Maria’s Story

Maria met the Coordinator for Read Easy Cambridge, Stevie Roach, in the local B&Q . She was so helpful and looked familiar – Stevie thought her sister had served her in Tesco’s. It turned out that she had two jobs to support her children through their studies! However, she was not able to accept any promotions because of her poor literacy.

Maria had arrived in the UK without any English and unable to read or write. She taught herself to speak English by listening to the radio. At work she continually won awards and commendations for her helpful, friendly manner, but as she couldn’t read the certificates, Maria would just put them in the bin! Once she eventually retired, Maria came to Read Easy and this changed forever.

It would be difficult to find a more determined student,  who now loves writing whatever she has learned. Maria is shown here with Monica, her reading Coach, who is also an ESOL specialist,  so the pairing has worked really well. Maria has now finished the fourth book of Turning Pages and she is already realising her ambition of enrolling at University for an English Access course. She was so thrilled to show us her new Student Card. She plans to study Business Studies in 2019, which is fantastic – it’s never too late to plan a new direction in life!

Maria is always at her reading lessons, even when her husband needs to go into hospital. She will rearrange the times and days so as not to miss out on any opportunity to improve her reading skills. Her husband, children and Read Easy Cambridge are so proud of her achievements.


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