment.

Cafe Lingo has the backing of the Douglas Churches Town Centre Partnership, the One World Centre, the Fishermen's Mission Isle of Man and the Isle of Man United Nations Association. It seeks to partner with anyone of goodwill concerned for the well being of newcomers to the Island. So far, the response to Cafe Lingo has been amazing, with lots of offers of help in various ways. For example, some have helped with publicity, translations, assisted with IT or sorted and cleared a space for Cafe Lingo at the Prom, staff from Barclay's Wealth offering to redecorate the area of the church where Cafe Lingo will meet.

Anyone interested in volunteering or in attending the sessions can contact Karen Norton on 458340, or via the Facebook page.

popular recent storiesAlso in the news

poster
Webteam: Fri 07 Feb 5:30pm

Onchan Methodist Church are hosting a stunning and thought-provoking exhibition of silk painting by UK artist Anne House from the 31st March until the 11th April.One of the ministers of Onchan, Rev Steve Ingrouille, says "I'm very excited about this great opportunity to welcome the New Generation Exhibition to the Isle of Man. I first came across these paintings when I was living as a...

Image: 280774_283 marriage and relationships a4 report (large) (1)
Webteam: Wed 15 Jan 10:29am

God in Love Unites Us.The Methodist Conference Report on Marriage and Relationships.Our District Synod on January 11th 2020 met to vote on the proposals contained within the report 'God in Love Unites us'. The various resolutions spoke about relationships in general, the churches approach to co-habitation and the churches response to the changes in the law which...

Pilgrimage
Webteam: Thu 19 Dec 5:24pm

6th — 15th April 2021"Come and see!" these are words attributed in the gospels to one of Jesus' first disciples, Phillip, as he encourages his friend Nathaniel to become a disciple — "Come and see!"We all have occasions where we experience or enjoy something, and want to encourage others to do the same, don't we? Whether it's a new film we've seen at the...

© 2014 - 2020 Methodist Isle of Man

Official website for the Methodist Church in the Isle of Man