ESOL Courses (English for Speakers of Other Languages)

Would you like to improve your English fluency and pronunciation? Do you want to understand your English speaking colleagues and friends? Do you need to write emails at work or essays at university? Are you learning English for the first time? From beginner level to advanced, we can help you.

You can study on general ESOL courses and practise your speaking, listening, reading or writing. Or you can focus on specific areas such as grammar, conversation and communicating at work. From Entry 1 to Cambridge C2 Proficiency, our wide range of courses will ensure you have the English you need to make progress at work, participate in social life and express yourself fully.

You will learn through a variety of different techniques– drama, dialogue, film and singing, making podcasts, games, play and work-based tasks. Whether you prefer to study for a qualification or not, our creative and well-qualified tuors will help you become a fluent English speaker, listener, reader and writer.

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’.
Or you can have a face-to-face assessment via Zoom at the following times:
August 5th, 12th, 19th and 26th at 6-8pm.
Contact us to make an appointment: 020 7492 2511 / universal.skills@citylit.ac.uk

Our courses are FREE to most learners if you earn less than £20, 962 a year. 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.

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  1. ESOL entry 3 (speaking and listening)

    Evening
    Course Date: Mon 14 Sep 2020 (and 1 other date)
    Location on this date: Online
    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 February, there will be a speaking and listening 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 is FREE if one of the following applies:

    a) You are employed and earn less than £20,962. You need to have lived in the UK or EU for the last 3 years and be a citizen of the UK or a country within the EU. You may also be eligible for this funding in other circumstances. When you come for assessment or enrolment, bring a pay slip dated within 3 months of the course start date, or a current employment contract that shows your gross salary. OR

    b) You are either on Jobseekers' Allowance or Employment & Support Allowance. Please bring proof of income to your assessment or enrolment. OR

    c) You receive other state benefits (including Universal Credit), earn less than £338 a month (individual claims) or £541 a month (household claims) and are doing the course to become employed or move into more sustainable employment.

    Call 020 7831 7831 for more information.

    This course will be delivered online. For more information please see our guide to online learning.
    Full fee: £299.00
    Senior fee: £239.00
    Concession: £60.00

  2. ESOL level 1 (speaking and listening)

    Evening
    Course Date: Mon 14 Sep 2020 (and 1 other date)
    Location on this date: Online
    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 a speaking and listening exam in February.

    YBefore 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 is FREE if one of the following applies:

    a) You are employed and earn less than £20,962. You need to have lived in the UK or EU for the last 3 years and be a citizen of the UK or a country within the EU. You may also be eligible for this funding in other circumstances. When you come for assessment or enrolment, bring a pay slip dated within 3 months of the course start date, or a current employment contract that shows your gross salary. OR

    b) You are either on Jobseekers' Allowance or Employment & Support Allowance. Please bring proof of income to your assessment or enrolment. OR

    c) You receive other state benefits (including Universal Credit), earn less than £338 a month (individual claims) or £541 a month (household claims) and are doing the course to become employed or move into more sustainable employment.

    Call 020 7831 7831 for more information.

    This course will be delivered online. For more information please see our guide to online learning.
    Full fee: £339.00
    Senior fee: £271.00
    Concession: £68.00

  3. English pronunciation: stage 1

    Evening
    Course Date: Tue 15 Sep 2020 (and 2 other dates)
    Location on this date: Online
    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. This term the course will be taught online.

    This course will be delivered online. For more information please see our guide to online learning.
    Full fee: £199.00
    Senior fee: £199.00
    Concession: £135.00

  4. English pronunciation: stage 2

    Evening
    Course Date: Tue 15 Sep 2020 (and 1 other date)
    Location on this date: Online
    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. This term the course will be taught online.

    This course will be delivered online. For more information please see our guide to online learning.
    Full fee: £199.00
    Senior fee: £199.00
    Concession: £135.00

  5. ESOL level 2 (speaking and listening)

    Evening
    Course Date: Tue 15 Sep 2020 (and 1 other date)
    Location on this date: Online
    You have a good level of competency in all areas of your English. You can express yourself accurately in speaking and writing, can read newspapers and understand most television and radio. This upper-intermedate to advanced course will enrich your vocabulary and expression in both formal and informal English, enhance your grammar, and prepare you fully for the demands of work and study in the UK. There will be a speaking and listening exam in February.

    YBefore 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 is FREE if one of the following applies:

    a) You are employed and earn less than £20,962. You need to have lived in the UK or EU for the last 3 years and be a citizen of the UK or a country within the EU. You may also be eligible for this funding in other circumstances. When you come for assessment or enrolment, bring a pay slip dated within 3 months of the course start date, or a current employment contract that shows your gross salary. OR

    b) You are either on Jobseekers' Allowance or Employment & Support Allowance. Please bring proof of income to your assessment or enrolment. OR

    c) You receive other state benefits (including Universal Credit), earn less than £338 a month (individual claims) or £541 a month (household claims) and are doing the course to become employed or move into more sustainable employment.

    Call 020 7831 7831 for more information.

    This course will be delivered online. For more information please see our guide to online learning.
    Full fee: £339.00
    Senior fee: £271.00
    Concession: £68.00

  6. ESOL entry 2 (speaking and listening)

    Course Date: Tue 15 Sep 2020
    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.

    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 is FREE if one of the following applies:

    a) You are employed and earn less than £20,962. You need to have lived in the UK or EU for the last 3 years and be a citizen of the UK or a country within the EU. You may also be eligible for this funding in other circumstances. When you come for assessment or enrolment, bring a pay slip dated within 3 months of the course start date, or a current employment contract that shows your gross salary. OR

    b) You are either on Jobseekers' Allowance or Employment & Support Allowance. Please bring proof of income to your assessment or enrolment. OR

    c) You receive other state benefits (including Universal Credit), earn less than £338 a month (individual claims) or £541 a month (household claims) and are doing the course to become employed or move into more sustainable employment.

    Call 020 7831 7831 for more information.

    This course takes place in the classroom, please follow this link to find out what we are doing to keep you safe: Staying COVID-19 secure at City Lit
    Full fee: £299.00
    Senior fee: £239.00
    Concession: £60.00

  7. ESOL entry 1

    Course Date: Wed 16 Sep 2020
    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 new words and grammar, how to ask and answer questions, how to read and write about yourself, your family, and friends, and how to complete forms and short emails. 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 is FREE if one of the following applies:

    a) You are employed and earn less than £20,962. You need to have lived in the UK or EU for the last 3 years and be a citizen of the UK or a country within the EU. You may also be eligible for this funding in other circumstances. When you come for assessment or enrolment, bring a pay slip dated within 3 months of the course start date, or a current employment contract that shows your gross salary. OR

    b) You are either on Jobseekers' Allowance or Employment & Support Allowance. Please bring proof of income to your assessment or enrolment. OR

    c) You receive other state benefits (including Universal Credit), earn less than £338 a month (individual claims) or £541 a month (household claims) and are doing the course to become employed or move into more sustainable employment.

    Call 020 7831 7831 for more information.

    This course takes place in the classroom, please follow this link to find out what we are doing to keep you safe: Staying COVID-19 secure at City Lit
    Full fee: £179.00
    Senior fee: £143.00
    Concession: £36.00

  8. English pronunciation: stage 3

    Evening
    Course Date: Thu 17 Sep 2020
    Location on this date: Online
    Designed for students who have completed 'English Pronunciation' stages 1 and 2- this is an online version of our hugely popular face to face courses. Conversation and the reading aloud of a variety of texts will help to pinpoint those pronunciation worries still to be addressed.

    This course will be delivered online. For more information please see our guide to online learning.
    Full fee: £199.00
    Senior fee: £199.00
    Concession: £135.00

  9. ESOL entry 2-entry 3

    Weekend
    Course Date: Sat 19 Sep 2020
    Location on this date: Online
    Are you quite confident about your everyday English? Can you have some short conversations and read and write simple emails? Can you go shopping, talk about simple subjects, and write a letter? But do you make quite a lot mistakes? Is it difficult to speak, read or write about more complicated topics? 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. Your will 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.

    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 is FREE if one of the following applies:

    a) You are employed and earn less than £20,962. You need to have lived in the UK or EU for the last 3 years and be a citizen of the UK or a country within the EU. You may also be eligible for this funding in other circumstances. When you come for assessment or enrolment, bring a pay slip dated within 3 months of the course start date, or a current employment contract that shows your gross salary. OR

    b) You are either on Jobseekers' Allowance or Employment & Support Allowance. Please bring proof of income to your assessment or enrolment. OR

    c) You receive other state benefits (including Universal Credit), earn less than £338 a month (individual claims) or £541 a month (household claims) and are doing the course to become employed or move into more sustainable employment.

    Call 020 7831 7831 for more information.

    This course will be delivered online. For more information please see our guide to online learning.
    Full fee: £169.00
    Senior fee: £135.00
    Concession: £34.00

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

    Course Date: Mon 21 Sep 2020
    Location on this date: Online
    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 in speaking, writing, reading and listening. Gain confidence in using grammar effectively through engaging in contextualised tasks.

    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 is FREE if you are employed and earn less than £20,962. You need to have lived in the UK or EU for the last 3 years and be a citizen of the UK or a country within the EU. You may also be eligible for this funding in other circumstances. When you come for assessment or enrolment, bring a pay slip dated within 3 months of the course start date, or a current employment contract that shows your gross salary.

    Call 020 7831 7831 for more information.

    This course will be delivered online. For more information please see our guide to online learning.
    Full fee: £139.00
    Senior fee: £111.00
    Concession: £85.00

  11. Writing skills in practice: upper intermediate (level 1-2)

    Evening
    Course Date: Tue 22 Sep 2020
    Location on this date: Online
    Develop your writing by learning how to plan, structure and write letters, stories, articles, reports and more. Through writing in different ways, you will 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).

    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 is FREE if you are employed and earn less than £20,962. You need to have lived in the UK or EU for the last 3 years and be a citizen of the UK or a country within the EU. You may also be eligible for this funding in other circumstances. When you come for assessment or enrolment, bring a pay slip dated within 3 months of the course start date, or a current employment contract that shows your gross salary.

    Call 020 7831 7831 for more information.

    This course will be delivered online. For more information please see our guide to online learning.
    Full fee: £139.00
    Senior fee: £111.00
    Concession: £85.00

  12. English for professionals: C1 Advanced (Cambridge English Advanced, CAE)

    Evening
    Course Date: Tue 22 Sep 2020
    Location on this date: Online
    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 skill for people with ESOL Level 2 (C1) or above. This course will develop your language skills as well as prepare you for the test and enable you to communicate at a very high level of English either in the UK or abroad. 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 Chome if possible.

    This course will be delivered online. For more information please see our guide to online learning.
    Full fee: £539.00
    Senior fee: £539.00
    Concession: £539.00

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

    Course Date: Wed 23 Sep 2020
    Location on this date: Online
    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.

    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 is FREE if you are employed and earn less than £20,962. You need to have lived in the UK or EU for the last 3 years and be a citizen of the UK or a country within the EU. You may also be eligible for this funding in other circumstances. When you come for assessment or enrolment, bring a pay slip dated within 3 months of the course start date, or a current employment contract that shows your gross salary.

    Call 020 7831 7831 for more information.

    This course will be delivered online. For more information please see our guide to online learning.
    Full fee: £129.00
    Senior fee: £103.00
    Concession: £79.00

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

    Evening
    Course Date: Wed 23 Sep 2020
    Location on this date: Online
    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.

    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. The course runs over three terms (though you may start any term, places allowing).

    This course is FREE if you are employed and earn less than £20,962. You need to have lived in the UK or EU for the last 3 years and be a citizen of the UK or a country within the EU. You may also be eligible for this funding in other circumstances. When you come for assessment or enrolment, bring a pay slip dated within 3 months of the course start date, or a current employment contract that shows your gross salary.

    Call 020 7831 7831 for more information.

    This course will be delivered online. For more information please see our guide to online learning.
    Full fee: £179.00
    Senior fee: £143.00
    Concession: £109.00

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

    Evening
    Course Date: Wed 23 Sep 2020
    Location on this date: Online
    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. This course will be taught online.

    This course will be delivered online. For more information please see our guide to online learning.
    Full fee: £179.00
    Senior fee: £179.00
    Concession: £122.00

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