English for speakers of other languages

English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL Classes)

Do you want to improve your English speaking, listening, reading and writing? Do you need to develop your communication skills for work? Would you like to participate more effectively in society, discuss the news, talk about art, write about your feelings and thoughts?

ESOL classes offer more than a language learning

Whether you are complete beginner or an advanced speaker running a business, our courses will help you develop the most in-demand common skills for work and life: problem-solving, decision-making, collaborating, analysing, seeing the bigger picture. You will focus on how to achieve tasks such as organising events, writing film reviews, dealing with customers and the language skills you need to complete these tasks. 

What is the best ESOL course for me?

We have long and short ESOL courses.You can choose to learn online and face-to-face. On some of our ESOL courses, you can get a qualifications. You can do specialist pronunciation, grammar and writing classes, courses on web design and podcasting, business and storytelling, plus general ESOL courses. 

You need to do a pre-course assessment. You can also do it online by clicking ‘Start Assessment’ on the course page, However, a face-to-face assessment is better. Contact universal.skill@citylit.ac.uk / 020 4582 0423 for an appointment. You can also come without an appointment.

Times:

  • Every Monday 12- 2pm
  • Every Wednesday 6-8pm
  • Every Friday 11am-1pm (23rd August – 6th October)

The courses are FREE to most learners. For more information about our live online courses, please see our guide to online learning.

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  1. ESOL pronunciation: stage 1 (level 1-2)
    Evening
    Course start date:  Mon 22 Jan 2024 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  Online

    Tired of people not understanding you? Would you like to sound 'more English'? Do you need to communicate 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.



    You need to do a pre-course assessment. Contact universal.skills@citylit.ac.uk / 020 8078 0489 for a face-to-face assessment or click the Start Assessment button on this page. Log on with your email address (not name).



    This course is FREE if you are employed and on a low wage or you are claiming benefits. For more information Click here



    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 £65.00
    Rating:
    88% of 100
  2. ESOL - communication skills for life and work (entry 2)
    Course start date:  Tue 16 Jan 2024 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Can you have short conversations in English, and read and write simple emails, but want to do more? This course will help you talk, read and write about more interesting subjects and make fewer mistakes so people can understand you, you can understand them and you can read and write important messages, emails, forms and news stories. You will improve your vocabulary, grammar and pronunciation. By the end of this three-term programme you will able to interact confidently with English speakers in your daily life. You can join the course at any time.



    You need to do a pre-course assessment. Contact universal.skills@citylit.ac.uk / 020 8078 0489 for a face-to-face assessment or click the Start Assessment button on this page. Log on with your email address (not name).



    This course is FREE if you are employed and on a low wage or you are claiming benefits. For more information Click here
    Full fee £179.00 Senior fee £143.00 Concession £90.00
  3. ESOL - communication skills for life and work (entry 1)
    Course start date:  Wed 17 Jan 2024 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  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.



    You need to do a pre-course assessment. Contact universal.skills@citylit.ac.uk / 020 8078 0489 for a face-to-face assessment or click the Start Assessment button on this page. Log on with your email address (not name).



    This course is FREE if you are employed and on a low wage or you are claiming benefits. For more information Click here
    Full fee £149.00 Senior fee £119.00 Concession £75.00
  4. English pronunciation: stage 2
    Weekend
    Course start date:  Sat 13 Jan 2024 (and 2 other dates)

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  David John Gwillim
    Designed for people who have completed ‘English Pronunciation: stage 1’ although new students with sufficient skills can join. Develop confidence and clarity, explore diphthongs and triphthongs, inflection and the rhythms of Standard English. This term the course will be delivered in the college.
    Full fee £219.00 Senior fee £219.00 Concession £153.00
    Rating:
    96% of 100
  5. Grammar in practice: upper intermediate (level 1-2)
    Course start date:  Wed 24 Jan 2024 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  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 in speaking, writing, reading and listening. Gain confidence in using grammar effectively through high level and engaging tasks



    You need to do a pre-course assessment. Contact universal.skills@citylit.ac.uk / 020 8078 0489 for a face-to-face assessment or click the Start Assessment button on this page. Log on with your email address (not name).



    This course is FREE if you are employed and on a low wage or you are claiming benefits. For more information Click here
    Full fee £149.00 Senior fee £119.00 Concession £75.00
    Rating:
    100% of 100
  6. Communication skills: develop your writing and digital skills through website design (ESOL level 1-2)
    Course start date:  Thu 18 Jan 2024

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Do you want to improve your English in a real-life context and develop your digital skills at the same time? On this course you will learn how to create a website and write content for it. You will decide together on the type of website you want to create as a class and you will then focus on how to write in a way suitable for web pages. You will focus on how to structure the writing, how to make sure the most important information is in the right part of the text, how to write headlines, and use the right tone. You will also look at how to embed your own videos and speak well on videos. By the end of the course, you will have developed an important skill for use inside and outside work and improved your overall communication and digital skills.



    You need to do a pre-course assessment. Contact universal.skills@citylit.ac.uk / 020 8078 0489 for a face-to-face assessment or click the Start Assessment button on this page. Log on with your email address (not name).



    This course is FREE if you are employed and on a low wage or you are claiming benefits. For more information Click here
    Full fee £149.00
  7. ESOL: Learn English and learn about London, its people and your rights (entry 3-level 1)
    Course start date:  Wed 31 Jan 2024

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Do you want to improve your English and learn about London, its history, culture and people at the same time? And also learn about your democratic rights? On this course, you will visit places of interest and learn about the history of these places especially about the different people and cultures who have lived there, and about important events which have shaped the city. You will do your own research and so improve your reading and writing skills as well as your speaking and listening. In addition, you will learn about democratic systems in the UK, your rights and where you can find advice. By the end of the course, you will feel more at home in London and able to participate in its rich and diverse life.



    You need to do a pre-course assessment. Contact universal.skills@citylit.ac.uk / 020 8078 0489 for a face-to-face assessment or click the Start Assessment button on this page. Log on with your email address (not name).



    This course is FREE if you are employed and on a low wage or you are claiming benefits. For more information Click here
    Full fee £129.00 Senior fee £103.00 Concession £65.00
  8. Communication skills: how to speak with confidence inside and outside work (ESOL entry 3- level 1)
    Course start date:  Fri 2 Feb 2024

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Do you need to talk to members of the public at work - by phone, face-to-face, online? Do you have to understand your work colleagues? Would you like to be more confident when speaking and listening? This course will help you become a good communicator inside and outside work. You will practise how to interact and engage with customers, with strangers and with friends. You will focus on how to be polite, how to sell things, talk over the phone at call centres, take messages and speak and listen at the same time, make small talk with work colleagues. You will learn in a way that increases your skills and your confidence.



    You need to do a pre-course assessment. Contact universal.skills@citylit.ac.uk / 020 8078 0489 for a face-to-face assessment or click the Start Assessment button on this page. Log on with your email address (not name).



    This course is FREE if you are employed and on a low wage or you are claiming benefits. For more information Click here
    Full fee £69.00 Senior fee £55.00 Concession £35.00
  9. ESOL - communication skills for life and work (entry 3 reading and writing)
    Last Few Places, Evening
    Course start date:  Mon 19 Feb 2024 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Are you quite confident in your everyday English? Can you go shopping, talk about simple subjects and write a letter or email? But do you make quite a lot of 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 that you can understand people better, talk about most daily topics, read a simple news story and write a long email or letter. There will be reading and writing exams.



    You need to do a pre-course assessment. Contact universal.skills@citylit.ac.uk / 020 8078 0489 for a face-to-face assessment or click the Start Assessment button on this page. Log on with your email address (not name)..



    This course is FREE if you are employed and on a low wage or you are claiming benefits. For more information Click here
    Full fee £279.00 Senior fee £223.00 Concession £140.00
  10. ESOL - communication skills for life and work (level 1 reading and writing)
    Course start date:  Tue 20 Feb 2024 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  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 do a pre-course assessment. Contact universal.skills@citylit.ac.uk / 020 8078 0489 for a face-to-face assessment or click the Start Assessment button on this page. Log on with your email address (not name).



    This course is FREE if you are employed and on a low wage or you are claiming benefits. For more information Click here
    Full fee £349.00 Senior fee £279.00 Concession £175.00
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