English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL)

Improve your English and gain skills for life in our small, friendly classes

Lecturer pointing at a lesson on a whiteboard teaching English to a class.

English language skills for life and work

Our ESOL (English for Speakers of Other Languages) courses will help you learn and improve your English language skills for living and working in the UK. You can make friends and get support for your everyday life to help yourself and your family.

Nationally recognised: Our courses range from beginners to Level 2. Our ESOL Skills for Life qualifications are nationally recognised. We also include digital skills, employability and maths to support you if you are trying to get a new job.

Your own pace: Our learners value our flexibility. We tailor each programme to suit you. You can take exams at a pace that is right for you. After you have completed our ESOL programme, you can move on to a functional skills course or do a training course.

Practical skills: We focus on speaking, listening, reading and writing. You also take part in activities to improve your knowledge of your local community.

Culture, community and learning: We encourage our learners to take part in fundraising and cultural events. You can also try out courses from other subject areas to explore more learning opportunities.

Learning with us: Our courses are in-person at a learning location, online or a blend of both online and in-person learning.

Our classes

ESOL classes are during the day, evenings and at weekends.

We offer courses for adults whose first language is not English. You must have been living in the UK or European Economic Area (EEA) for at least the past three years.

  • All courses are part-time
  • Courses are held in Chingford, Leytonstone and Walthamstow
  • All ESOL learners follow the national ESOL adult core curriculum
  • All ESOL learners work towards national qualifications

Our courses will provide you with the knowledge, skills and understanding that will enable you to operate confidently, effectively and independently in life and at work.

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ESOL courses are FREE or discounted under certain circumstances. Please ask our team about ESOL fees.

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What our learners say

‘The courses have helped me greatly and made me more confident. I am now able to work and have found a job… I would not have been able to do this without support for my English.’

Zahira, ESOL Entry 3 Learner

‘The impact of the course on my life is very real and useful … at work and while shopping… It has helped me prepare to get to university.’

Abdulai, ESOL Level 1 Learner

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Careers and opportunities

Research shows that improving your English can improve your life, help you find work or get better paid work.

‘There is a clear link between the level of English spoken and the level of qualifications obtained, and between levels of English and employment rates and labour market capabilities.’

Casey Review into Opportunity and Integration (December 2016)

More than 60 per cent of our ESOL learners move on to further study. With ESOL Level 1 or Level 2 qualifications, learners can take courses including hair and beauty, and childcare. They can also get a better job or become a volunteer.

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About us

Our professional teaching team of fully qualified lecturers are from a wide range of backgrounds. Together they speak more than 14 languages! They are experienced, talented, dedicated and ready to support your learning.

Our local partners include libraries, schools and children’s centres.

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Start an ESOL course: book a free assessment

To enrol on these courses, please book your free course assessment.

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