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.

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 employability, maths and digital skills to support you if you are looking for work or a better 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

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.

From our learners

‘I’ve learned grammar so I feel confident that I’m speaking correctly. It’s helped my listening and understanding too. The courses have helped me to feel more involved in life here.’

Family Learning and ESOL Learner

‘It changed my lifestyle by making lots of friends, and it changed my mood as well … I strongly recommend this course because it is really worth it.’

Learner, ESOL Level 2

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)

Every term more than 60 per cent of our ESOL learners move on to further study with us. 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.

Costs

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

About us

Our professional teaching team has 22 fully qualified lecturers from a wide range of backgrounds. Between them 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.

Start an ESOL course: book a free assessment

  • You will need to book a free assessment with us before you can enrol on an ESOL course.
  • Interviews can take up to two hours.
  • Please do not bring young children with you as they may get bored and distract you or others.
  • To book an assessment, please call 020 8496 2974 or or email us for an ESOL assessment appointment.

Please call 020 8496 2974 or email us for an ESOL assessment appointment.