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 installments, 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:

Wed 13 Sep, 17:30-21:00

Mon 18 Sep, 11:00-14:00

Wed 20 Sep, 17:30-20:30

Mon 25 Sep, 11:00-14:00

Wed 27 Sep, 17:30-20:00

Mon 2 Oct, 11:00-14:00

Wed 4 Oct, 17:30-20:00

Mon 9 Oct, 11:00-14:00

Wed 11 Oct, 17:30-20:00

Mon 16 Oct, 11:00-14:00

Wed 18 Oct, 17:30-20:00

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  1. English pronunciation: stage 3

    Course Date: Thu 14 Sep 2017 (and 2 other dates)
    Location on this date: EC Euston
    Designed for students who have completed 'English pronunciation' stages 1 and 2. Conversation and the reading aloud of a variety of texts will help to pinpoint those pronunciation worries still to be addressed.
    Full fee: £189.00
    Senior fee: £189.00
    Concession: £189.00

  2. English pronunciation: stage 2

    Course Date: Thu 14 Sep 2017 (and 5 other dates)
    Location on this date: EC Euston
    Designed for people who have completed ‘English pronunciation: stage 1’ although new students with sufficient skills can join. Develop fluency and clarity, explore diphthongs and triphthongs, inflexion and the rhythms of Standard English.
    Full fee: £189.00
    Senior fee: £189.00
    Concession: £189.00

  3. Grammar in practice: upper intermediate (level 1-2)

    Course Date: Fri 22 Sep 2017 (and 2 other dates)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Unsure when to use present perfect or past perfect? Is reported speech still causing you problems? Do you need to practise your conditionals? Join this course and put your grammar into practice. Gain confidence through fun exercises, speaking practice and writing tasks. Aimed at students with a good intermediate level of English - level 1 and above.

    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 (NOT NAME) and a password when asked. Call 020 7492 2511 for any help.
    Full fee: £139.00
    Senior fee: £111.00
    Concession: £85.00

  4. ESOL pronunciation: stage 1 (level 1-2)

    Course Date: Mon 25 Sep 2017 (and 2 other dates)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Tired of people not understanding you? Would you like to sound 'more English'? Do you need to commununicate well with people in your work? Then this specialist course will help you. Learn how to make the individual sounds of English, hear the differences between them and read and write the phonemic script, a special alphabet of sounds. This course is aimed at students with a good level of English - level 1 and 2 (B2-C1). Highly fluent students at level 3 or above should apply to pronunciation courses run by our drama department.
    Full fee: £139.00
    Senior fee: £111.00
    Concession: £28.00

  5. ESOL to help your children, family and friends (entry 2-3)

    Course Date: Mon 25 Sep 2017
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Do you want to help your children with their homework? Read with them? Understand what they are doing on the Internet? Do you need to read letters or texts from teachers? Do you have to write back to the school or talk with teachers at parents' evening? This course will help you support your children or other family members. You'll practise your speaking, listening, reading and writing and learn how use the Internet and create a blog about your family or friends. Ideal if you want to study childcare in the future.
    Full fee: £129.00
    Senior fee: £103.00
    Concession: £26.00

  6. 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

  7. Writing skills in practice (level 1-2)

    Course Date: Tue 26 Sep 2017
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Develop your writing by learning how to plan, structure and write letters, stories, articles, reports and more. Through writing in different ways, you'll improve your grammatical accuracy, vocabulary and spelling, as well as your ability to link your ideas and write introductions and conclusions. Aimed at students who are at a good intermediate level or above (level 1-2).

    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 (NOT NAME) and a password when asked. Call 020 7492 2511 for any help.
    Full fee: £139.00
    Senior fee: £111.00
    Concession: £85.00

  8. Grammar in practice: advanced (level 2+)

    Course Date: Wed 27 Sep 2017 (and 2 other dates)
    Location on this date: FRA - Fashion Retail Academy
    Is your grammar holding you back? Learn how to communicate more effectively by analysing, discussing and experimenting with English grammar. This course will help you realise that grammar is really about meaning: understanding better the meaning of what someone is saying and expressing yourself more meaningfully.

    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 (NOT NAME) and a password when asked. Call 020 7492 2511 for any help. The course runs over three terms (though you may start any term, places allowing).
    Full fee: £179.00
    Senior fee: £143.00
    Concession: £109.00

  9. Grammar in practice: intermediate (entry 3 -level 1)

    Course Date: Wed 27 Sep 2017 (and 2 other dates)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Confused by verb tenses? Need to know when to use past simple or present perfect? Puzzled by the passive? This course will make English grammar simpler for you and increase your confidence by giving you lots of opportunities to put your grammar into practice.

    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. Advanced writing skills in practice (level 2+)

    Course Date: Thu 28 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 (NOT NAME) and a password when asked. Call 020 7492 2511 for any help.
    Full fee: £179.00
    Senior fee: £143.00
    Concession: £109.00

  11. 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 (NOT NAME) and a password when asked. Call 020 7492 2511 for any help.
    Full fee: £89.00
    Senior fee: £71.00
    Concession: £54.00

  12. English pronunciation: stage 1

    Course Date: Fri 6 Oct 2017 (and 12 other dates)
    Location on this date: EC Euston
    Are you a non-native fluent speaker who wants to improve your pronunciation of English? Work on correct formation of vowel and consonant sounds including the English neutral vowel and the distinction between voiced and unvoiced sounds.
    Full fee: £149.00
    Senior fee: £149.00
    Concession: £149.00

  13. 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 (NOT NAME) and a password when asked. Call 020 7492 2511 for any help.
    Full fee: £129.00
    Senior fee: £103.00
    Concession: £79.00

  14. ESOL: preparing for level 1

    Course Date: Tue 9 Jan 2018 (and 2 other dates)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    For many students, moving from entry 3 to level 1 can be difficult. This course will prepare you for Level 1 by helping you become more accurate with your grammar and focusing on your reading and writing. You will still have lots of practice of speaking and listening. When you are ready, you can continue with level 1.

    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: £0.00
    Senior fee: £0.00
    Concession: £0.00

  15. ESOL entry 1

    Course Date: Wed 10 Jan 2018 (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: £139.00
    Senior fee: £111.00
    Concession: £28.00

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