English courses in London

Do you need to improve your English for work? Would you like to express yourself better? Have you got a passion you want to read about? Are you at the beginning of your journey in learning to read and write? Everyone can benefit from developing their literacy and expression - come and join us.

Whether you need help forming and sounding out letters or gaining a GCSE, we have a course for you. You can join classes which specifically improve your work English, focus on certain areas such as spelling, vocabulary or grammar or develop all your skills – reading, writing, speaking and listening. And you can choose whether you want a course with a qualification or not.

From English for Life to Functional Skills Level 2, our experienced and dynamic tutors will ensure you learn at the right level and pace with all the support you need.

To make sure the course is the right one, you need to do a pre-course assessment. Choose a course from the list below and click on ‘Start Assessment’.

We also have face-to-face assessments at City Lit in a Covid-secure environment at the times below. You must make an appointment. You will need to bring a face covering and our own pens.

Sept 9th from 2-4pm (Room 107)
Sept 9th from 5:30- 8pm (café area)
Sept 11th from 10am-12:30pm (Room 107)
Sept 16th from 6-8:30pm (Room 107)
Sept 23rd from 6-8:30pm (Room 107)
Sept 30th from 6-8:30pm (Room 107)
Contact us to make an appointment: 020 7492 2511 / universal.skills@citylit.ac.uk

Our courses are FREE to most learners. Some are now taking place in the City Lit building. The majority are live online interactive classes. You will need a computer with a microphone, a camera and the internet. It is best to use Google Chrome.

Many of our courses are delivered online. For more information about our live online courses, please see our guide to online learning.

If you are interested in an English GCSE course, click here
We also have ESOL courses for students who do not speak English as a first language, click here

  1. Getting Ready for English Functional Skills Level 2

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    Course Date: Mon 21 Sep 2020
    Location on this date: Online
    Would you like to develop your English skills and gain a qualification? A level 2 functional skills qualification is equivalent to a GCSE and often required by employers to show you have a good level of reading and writing and speak well in a variety of situations. This short course will ensure you have the analytical skills and language awareness to complete the accredited course.

    You will need to do an initial pre-course assessment before being accepted onto this course, and pass this course before joining the accredited section.Contact universal.skills@citylit.ac.uk / 020 7492 2511 or click the Start Assessment button on this page. Log on with your email address (not name). Use Chrome if possible.

    After you have completed your assessment, please also click on the following link and tell us more about yourself -https://forms.gle/WpjbXEsfBRtByVjz5.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee: £0.00
    Senior fee: £0.00
    Concession: £0.00

  2. English: getting ready for Level 2 functional skills and apprenticeships

    Course Date: Mon 28 Sep 2020
    Location on this date: Online
    Do you need to gain a Level 2 English functional skills qualification for work or for an apprenticeship. This qualification is equivalent to a GCSE and often required by employers to show you have a good level of reading and writing and speak well in a variety of situations. The course will help you develop the analytical skills and language awareness you need so that when you begin your Level 2 qualification, you can be sure you have the skills to pass it.

    You will need to do an initial pre-course assessment before being accepted onto this course. Contact universal.skills@citylit.ac.uk / 020 7492 2511 or click the Start Assessment button on this page. Log on with your email address (not name). Use Chrome if possible.

    After you have completed your assessment, please also click on the following link and tell us more about yourself -https://forms.gle/WpjbXEsfBRtByVjz5.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee: £0.00
    Senior fee: £0.00
    Concession: £0.00

  3. Develop your writing for the workplace and beyond: concision, coherence and organisation (Level 2)

    Course Date: Wed 30 Sep 2020
    Location on this date: Online
    Do you often have lots to say but find it difficult to write your ideas down? Is it a challenge to begin your writing? Do you want to learn how to write to the point, with your ideas organised so they join together and support the purpose and intention of your text? Such concision, coherence and organisation are elements of good quality writing both inside and outside the workplace. This course will use fictional and factual everyday texts to help you develop these aspects of your writing so you can be more confident whether writing emails, reports or presentations in the office, creating blogs or pursuing your wider studies. This course is ideal if you are wanting to do an English GCSE or Level 2 Functional Skills course but do not have the time for a full qualification.

    Before this course, you need to do a pre-course assessment. Contact universal.skills@citylit.ac.uk / 020 7492 2511 or click the Start Assessment button on this page. Log on with your email address (not name). Use Chrome if possible.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee: £139.00
    Senior fee: £111.00
    Concession: £35.00

  4. Develop your English: through film and social media (entry 3-level 1)

    Evening
    Course Date: Wed 30 Sep 2020
    Location on this date: Online
    Do you love film? Are you interested in social media? Do you need to improve your English writing, reading and expression? This course will help you develop your English and digital skills by discussing and writing about films and other forms of media such as documentaries and interviews. You will also learn about the different styles of writing needed when you tweet, text, add comments online and write blogs. You will create your own online blog during the course as well as set up and use a Twitter account.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee: £89.00
    Senior fee: £62.00
    Concession: £22.00

  5. Develop your English: grammar foundation (level 1-2)

    Evening
    Course Date: Wed 7 Oct 2020
    Location on this date: Online
    What’s the difference between a verb and a adverb, a subject and an object, a main clause and a subordinate clause? What is a compound sentence? What does a determiner do? Understanding and analysing grammatical structure is a key component in developing your English skills whether speaking, writing or even reading. This course will provide you with all the grammar knowledge you need to become familiar with the language you use everyday and will be a very effective foundation of other work you do to improve your English. It will also assist you when you learn other languages.

    Before this course, you need to do a pre-course assessment. Contact universal.skills@citylit.ac.uk / 020 7492 2511 or click the Start Assessment button on this page. Log on with your email address (not name). Use Chrome if possible.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee: £129.00
    Senior fee: £103.00
    Concession: £39.00

  6. Develop your confidence in writing: sentences, grammar and punctuation (level 1-2)

    Evening
    Course Date: Thu 15 Oct 2020
    Location on this date: Online
    Would you like to be more confident in the way you form sentences, understand grammar and use punctuation in your writing? It can be tempting to just stick a comma in a sentence, avoid adverbs and crumble when it comes to knowing what a clause is, but it doesn’t have to be that way. This course will help you be more secure in your professional, academic or creative writing skills and help you improve some of your weak areas around forming and punctuating sentences with appropriate grammatical form. You will develop your confidence in the most essential areas of writing such as punctuation, word types, sentence structures, writing paragraphs, active and passive voice, and proofreading.

    You will need to do a pre-course assessment before joining this course. Contact universal.skills@citylit.ac.uk / 020 7492 2511 or click the Start Assessment button on the webpage. Please log in with your email (not name). Use Chrome if possible.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee: £149.00
    Senior fee: £119.00
    Concession: £45.00

  7. English Language GCSE

    Evening
    Course Date: Thu 29 Oct 2020
    Location on this date: Online
    Are you excited by the English language? Do you want to engage with fiction and non-fiction? Do you need to improve your writing and critical thinking across a range of topics and themes? An English Language GCSE is an essential qualification for anyone wanting to practise higher-order reading skills and use these to develop fluent and effective writing. It is one of the most commonly required qualifications by employers and universities, and will enhance your job and education prospects. This specification will ensure that you can read fluently and write effectively, demonstrate a confident control of Standard English and write grammatically correct sentences, deploying figurative language, and analyse texts.

    You will need to do an initial pre-course assessment before being accepted onto this course and have passed the English Language GCSE (Introduction) course. Contact universal.skills@citylit.ac.uk / 020 7492 2511 or click the Start Assessment button on this page. Log on with your email address (not name).

    Please also click on the following link and tell us more about yourself -https://forms.gle/WpjbXEsfBRtByVjz5.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee: £0.00
    Senior fee: £0.00
    Concession: £0.00

  8. Develop your writing and reading: spelling foundation (Entry 3-Level 1)

    Course Date: Thu 29 Oct 2020
    Location on this date: Online
    Practise or practice? Double 'ss' or single 's'? Has your employer told you you make too many spelling mistakes? Good spelling whether emailing friends or writing a job application is essential to ensure you create the right impression. Poor spelling can also make your meaning unclear. If you find spelling difficult or if you feel you don't know whether your spelling is correct or not, then this course will provide you with a foundation so you can go forward with your writing and be confident that you can spell the most common English words well. You will focus on the most important spelling rules and patterns in English and practise these regularly in different types of writing. You will also practise different techniques to make remembering certain patterns easier. This course is also ideal for anyone doing Functional Skills Entry 3 or Level 1 who wants more practice.

    Before this course, you need to do a pre-course assessment. Contact universal.skills@citylit.ac.uk / 020 7492 2511 or click the Start Assessment button on this page. Log on with your email address (not name). Use Chrome if possible.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee: £0.00
    Senior fee: £0.00
    Concession: £0.00

  9. English for the Office: with digital skills (Level 1-2)

    Course Date: Fri 30 Oct 2020
    Location on this date: Online
    Develop your English for work. Not sure if your English or digital skills are good enough to work in an office? Join this course and learn the English skills you need to answer the phone professionally, take and leave messages, write clear and concise emails and letters on a PC, spell common words correctly and more.

    Before this course, you need to do a pre-course assessment. Contact universal.skills@citylit.ac.uk / 020 7492 2511 or click the Start Assessment button on this page. Log on with your email address (not name). Use Chrome if possible.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee: £0.00
    Senior fee: £0.00
    Concession: £0.00

  10. English Functional Skills Level 2

    Evening
    Course Date: Mon 2 Nov 2020
    Location on this date: Online
    Do you want to develop your English skills and gain a qualification? Do you need to show employers you have a good level of reading and writing and can speak well in a variety of situations. A level 2 functional skills qualification is equivalent to a GCSE and often required by employers. The course will develop your analytical skills, ensure you are confident in the most essential areas of literacy, and you will come to appreciate the variety and richness of English language use. You will need to do an initial pre-course assessment before being accepted onto this course and have passed the Getting Ready for English Functional Skills (level 2) course.

    Contact universal.skills@citylit.ac.uk / 020 7492 2511 or click the Start Assessment button on the webpage. Log on with your email address (not name). Use Chrome if possible.

    After you have completed your assessment, please also click on the following link and tell us more about yourself -https://forms.gle/WpjbXEsfBRtByVjz5.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee: £0.00
    Senior fee: £0.00
    Concession: £0.00

  11. English for life (level 1)

    Course Date: Mon 14 Sep 2020
    Location on this date: Online
    Do you want to become more confident in writing and speaking? Would you like to express yourself more effectively in difficult situations, in emails to friends, at work, when dealing with the council or your child's school? On this course, you will develop your reading and writings skills so you can act confidently in the most important everyday situations and be able to give your opinions and debate with others about a range of topics and events. You will work on how to organise your writing use paragraphs well and form different types of sentences. You will improve your vocabulary, discover new spelling strategies and learn how to use punctuation accurately. You will develop your reading skills to be able to find information and details, identify the purposes and summarise different types of texts. By the end of this three-term programme, you will be a competent reader and writer both at work and home and ready to do exams such as Functional Skills.

    Before this course, you need to do a pre-course assessment. Contact universal.skills@citylit.ac.uk / 020 7492 2511 or click the Start Assessment button on this page. Log on with your email address (not name). Use Chrome if possible.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee: £0.00
    Senior fee: £0.00
    Concession: £0.00

  12. English for life (entry 3)

    Course Date: Wed 16 Sep 2020
    Location on this date: Online
    Do you want to improve your English reading and writing so that you can express yourself confidently and do the most important and common everyday tasks? Join this course and develop your reading and writing, while also talking about your own life events and key issues such as news stories, public figures, health and culture. You will learn how to read and write paragraphs and short texts about topics that interest you and important events. You will practise filling in forms, writing formal and informal letters and emails and you will improve your spelling, vocabulary and use of punctuation. You will also become more confident in expressing your thoughts and feelings and dealing with difficult situations, for example, at work or in your personal life.

    Before this course, you need to do a pre-course assessment. Contact universal.skills@citylit.ac.uk / 020 7492 2511 or click the Start Assessment button on this page. Log on with your email address (not name). Use Chrome if possible.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee: £0.00
    Senior fee: £0.00
    Concession: £0.00

  13. English and maths for life (pre-entry)

    Course Date: Thu 17 Sep 2020
    Location on this date: Online
    Do you need help with reading and writing English? Can you write the letters of the alphabet or do you need to practise? Do you need to improve your spelling? Can you use numbers and count up to 100 or do you need help? On this course we will help you with your English and maths. You will learn how to write individual letters, spell whole words, write simple sentences, read whole words, read simple sentences and understand notices. You will become confident in your speaking. And you will also practise the maths you need for everyday life so you can shop, use money and measure things correctly.

    You need to do a pre-course assessment. Contact universal.skills@citylit.ac.uk / 020 7492 2511 or click the Start Assessment button on this page. Log on with your email address (not name). Use Chrome if possible.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee: £0.00
    Senior fee: £0.00
    Concession: £0.00

  14. English for life (entry level 1 and 2)

    Course Date: Fri 18 Sep 2020
    Location on this date: Online
    Do you want to improve your reading and writing of English and your formal speaking? Come to this class and express yourself. Learn how to read and write full sentences in English about important events and topics that interest you. Learn how to fill in forms, understand important letters and make appointments. Become confident in your spelling, vocabulary, using capital letters, full stops and expressing your thoughts and feelings. This course will help you learn all the English skills you need in life without the pressure of an exam.

    Before this course, you need to do a pre-course assessment. Contact universal.skills@citylit.ac.uk / 020 7492 2511 or click the Start Assessment button on this page. Log on with your email address (not name). Use Chrome if possible.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee: £0.00
    Senior fee: £0.00
    Concession: £0.00

  15. English Language GCSE (introduction)

    Evening
    Course Date: Thu 10 Sep 2020
    Location on this date: Online
    Are you excited by the English language? Do you want to gain an English language GCSE? This short introduction course will give you a flavour of what successfully completing a GCSE involves and will show if you are ready for the accredited programme in terms of time investment, dedication, interest and ability.

    You will need to complete and pass an initial assessment before starting this course and pass this course before being able to start the full GCSE.Contact universal.skills@citylit.ac.uk / 020 7492 2511 or click the Start Assessment button on this page. Log on with your email address (not name). Use Chrome if possible.

    In addition to the assessment, please also click on the following link and tell us more about yourself https://forms.gle/WpjbXEsfBRtByVjz5.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee: £0.00
    Senior fee: £0.00
    Concession: £0.00

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