English for speakers of other languages

Improve your English at City Lit. We have courses from beginner to advanced levels, with qualifications and without, in the day and in the evening.

Some courses are free if you are on JSA or ESA (WRAG). We also have reduced fees if you are on other benefits. You can also pay for your course in instalments, or apply to the City Lit Student Support Fund for help with fees or travel costs.

All new students need to come to an advice and assessment session to make sure they are in the right class. We prefer you to call 020 7492 2511 or email English@citylit.ac.uk to make an appointment, but you can come without an appointment.

Assessment dates coming up soon

Mon 3 Jul 11:30-13:30, Wed 5 Jul18:00-20:00

Mon 10 Jul 11:00-14:00

Wed 12 Jul 14:30-17:30, Wed 12 Jul 14:30-20:30, Sat 15 Jul 11:30-14:30

Mon 17 Jul 11:00-14:00, Wed 19 Jul 17:30-20:30,Mon 24 Jul 11:00-14:00

Wed 26 Jul 17:30-20:30,Wed 2 Aug 17:30-20:30, Wed 9 Aug 17:30-20:30

Wed 16 Aug 17:30-20:30,Mon 21 Aug 11:00-14:00, Wed 23 Aug 17:30-21:00

Thu 24 Aug 16:30-19:30,Tue 29 Aug 11:00-14:00, Wed 30 Aug 17:30-21:00

Thu 31 Aug 16:30-19:30

See all 2017 assessment dates

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  1. Academic writing in practice (level 2+)

    Course Date: Mon 16 Apr 2018
    Location on this date: EC Euston
    Improve your writing skills within the context of academic study - in particular essay writing, planning, interpreting statistics for reports and note taking. Learn how to research your writing, read effectively, structure your writing and develop arguments with evidence. Develop your paragraphing, linking, and writing of introductions and conclusions. Essential for anyone with English as a second language who is currently studying or who wants to.

    You need to have an initial assessment before joining this course. You can come in person. See www.citylit.ac.uk/esol for dates. Or you can do an on-line assessment. CLICK on the START ASSESSMENT button opposite. For best results use Chrome. You need to add an email address and a password when asked. Call 020 7492 2511 for any help.
    Full fee: £179.00
    Senior fee: £143.00
    Concession: £109.00

  2. Advanced writing skills in practice (level 2+)

    Course Date: Thu 21 Sep 2017 (and 2 other dates)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Practise various styles of written English while focusing on difficulties typically faced by high level learners of English, such as tone and register. Learn how to research information and use your notes to write to the point, expressing complex ideas, in a style which is engaging and takes the reader into account.

    You need to have an initial assessment before joining this course. You can come in person. See www.citylit.ac.uk/esol for dates. Or you can do an on-line assessment. CLICK on the START ASSESSMENT button opposite. For best results use Chrome. You need to add an email address and a password when asked. Call 020 7492 2511 for any help.
    Full fee: £179.00
    Senior fee: £143.00
    Concession: £109.00

  3. Cambridge English: Advanced (CAE)

    Course Date: Tue 26 Sep 2017 (and 1 other date)
    Location on this date: FRA - Fashion Retail Academy
    Do you need proof of your ability to use English to study at graduate level or to work in a professional environment? Do you want to show yourself that you have reached a high level of competency in your new language? ‘Cambridge English: Advanced’ (CAE) is an internationally recognised in depth test of English language skills. for people with C1 level English skills or above. This course will develop your language skills and prepare you for the test.
    Full fee: £539.00
    Senior fee: £539.00
    Concession: £539.00

  4. Cambridge English: First (FCE)

    Course Date: Sat 23 Sep 2017
    Location on this date: EC Euston
    This internationally recognised qualification proves you have the language skills to live and work independently in an English-speaking country, or to study on courses taught in English. Join us to improve your English and learn how to do well at the Cambridge English: First (FCE) exam.
    Full fee: £539.00
    Senior fee: £539.00
    Concession: £539.00

  5. Conversation and pronunciation (entry 3)

    Course Date: Mon 16 Apr 2018
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Do you want to sound more English, improve your listening and speak more fluently and confidently? This course will help your English conversations at home, at work and with friends, and help other people understand you better.

    You need to have an initial assessment before joining this course. You can come in person. See www.citylit.ac.uk/esol for dates. Or you can do an on-line assessment. CLICK on the START ASSESSMENT button opposite. For best results use Chrome. You need to add an email address and a password when asked. Call 020 7492 2511 for any help.
    Full fee: £119.00
    Senior fee: £95.00
    Concession: £24.00

  6. Conversation in practice (level 1-2)

    Course Date: Wed 4 Oct 2017
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Become a more fluent and accurate speaker and a better listener by discussing a variety of challenging and engaging issues on current affairs, politics, cultural issues, films, books and music.

    You need to have an initial assessment before joining this course. You can come in person. See www.citylit.ac.uk/esol for dates. Or you can do an on-line assessment. CLICK on the START ASSESSMENT button opposite. For best results use Chrome. You need to add an email address and a password when asked. Call 020 7492 2511 for any help.
    Full fee: £89.00
    Senior fee: £71.00
    Concession: £54.00

  7. English for business (level 2+)

    Course Date: Mon 18 Sep 2017 (and 2 other dates)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Do you want to work in business but lack the confidence? Do you already have a job but feel that your language skills are holding you back? This course will help you activate and improve your business English so you can approach negotiations, meetings, presentations and reports with confidence. Aimed at second language speakers of English with a high level of competence (level 2) in the language.

    You need to have an initial assessment before joining this course. You can come in person. See www.citylit.ac.uk/esol for dates. Or you can do an on-line assessment. CLICK on the START ASSESSMENT button opposite. For best results use Chrome. You need to add an email address and a password when asked. Call 020 7492 2511 for any help.
    Full fee: £189.00
    Senior fee: £151.00
    Concession: £115.00

  8. ESOL and film level 1-2

    Course Date: Sun 29 Apr 2018
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Love film? Develop your English through watching and discussing a variety of film clips. Improve your listening skills and your vocabulary. Extend your range of expression, learn how to give opinions, write and present reviews and become a film critic at the same time.

    You need to have an initial assessment before joining this course. You can come in person. See www.citylit.ac.uk/esol for dates. Or you can do an on-line assessment. CLICK on the START ASSESSMENT button opposite. For best results use Chrome. You need to add an email address and a password when asked. Call 020 7492 2511 for any help.
    Full fee: £129.00
    Senior fee: £103.00
    Concession: £79.00

  9. ESOL and making podcasts level 1-2

    Course Date: Sun 4 Feb 2018
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Discover how to make a podcast, and simultaneously improve your English. Learn how to record yourself, edit and upload files as well as what to say and how to say it. Podcasting is a fantastic way of improving your language including your pronunciation, your vocabulary, your spoken accuracy and your fluency.

    You need to have an initial assessment before joining this course. You can come in person. See www.citylit.ac.uk/esol for dates. Or you can do an on-line assessment. CLICK on the START ASSESSMENT button opposite. For best results use Chrome. You need to add an email address and a password when asked. Call 020 7492 2511 for any help.
    Full fee: £129.00
    Senior fee: £103.00
    Concession: £79.00

  10. ESOL and reading stories: level 2

    Course Date: Sun 8 Oct 2017
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Do you enjoy reading stories and wish to improve your communication and discussion skills? Then this is the course for you. Extend your reading skills especially working out meaning, and developing how to express yourself and giving your opinions across a range of different types of stories.

    You need to have an initial assessment before joining this course. You can come in person. See www.citylit.ac.uk/esol for dates. Or you can do an on-line assessment. CLICK on the START ASSESSMENT button opposite. For best results use Chrome. You need to add an email address and a password when asked. Call 020 7492 2511 for any help.
    Full fee: £129.00
    Senior fee: £103.00
    Concession: £79.00

  11. ESOL and singing (entry 3 - level 2)

    Course Date: Sun 25 Feb 2018
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Do you enjoy singing? Are you learning English? Combine the two in this mixed level class. Improve your vocabulary, your listening, reading, pronunciation and fluency in this fun and relaxed class.
    Full fee: £129.00
    Senior fee: £103.00
    Concession: £26.00

  12. ESOL entry 1

    Course Date: Wed 13 Sep 2017 (and 2 other dates)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    For students who can speak or write only a few words in English or maybe none at all. On this beginners' course, you will learn a lot of new words and also learn grammar so you can ask and answer questions and read and write about yourself, your family and friends and complete forms and short emails.
    Full fee: £179.00
    Senior fee: £143.00
    Concession: £36.00

  13. ESOL entry 2 (reading and writing)

    Course Date: Tue 20 Feb 2018
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Can you have some short conversations and read and write simple emails? This elementary course will help you learn more vocabulary and grammar so you can talk, read and write about more interesting subjects and make fewer mistakes. In July, there will be reading and writing exams.

    You need to have an initial assessment before joining this course. You can come in person. See www.citylit.ac.uk/esol for dates. Or you can do an on-line assessment. CLICK on the START ASSESSMENT button opposite. For best results use Chrome. You need to add an email address and a password when asked. Call 020 7492 2511 for any help.
    Full fee: £299.00
    Senior fee: £239.00
    Concession: £60.00

  14. ESOL entry 2 (speaking and listening)

    Course Date: Tue 12 Sep 2017
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Can you have some short conversations and read and write simple emails? This course will help you learn more vocabulary and grammar so you can talk, read and write about more interesting everyday things and make fewer mistakes. In February, there will be a speaking and listening exam.

    You need to have an initial assessment before joining this course. You can come in person. See www.citylit.ac.uk/esol for dates. Or you can do an on-line assessment. CLICK on the START ASSESSMENT button opposite. For best results use Chrome. You need to add an email address and a password when asked. Call 020 7492 2511 for any help.
    Full fee: £299.00
    Senior fee: £239.00
    Concession: £60.00

  15. ESOL entry 3 (reading and writing)

    Course Date: Mon 19 Feb 2018 (and 1 other date)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Are you quite confident about your everyday English? Can you go shopping, talk about simple subjects and write a letter or email? But do you make quite a lot mistakes? Is it difficult to speak, read or write about more complicated topics? This pre-intermediate course will help you practise your speaking, listening, reading and writing so you can understand people better, talk about most daily topics, read a simple news story and write a long email or letter. In July there will be reading and writing exams.

    You need to have an initial assessment before joining this course. You can come in person. See www.citylit.ac.uk/esol for dates. Or you can do an on-line assessment. CLICK on the START ASSESSMENT button opposite. For best results use Chrome. You need to add an email address and a password when asked. Call 020 7492 2511 for any help.
    Full fee: £279.00
    Senior fee: £223.00
    Concession: £56.00

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