Learn English at many levels with courses for speakers of other languages, for free.  Learn how to speak, listen, read and write in English, with our English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) courses.

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Benefits of learning English    

Improve your English to:  

  • get a job  
  • understand your doctor  
  • help your children at school   
  • make life in the UK easier 
  • go onto further education   

Improve your English for work

Learn English as a second language for work. Get confident in interviews and work, with better English language skills.   

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You can learn ESOL English at a level to suit you.  We have English courses in a classroom near you. We do online ESOL courses, so you can learn English at home.   

We are here for you, and ESOL courses are free.

Before you do an ESOL course with us, you will need to do a skills check. This will help us start you on the right course.  

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Level 1 ESOL: Intensive Everyday English for L1 Learners

This is a 3-week intensive course, for those whose first language is NOT English, to improve your reading, writing, speaking and listening in English. The course will run during school hours on 3 consecutive Fridays during June. This course will use the themes of beliefs about ‘chance’, mysteries in literature, and our attitude to the media to practise English in a relatable and meaningful way. It will include individual, pair and group work with opportunities to improve all four main skills. You are expected to have a reasonable level of English, as materials will be at B1/B2 proficiency. The course will cover some aspects of pronunciation and grammar in addition to practising the 4 main skills.

Course Information

Dates:
Fri 07/06/2024 -
Fri 21/06/2024
Times:
9:30am - 3:30pm
Duration:
3 sessions
Location:
Upton Vale Baptist Church
St, Marychurch Road
Torquay
TQ1 3HY
Tutor:
Alison Salm
Course code:
Q00014170
How you'll learn:
In venue
Availability:
10+ places remaining
Status:
Available
Fee range
Free to £75.60

Entry Level ESOL: Living and working in the UK

The ESOL Living and working in UK course is designed for beginners who have little or no prior knowledge of the English language. In a face-to-face, comfortable and very positive environment you will have an opportunity to improve your skill and gain confidence. This course is focused on helping students develop fundamental speaking and listening skills in English. By the end of the course, students should be able to hold simple conversations and understand basic English conversations. Indulge in the topics like : “All about me”, “Talking about your neighbourhood”, “How do you spend your weekends?” and many more.

Course Information

Dates:
Fri 07/06/2024 -
Fri 05/07/2024
Times:
12:00pm - 2:00pm
Duration:
5 sessions
Location:
Welcome House Hull
3 Wright St
Hull
HU2 8HR
Tutor:
Edyta Bogdanowicz
Course code:
Q00015115
How you'll learn:
In venue
Availability:
10+ places remaining
Status:
Available
Fee range
Free to £42.00

Entry Level English ESOL : Everyday ESOL

This intermediate to advanced course will help you to communicate your ideas in English on a range of everyday topics. You will practice reading, writing, speaking and listening, with a focus on conversation skills. You will also learn new vocabulary, improve your pronunciation, and start to learn about basic English grammar, including present, future and past tenses as well as present perfect. You will work with other learners at a similar level and be expected to take part in pair and group activities in the classroom. This course is ideal for English Language learners with some level of confidence and experience in speaking and understanding English. You will be in a mixed group of intermediate to advanced learners and will have the opportunity to practice your English in a number of different situations.

Course Information

Dates:
Fri 07/06/2024 -
Fri 05/07/2024
Times:
10:30am - 1:30pm
Duration:
5 sessions
Location:
Saint Peter's Church Hall (Hove)
Tamworth Road
Hove
BN3 5GD
Tutor:
Alice Lynden
Course code:
Q00014588
How you'll learn:
In venue
Availability:
6 places remaining
Status:
Available
Fee range
Free to £63.00

First Steps in ESOL 1

What we’ll cover · Use numbers 1 to 20 in English. · Match lower- and upper-case letters. · Ask and answer questions in English. · Spell out your name, saying the letters correctly. · Match common everyday signs to their meanings in English · Improve your confidence to learner. This is a preparation course at pre-entry level. It is designed to lead on to study at Entry 1. It is not an accredited course. The aim of this programme is to help you start your ESOL classes with the prior knowledge you’ll need.

Course Information

Dates:
Fri 07/06/2024 -
Fri 19/07/2024
Times:
9:30am - 12:30pm
Duration:
7 sessions
Location:
Template
WEA
Tutor:
Isbah Tehreem
Course code:
Q00016035
How you'll learn:
In venue
Availability:
10+ places remaining
Status:
Available
Fee range
Free to £75.00

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Duration:
12 months
Fee:
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Entry Level ESOL: An Introduction to Driving Theory

This course will help you if English is not your first language and if you are struggling to understand the vocabulary needed to pass the UK Driving Theory Test. During the course, we will cover the English technical language you are likely to need. You will also learn about the language used in the Highway Code and about transport in the UK. We will also cover road signs, road markings and the rules of driving. The course will help you to feel more confident that you are ready to apply for the Theory Test.

Course Information

Dates:
Fri 07/06/2024 -
Fri 19/07/2024
Times:
10:00am - 12:00pm
Duration:
7 sessions
Location:
Welcome House Hull
3 Wright St
Hull
HU2 8HR
Tutor:
Edyta Bogdanowicz
Course code:
Q00016092
How you'll learn:
In venue
Availability:
10+ places remaining
Status:
Available
Fee range
Free to £58.80

Entry Level ESOL

Welcome to the exciting world of our ESOL (English for Speakers of Other Languages) program, carefully crafted to empower you on your journey to English proficiency, community engagement, and a fulfilling life in the UK. Our comprehensive course is divided into three dynamic sections, each designed to cater to different aspects of your language learning and integration experience. Join us on this transformative journey, where language meets community, and every lesson brings you one step closer to a vibrant life in the UK. Embrace the opportunities that await you in our ESOL program, and let's build bridges together—linguistic, cultural, and communal. Your adventure starts here!

Course Information

Dates:
Mon 10/06/2024 -
Mon 22/07/2024
Location:
Digital Skill Hub (Computer Room)
30-32 Royal Arcade
Christchurch Road
Boscombe
Bournemouth
BH1 4BT
Course code:
P00000040
How you'll learn:
In venue
Availability:
10+ places remaining
Status:
Available

Pre-Entry ESOL: Confidence to Communicate

This course is an exciting new opportunity to develop your confidence and skills in speaking and listening in English. You will learn basic conversational skills such as giving and asking for personal information from friends and neighbours, as well as employment and learning based vocabulary. This course is designed to provide a basic foundation of skills to allow learners to access their next steps in a more formal learning setting.

Course Information

Dates:
Tue 11/06/2024 -
Tue 16/07/2024
Times:
1:45pm - 3:15pm
Duration:
11 sessions
Location:
Daubeney Children's Centre/ Primary Scho
103 Daubeney Road
Hackney
London
E5 0EG
Tutor:
Stephan Schulte-Nahring
Course code:
Q00014982
How you'll learn:
In venue
Availability:
10+ places remaining
Status:
Available
Fee range
Free to £69.30

Entry Level ESOL: ESOL for Beginners

Discover the wonderful world of the English language with this beginners ESOL course. It will help you to develop basic speaking, listening, reading and writing skills in English. Whether you have studied basic English before or you are completely new to it, You will find something useful in this ESOL course. Develop your language skills to enable you to recognise simple words, prepare to write, ask everyday questions and answer them using correct grammatical structures. You do not need any special tools to attend, just yourself and some enthusiasm. Start your language journey today by registering for this course now.

Course Information

Dates:
Tue 11/06/2024 -
Wed 17/07/2024
Times:
9:30am - 12:00pm
Duration:
12 sessions
Location:
FAST Community Point Resource Centre (Ma
551 Cheetham Hill Road
Manchester
M8 9HZ
Tutor:
Shahnaz Ahmed
Course code:
Q00015468
How you'll learn:
In venue
Availability:
10+ places remaining
Status:
Available
Fee range
Free to £75.00

Personal Development: Working in the UK (SCC course-only for students living in Southampton)

Working in the UK aims to improve your communication skills on preparing to work in the UK and will include health, shopping, and most importantly employability. This course will help students understand the culture of work in the UK. It will also help you get the skills needed for work in the UK. The course is for speakers of other languages, and it is highly recommended to complete this course before progressing on to ESOL courses. As it will build your confidence and broaden your vocabulary. This course is a working in the UK (SCC course-only for residents living in Southampton)

Course Information

Dates:
Fri 14/06/2024 -
Mon 15/07/2024
Times:
9:45am - 11:45am
Duration:
10 sessions
Location:
Clovelly Centre (Southampton)
60-68 Clovelly Road
Southampton
SO14 0AU
Tutor:
Irma Gough
Course code:
Q00013598
How you'll learn:
In venue
Availability:
10+ places remaining
Status:
Available
Fee range
Free to £88.20

Pre-Entry ESOL: Job Skills with ESOL

Welcome to our Very Basic Beginner's English Class! This course provides a gentle introduction to English language essentials while familiarising you with our intuitive online platform here at the WEA. Learn basic grammar, vocabulary, and pronunciation through interactive modules. Gain confidence in everyday conversations and basic workplace communication. Additionally, we'll guide you through utilising our platform efficiently, ensuring seamless navigation. As a bonus, we'll introduce fundamental job search strategies, equipping you with the tools to kickstart your career journey confidently. Join us for a supportive and engaging learning experience tailored to beginners, designed to empower you in both language proficiency and job readiness.

Course Information

Dates:
Fri 14/06/2024 -
Fri 12/07/2024
Times:
1:00pm - 3:00pm
Duration:
5 sessions
Location:
Bevois Town Primary School (Southampton)
Cedar Road
Southampton
SO14 6RU
Tutor:
Irma Gough
Course code:
Q00014869
How you'll learn:
In venue
Availability:
10+ places remaining
Status:
Available
Fee range
Free to £42.00