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.   

Different levels to suit you

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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Award in ESOL Skills for Life (Speaking and Listening) (Entry 1)

Learn basic communication skills with this ESOL speaking and listening course. This English course is for speakers of other languages. It will help you learn essential speaking and listening skills to be able to communicate in English. Entry 1 ESOL courses help people who are just starting to learn English. This course will help you gain confidence to speak about basic topics and understand core words. There are also reading and writing courses at this level. If you’re helping others access ESOL classes in the UK, you’ve come to the right place.

Course Information

Dates:
Mon 13/05/2024 -
Fri 26/07/2024
Times:
9:00am - 12:00pm
Duration:
30 sessions
Location:
The Sports Zone
Forest Recreation Ground
Gregory Boulevard
Nottingham
NG7 6HB
Tutor:
Miriam Hiebert
Course code:
Q00015258
How you'll learn:
In venue
Availability:
2 places remaining
Status:
Available
Fee range
Free to £225.00

Level 1 English: Everyday English

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:
Mon 13/05/2024 -
Mon 15/07/2024
Times:
12:30pm - 2:30pm
Duration:
9 sessions
Location:
Jubilee Library
Jubilee Street
Brighton
BN1 1GE
Tutor:
Jane Perrin
Course code:
Q00014512
How you'll learn:
In venue
Availability:
8 places remaining
Status:
Available
Fee range
Free to £84.00

Get Ready for ESOL Reading (Entry 2)

If you are getting ready to take an ESOL entry 2 reading course, this course can help you prepare. Set yourself up for success with this ESOL preparation course. Learn reading skills to get up to speed before starting your entry 2 ESOL course. Get ready courses help you learn English at your own pace. They give you extra study time for each level and module so you can reach your full potential. This is an introductory English course for beginners. If you’re helping others access entry 2 ESOL classes in the UK, you’ve come to the right place.

Course Information

Dates:
Mon 13/05/2024 -
Tue 09/07/2024
Times:
9:30am - 12:00pm
Duration:
16 sessions
Location:
Online
Tutor:
Farzana Birader
Course code:
Q00015346
How you'll learn:
Online
Availability:
10+ places remaining
Status:
Available
Fee range
Free to £150.00

Get Ready for ESOL Writing (Entry 2)

If you are getting ready to take an ESOL entry 2 writing course, this course can help you prepare. Set yourself up for success with this ESOL preparation course. Learn writing skills to get up to speed before starting your entry 2 ESOL course. Get ready courses help you learn English at your own pace. They give you extra study time for each level and module so you can reach your full potential. This is an introductory English course for beginners. If you’re helping others access entry 2 ESOL classes in the UK, you’ve come to the right place.

Course Information

Dates:
Mon 13/05/2024 -
Thu 18/07/2024
Times:
12:30pm - 3:00pm
Duration:
18 sessions
Location:
Bangladeshi Womens Organisation (Manches
360 Dickenson Road
Manchester
M13 0NG
Tutor:
Vivianne Kuffoh
Course code:
Q00015369
How you'll learn:
In venue
Availability:
10+ places remaining
Status:
Available
Fee range
Free to £150.00

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Duration:
12 months
Fee:
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Pre-Entry ESOL: Conversational English for Life and Work

Welcome to Conversational English! This course is designed to help you improve your speaking and listening skills in English, with a strong focus on everyday, practical conversations. This course will help improve your confidence to start speaking and listening, reading and writing in English ready for working in the UK. The course aims to aid you in the first steps of your journey to learning English and help to build your confidence when using the language in your day to day lives and out in the community, as well as helping you to work towards looking for a job here in the UK.

Course Information

Dates:
Tue 14/05/2024 -
Tue 21/05/2024
Times:
1:30pm - 3:30pm
Duration:
2 sessions
Location:
Digital Skill Hub (Computer Room)
30-32 Royal Arcade
Christchurch Road
Boscombe
Bournemouth
BH1 4BT
Tutor:
Jackie Rapoport
Course code:
Q00014051
How you'll learn:
In venue
Availability:
10+ places remaining
Status:
Available
Fee range
Free to £16.80

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 14/05/2024 -
Tue 25/06/2024
Times:
12:30pm - 2:30pm
Duration:
11 sessions
Location:
Carramea Community Resource Centre (Harr
27 Northolt Road
Harrow
HA2 0LH
Tutor:
Fauzia Adnan
Course code:
Q00014981
How you'll learn:
In venue
Availability:
10+ places remaining
Status:
Available
Fee range
Free to £88.20

Professional Development: Preparing for the IELTS Exam (Writing)

Are you looking to take an International English Language Testing System (IELTS) exam in writing skills? Are you looking to improve your understanding of what is required to undertake an IELTS exam to help with your work or study, then this course is for you. The exam is designed to help people who want to study or work where English is the native language (UK, USA, Canada, Australia, New Zealand). This is an introductory course in preparation for the exam. You can progress to other IELTS courses in that you may be interested in taking to make further progress.

Course Information

Dates:
Wed 15/05/2024 -
Wed 24/07/2024
Times:
7:00pm - 9:00pm
Duration:
10 sessions
Location:
Online
Tutor:
Sally Kawamura
Course code:
Q00014207
How you'll learn:
Online
Availability:
6 places remaining
Status:
Available
Fee range
Free to £74.00

Personal Development: Preparing for the UK Citizenship Test

Are you thinking of taking the ‘Life in the UK’ exam or want to find out more about the ‘Life in the UK’ exam, then this course is for you. The course will introduce you to all aspects of the UK in order to pass the UK Citizenship test. You will learn and discuss different laws, UK history, culture and social aspects of what is expected of typical UK citizens in everyday life. Our course is friendly and supportive. You will help each other to practice your English through informal activities and discussion to improve your understanding and confidence.

Course Information

Dates:
Thu 16/05/2024 -
Thu 13/06/2024
Times:
6:00pm - 8:00pm
Duration:
4 sessions
Location:
Online
Tutor:
Sarah Thorne
Course code:
Q00014213
How you'll learn:
Online
Availability:
10+ places remaining
Status:
Available
Fee range
Free to £29.60

English: ESOL for Life & Work (Entry 1)

This is the next stage course for entry level learners to continue their ESOL classes in the community. During the course you will continue to learn basic English that will help you better explore and take part in your local community and to help build your employability skills for work. Before you can join the course, your English skills will be checked with a short test so that the tutor can make sure that the class is right for you. This course is for people with little English. You do not need any ESOL qualifications to join.

Course Information

Dates:
Thu 16/05/2024 -
Tue 16/07/2024
Times:
9:30am - 11:30am
Duration:
16 sessions
Location:
Welbourne Children's Centre (London)
1A Stainby Road
London
N15 4EA
Tutor:
Alex Carro
Course code:
Q00015067
How you'll learn:
In venue
Availability:
10+ places remaining
Status:
Available
Fee range
Free to £75.00

Award in ESOL Skills for Life (Writing) (Level 1)

Develop confidence to write complex texts in English. This ESOL course teaches you how to write more clearly and use grammar correctly. Learn how to improve your writing skills in English and get the most out of living in the UK. This ESOL level 1 writing course builds on skills you learnt at entry 3. Understand how to write well-structured texts and use sophisticated vocabulary. This is an English course for adults. It is aimed at speakers of other languages. ESOL courses are divided into three areas: reading, writing, and speaking & listening. If you’re helping others access ESOL classes in the UK, you’ve come to the right place.

Course Information

Dates:
Mon 20/05/2024 -
Fri 05/07/2024
Times:
9:30am - 12:00pm
Duration:
21 sessions
Location:
Online
Tutor:
Hannah Mitchell
Course code:
Q00012083
How you'll learn:
Online and in venue
Availability:
10+ places remaining
Status:
Available
Fee range
Free to £225.00