English for speakers of other languages

ESOL (English for Speakers of Other Languages)

City Lit has a wide range of courses to help you develop your reading, writing, and speaking and listening skills in English (ESOL).

Our offer includes both a year long and short termly courses at different levels. 

  • Level 2
  • Level 1
  • Entry 3
  • Entry 2
  • Entry 2
  • Pre-Entry 
  • Maths for ESOL 
  • Conversation Club 
  • Grammar in practice 
  • Writing skills in Practice 
  • ESOL, maths and digital skills for Life 
  • Learn English- learn about London
 

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 - communication skills for life and work - Entry 3 (Reading)
    Weekend
    Course start date:  Sat 14 Sep 2024

    Location on this date:  Online

    This is the Reading unit of the ESOL course to give you confidence in reading simple text. You will practice reading different types of text for example: Letters, adverts, books, newspapers, and websites. You will read interesting everyday topics and practice finding information and understanding general meaning of stories, descriptions, messages, signs, and notices.



    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 £0.00 Senior fee £0.00 Concession £0.00
  2. ESOL - communication skills for life and work - level 1 (Reading)
    Course start date:  Tue 17 Sep 2024 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    This is the Reading unit of the ESOL course to give you confidence in reading straightforward and some complex texts. You will practice reading different types of text including emails, letters, adverts, posters, books, newspapers, and websites. You will read interesting everyday topics and practice finding information and understanding general meaning of stories, news, descriptions, messages, signs, and notices.



    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 £0.00 Senior fee £0.00 Concession £0.00
  3. English communication skills for life and work (ESOL entry 2)
    Course start date:  Tue 17 Sep 2024

    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 for learners who have not achieved a GCSE grade C (4) and higher in English. For more information Click here
    Full fee £179.00 Senior fee £143.00 Concession £90.00
  4. English communication skills for life and work (ESOL entry 1)
    Course start date:  Wed 18 Sep 2024

    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
  5. Develop your writing and language skills (level 1-level 2)
    Course start date:  Tue 23 Apr 2024 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  Online

    Have you been learning English for a long time but your writing just doesn’t seem to be improving? Are you quite a fluent speaker but find formal speaking difficult? Do you feel ‘stuck’. This course will release you! You will focus on how to improve the structure of your writing both the whole text, paragraphs and sentences. You will work on understanding the grammar of the language, and the skills you learn to develop your writing will help you improve your more formal speaking whether this is for job interviews, meetings at work or giving presentations. This course is ideal if you have been living in the UK for several years, feel quite comfortable in speaking English as a second language, but lack confidence in your literacy 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 £129.00 Senior fee £103.00 Concession £65.00
  6. Pre Entry ESOL (Intro to reading and writing english)
    Course start date:  Wed 24 Apr 2024 (and 2 other dates)

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Do you need to learn how to read and write basic English? Can you say and write the letters of the alphabet? Can you spell simple words or write simple sentences about yourself? Can you fill in a basic form? Can you identify numbers and count from 0 to 100? Can you identify social signs and symbols in the UK? If the answers to these questions are no, this is the right course for you! It is an introduction to basic reading and writing to help you with everyday life and becoming more independent in the UK. This course will also allow you to explore important reading and writing skills outside of the classroom setting and will increase your confidence in speaking.







    You need to do a pre-course assessment. Contact universal.skills@citylit.ac.uk/020 4582 0423 for a face-to-face assessment. There is no online assessment for pre-entry courses. Please come in person for an assessment.



    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 £130.00 Senior fee £91.00 Concession £65.00
  7. English pronunciation: stage 1
    Weekend
    Course start date:  Sat 28 Sep 2024 (and 6 other dates)

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  David John Gwillim
    Are you a non-native fluent speaker who wants to improve your pronunciation of English and to speak the language more clearly and confidently? Work on clear 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 in the college.
    Full fee £259.00 Senior fee £259.00 Concession £181.00
    Rating:
    97% of 100
  8. Grammar in practice: intermediate (entry 3-level 1)
    Course start date:  Wed 25 Sep 2024

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    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.



    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
  9. Grammar in practice: upper intermediate (level 1-2)
    Evening
    Course start date:  Fri 3 May 2024 (and 1 other date)

    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 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





    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 £75.00
    Rating:
    100% of 100
  10. English pronunciation: stage 2
    Weekend
    Course start date:  Sat 25 Jan 2025 (and 4 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 £259.00 Senior fee £259.00 Concession £181.00
    Rating:
    96% of 100
  11. ESOL - communication skills for life and work (entry 1)
    Last Few Places
    Course start date:  Wed 17 Apr 2024

    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
  12. Grammar in practice: pre-intermediate (entry 2- entry 3)
    Last Few Places
    Course start date:  Wed 17 Apr 2024

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Do you need help with your grammar? Do you want to know more about verb tenses? Do you want to ask questions with good pronunciation and correct grammar? On this course, you will learn all the essential grammar to help you speak and write well. You will focus on when to use present simple, present continuous and past simple. You will practise when to use 'do', 'does', 'is', 'are' and 'did' in questions and how to say these words. By the end of the course you will have a strong foundation for your English learning.



    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 £79.00 Senior fee £63.00 Concession £40.00
  13. ESOL: Develop your speaking and listening skills (entry 3-level 1)
    Course start date:  Tue 30 Apr 2024

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Are you tired of asking people to repeat themselves? Do you nod and smile when you don't understand? Do you wish you could understand the TV better or follow phone conversations more easily? Good listening skills are essential to your English language development and students often never learn specific listening techniques. These skills will help your speaking and conversation skills. This course will help you identify the words and focus on the meaning instead of hearing a stream of meaningless sounds.. You will be able to relax when you are having conversations and enjoy films without subtitles!



    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
  14. ESOL - communication skills for life and work (entry 2)
    Course start date:  Tue 30 Apr 2024

    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
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