I'm Zahida, an English/ESOL teacher who started her teaching career in the early 1990's as a volunteer in a local community centre in Blackburn. I was helping a good friend of mine Jane Donnelly who was working as an English/ESOL teacher at Blackburn College.
I met Jane in the late 1980's when I enrolled on the pilot GCSE English language course in Bangor St Community Centre.
Jane was impressed with my English language skills and I was keen to support Jane with her ESOL women's class in the same community centre. Jane told me about an opportunity to train as an ESOL Teacher. I started the RSA Teaching English as a second language with Blackburn College in September 1990. This was the beginning of my teaching career as an English/ESOL teacher.
I have been teaching English/ESOL/Basic Skills in many different educational establishments in the UK and the UAE.
I have been very fortunate to have a supportive, loving and caring family who have been my main supporters in every step of this remarkable journey.