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)
    Course start date:  Mon 15 Apr 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
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  2. Communication skills: developing your writing, speaking and digital skills through creating a radio programme (ESOL level 1-2)
    Course start date:  Thu 25 Apr 2024

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Do you want to develop your writing and speaking skills? Would you also like to improve your digital skills? On this course you will work on writing, enacting and recording short radio programmes about news items, arts, hobbies, and other areas of interest. By doing this, you will improve your communication skills including emphasising meaning, choosing the right words, speaking and writing concisely with the right tone and creating emotions. You will also focus on your pronunciation and fluency. You will work on how to edit and put together a programme. We hope we can distribute your programme to friendly listeners!



    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 £139.00 Senior fee £111.00 Concession £70.00
  3. 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
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  4. 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
  5. 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
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