Essential Skills Courses at City Lit

We offer courses in ESOL, English, maths and digital skills. You can improve your speaking, listening, reading and writing and your computing and digital skills. We run courses from beginner to advanced – for those who can write only a few words to those who are going to university, for those who are new to computing to those ready for ECDL level 3.

You need to have an initial online assessment before joining an English, maths or ESOL course. Please go to the course page you would like to enrol on and click 'Start Assessment'. We advise you to use Google Chrome as your browser when doing this.

Study at home with our online courses.

For a limited time you can enjoy 20% off our online courses with a start date from 1 September 2020 using discount code: NEWONLINE. (Terms & Conditions apply )

You can now study ESOL, English, maths and digital skills with our online face-to-face courses. You will need a computer with a microphone, a camera and the internet. It is best to use Google Chrome as your web browser. Your tutor will send you information on how to join your online class after you have enrolled.

Got a question? Call 020 7492 2511 or email for ESOL & English, for maths and for digital skills and computing.

You can also call us on 020 7831 7831 Monday-Friday between 10am-5pm.

View all of our digital skills and computing courses for hearing students

View all of our digital skills and computing courses for deaf students

Please note: All our essential skills courses are FREE if you are in work and earn less than £20,962 a year. 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 salary. The majority of English and maths courses are free for everyone while other courses also have zero or reduced fees if you are on JSA, ESA (WRAG) or a means-tested benefit. Call 020 7831 7831 for more details.

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  1. A Mile in My Shoes: ESOL and Story-Telling (L1-L2)

    Course Date: Mon 22 Jun 2020
    Location on this date: Online
    “I wish that for just one time you could stand inside my shoes.....” What would it feel like for someone else to walk in your shoes so that just for that one moment they could be you? This course will help you find out. On this free and special course you will work with an ESOL tutor, a professional storyteller and the world famous Empathy Museum to create and tell your own digital story. You will turn an event in your life into a story which will become a podcast and part of an arts project to be distributed around the world. Listeners will be asked to step into your shoes while they listen to your story. They will then send you comments about how they feel about your story. Finally, you will then have an opportunity to write about how you feel about the listeners’ comments and your reflections will be part of a final exhibition at the Empathy Museum shop which you will help to organise.

    This is a unique opportunity to develop your English – your pronunciation, speaking, listening, grammar, vocabulary – as well as learn about digital recordings and creating projects. Sponsored by the London Mayor’s Office, this course will require you to be available throughout the summer via Zoom. You will need to complete the pre-course asessment by clicking the ‘Start Assessment’ button. When you log on, please use your email address, not name. Any problems contact

    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

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