A new year means lots of new bright ideas at The Dock – and The English Corner is one of the brightest yet…
Lots of our customers in Dock Cafe come from all over the world – but for those who are settling here (and sometimes, for those who want to volunteer at Dock Cafe) there’s often a bit of a language barrier – especially when a bunch of Belfast locals get chatting to each other!
The English Corner will be led by Jackie, one of the Volunteers in the café. She has been a teacher here in Northern Ireland for 30 years and has taught English to Chinese students in Jilin University, Changchun for 3 semesters, living in China for almost 2 years. She has recruited a number of retired teachers to help in this project.
The idea is to give foreign students a class where they can practise and improve their English – and maybe even learn some ‘conversational Northern Irish’ as well!
So if having a bit of banter with yer wee mucker when it’s baltic out leaves you scundered and holding yer wheesht and saying “Here’s me wha?” rather than enjoying the craic, then catch yourself on and get stuck in!
(translation: if you haven’t a clue what any of this means, maybe the English Corner is for you!)
You can pick up an application form at Dock Cafe or click here:
Application to join the English Corner in The Dock Cafe
All students must be aged 18 or over. Classes will start at the beginning of February and you’ll also get to enjoy a mug of tasty soup and meet some new friends as well as practising your language skills.
Beezer! Keep ‘er lit!
Coffee drinkers of the world rejoice… the doors of Dock Cafe are open, the kettle is on and life is returning to normal!
Call in soon to enjoy your first Honest Cuppa of 2017…
And big thanks to everyone who joined us on a glorious baltic afternoon to start the year in style at our New Years Dock Walk
As well as seeing the sights (including HMS Caroline back in her berth at Alexandra Dock, sunset over the Titanic Slipways and a new moon over Samson & Goliath), it was great to give thanks for 2016 and get inspiration for 2017 with such a fab bunch of people!
(thanks to Chris & Alan for some of the photos!)
New Year’s Day Dock Walk – meet at Dock Cafe @ 3:33pm
The Dock Walk was how the Dock project began all those years ago – a group of people meeting to walk, pray, explore and celebrate the emerging Titanic Quarter every Sunday afternoon (even when it was mostly just a building site).
Rain, hail or shine, off we trekked… Could we have dared to hope, as we embarked on those first walks, that within a few short years we would be part of an Honesty Box Cafe, a Pop-Up Market, a shared Chaplaincy project, and the explosion of Life in the Titanic Quarter!
So a Dock Walk is the perfect way to start a year – and to get ready for whatever surprises, changes, challenges and excitements 2017 may have in store for us.
We’ll meet at Dock Cafe at 3:33 (where we shall return for good strong coffee at the end of the walk). Bring sensible shoes and a decent coat and be ready to walk 2-3 miles on easy flat ground (the walk will take us all around the Titanic Quarter and into the old shipyard).
See you there!