Future Choices enables Musa to achieve his reading goals
English is not Musa’s first language, so Tina Bristow, his Employment Support Specialist, incorporated a weekly reading session into his Future Choices timetable.
At first, these sessions used simple reading books. However Captain Sir Tom Moore had an immense impact on Musa. After seeing what he was trying to achieve by bringing people together from all ages and backgrounds to combat loneliness, he decided to purchase his autobiography ‘Tomorrow will be a Good Day’. This is the book that they have continued to read each week on his Kindle.
Working together with Tina, she explained terms like ‘a mangle with wooden rollers’ or ‘beggared belief’ or ‘fathom’. Not expressions that Musa would have come across in everyday conversations! Nevertheless, he was keen to learn more, breaking down each word until he could sound them out confidently.
“Musa’s drive to improve his reading has been lovely to note. Actually trying to read words that are very symbolic of a Yorkshire county’s dialect, or even to read words that he has never heard before, or has any indication of their meaning, has shown that Musa has lifted the bar on where he had initially set his targets to improve his reading.” Tina Bristow, Employment Support Specialist.
Aside from the desire to improve his reading, the level of respect that Musa had for this world war veteran played a major part in his drive to keep reading. He is curious about how this simple and very humble man began his journey of life – clearly knowing the end due to the publicity that Captain Tom gained during the pandemic.
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