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

Mon 19 Feb, 12:00-15:00, Library

Wed 21st Feb, 17:30-21:00, Library

Mon 26 Feb, 12:00-14:00, Library

Wed 28 Feb, 18:00-20:00, Library

Mon 5 Mar, 12:00-14:00, Library

Wed 7 Mar, 18:00-20:00, Library

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  1. ESOL level 1 (reading and writing)

    Course Date: Sat 24 Feb 2018 (and 2 other dates)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Are you now a confident speaker and writer of English? Can you communicate quite easily in your daily life, understand people around you and read and write about everyday subjects? This intermediate course will help you speak, read and write about more complicated topics with greater accuracy. You will learn how to make a presentation, write formally and informally and read about more challenging and interesting subjects. There will be reading and writing exams in July.

    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: £339.00
    Senior fee: £271.00
    Concession: £68.00

  2. Cambridge English: Advanced (CAE)

    Course Date: Tue 27 Feb 2018
    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: £759.00
    Senior fee: £759.00
    Concession: £759.00

  3. ESOL pronounciation: stage 2 (level 1-2)

    Course Date: Mon 9 Apr 2018
    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 the courses in the drama department.
    Full fee: £129.00
    Senior fee: £103.00
    Concession: £26.00

  4. ESOL: preparing for level 1

    Course Date: Tue 10 Apr 2018 (and 1 other date)
    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

  5. English pronunciation: stage 1

    Course Date: Tue 10 Apr 2018 (and 6 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: £189.00
    Senior fee: £189.00
    Concession: £189.00

  6. English pronunciation: stage 2

    Course Date: Tue 10 Apr 2018 (and 3 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

  7. ESOL entry 1

    Course Date: Wed 11 Apr 2018 (and 1 other date)
    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: £169.00
    Senior fee: £135.00
    Concession: £34.00

  8. Pronunciation and self-presentation for speakers of other languages

    Course Date: Wed 11 Apr 2018
    Location on this date: EC Euston
    Work on the voice to achieve greater confidence, develop your presentation skills and work towards tension-free sound in both your own language and English.
    Full fee: £189.00
    Senior fee: £189.00
    Concession: £115.00

  9. English pronunciation: stage 3

    Course Date: Thu 12 Apr 2018 (and 1 other date)
    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. Tutor: David John Gwillim.
    Full fee: £189.00
    Senior fee: £189.00
    Concession: £189.00

  10. Cambridge English: Proficiency (CPE)

    Course Date: Sat 14 Apr 2018
    Location on this date: EC Euston
    Cambridge English: Proficiency (CPE) qualification shows the world that you have reached an exceptional level of English. It the ultimate proof that you can communicate with the fluency and sophistication of a highly competent English speaker and that you have the level of English required to work or study at a top level. This course will both develop your language skills and provide you with the preparation needed to pass the exam.
    Full fee: £539.00
    Senior fee: £539.00
    Concession: £539.00

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

    Course Date: Mon 16 Apr 2018 (and 1 other date)
    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 the pronunciation courses run by our drama department.
    Full fee: £139.00
    Senior fee: £111.00
    Concession: £28.00

  12. 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

  13. 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

  14. ESOL: finding a better job (entry 3 - level 1)

    Course Date: Mon 16 Apr 2018
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Are you looking for a better job? Improve your English for job hunting, doing well in interviews, writing CVs and making good job applications.You will also receive some free career advice, guidance and information to help you make progress in your current company or find a new type of work.
    Full fee: £59.00
    Senior fee: £47.00
    Concession: £12.00

  15. English for business (level 2+)

    Course Date: Mon 16 Apr 2018 (and 1 other date)
    Location on this date: FRA - Fashion Retail Academy
    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 (NOT NAME) and a password when asked. Call 020 7492 2511 for any help.
    Full fee: £189.00
    Senior fee: £151.00
    Concession: £115.00

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