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 assessment before joining this course. You can come in person. See www.citylit.ac.uk/esol for dates or you can do an on-line assessment.

Got a question? Call 020 7492 2511 or email english@citylit.ac.uk for ESOL & English, maths@citylit.ac.uk for maths and getdigital@citylit.ac.uk 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 £19,890 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. ESOL entry 1

    Course Date: Wed 29 Apr 2020 (and 1 other date)
    Location on this date: Online
    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 a lot of new words and also learn grammar so you can ask and answer questions and read and write about yourself, your family and friends and complete forms and short emails. Please contact the department on 020 7492 2511 or skills@citylit.ac.uk for more information.

    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. See the ‘How will I be taught’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee: £139.00
    Senior fee: £111.00
    Concession: £28.00

  2. Write with confidence: grammar, punctuation and style for everyday writing (level 1 and above)

    Evening
    Course Date: Thu 30 Apr 2020 (and 1 other date)
    Location on this date: Online
    Do you want to work on your writing? Do you need to become more confident writing different texts? Do you need tto improve your writing for work? This course provides a supportive workshop environment for you to explore issues of grammar and style in your own writing. This workshop is particularly geared to anyone who is not confident with their writing and is writing within a professional, academic or creative context.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘How will I be taught’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee: £149.00
    Senior fee: £119.00
    Concession: £37.00

  3. Prepare for IELTS and improve your academic writing

    Weekend
    Course Date: Sat 2 May 2020
    Location on this date: EC Euston
    Do you need to improve your academic writing for university? Do you need proof of your English level to study at university or for professional purposes? This course will help you develop your essay writing and prepare for the IELTS Academic test, which is recognised as evidence of proficiency in English by more than 10,000 education and training providers worldwide. The IELTS Academic test is suitable for entry to study at undergraduate or postgraduate levels, and also for professional registration purposes. It assesses whether you are ready to begin studying or training in an environment where English language is used, and reflects some of the features of language used in academic study. Please contact the department on 020 7492 2511 or skills@citylit.ac.uk for more information.
    Full fee: £229.00
    Senior fee: £183.00
    Concession: £140.00

  4. Business: find the right word (advanced)

    Evening
    Course Date: Tue 5 May 2020
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Are you already working at a good level of English but still not sufficient for the needs of your workplace or to develop your career? Do you need to find 'just the right word, the correct tone, the exact phrase'? This course will help you develop the right English for the right situation particularly in the world of work. Learn about different styles of writing, and effective and appropriate communication.

    You need to have an initial assessment before joining this course. You can come in person. See www.citylit.ac.uk/esol for dates. Or you can do an on-line assessment. CLICK on the START ASSESSMENT button opposite. For best results use Chrome. You need to add an EMAIL ADDRESS (NOT NAME) and a password when asked. Please contact the department on 020 7492 2511 or skills@citylit.ac.uk for help or more information.

    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.
    Full fee: £189.00
    Senior fee: £151.00
    Concession: £115.00

  5. Writing skills in practice: advanced (level 2+)

    Evening
    Course Date: Thu 7 May 2020 (and 1 other date)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Do you need to develop your writing so you can express yourself in a full and rich manner? On this course, you will focus on how to structure different types of writing, organise your ideas and improve your vocabulary while focusing on difficulties typically faced by high level learners of English, such as tone and register. Learn how to research information and use your notes to write to the point, expressing complex ideas, in a style which is engaging and takes the reader into account.

    You need to have an initial assessment before joining this course. You can come in person. See www.citylit.ac.uk/esol for dates. Or you can do an on-line assessment. CLICK on the START ASSESSMENT button opposite. For best results use Chrome. You need to add an EMAIL ADDRESS (NOT NAME) and a password when asked. Please contact the department on 020 7492 2511 or skills@citylit.ac.uk for help or more information.

    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.
    Full fee: £179.00
    Senior fee: £143.00
    Concession: £109.00

  6. Communicating at work: meetings (level 1-2)

    Weekend
    Course Date: Sun 10 May 2020
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Do you attend a lot of meetings at work or in your studies? Do you need to improve your confidence for interacting and speaking at meetings? This course will help you develop the language and skills you need to contribute effectively in meeting at work. You will learn the language commonly used in meetings and negotiations, how to respond to other people’s opinions, how to get your opinions or points across to other members of the group, how to communicate politely and precisely, and how to chair meetings.

    You need to have an initial assessment before joining this course. You can come in person. See www.citylit.ac.uk/esol for dates. Or you can do an on-line assessment. CLICK on the START ASSESSMENT button opposite. For best results use Chrome. You need to add an EMAIL ADDRESS (NOT NAME) and a password when asked. Please contact the department on 020 7492 2511 or skills@citylit.ac.uk for help or more information.

    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.
    Full fee: £59.00
    Senior fee: £47.00
    Concession: £36.00

  7. ESOL pronunciation: stage 2 (level 1-2)

    Evening
    Course Date: Mon 11 May 2020 (and 1 other date)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    What are the different ways of pronouncing 'a'? Does 'for' always sound like 'four'? Is 't' always pronounced the same way? Learn the answers to these questions as you focus on fluent pronunciation practising linking, rhythm and stress and discover how context affects the pronunciation of English. This course is aimed at students with a good level of English - level 1 and 2 (B2-C1), who have completed Stage 1. Please contact the department on 020 7492 2511 or skills@citylit.ac.uk for more information. Highly fluent students at level 3 or above should apply to the courses in the drama department.

    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.
    Full fee: £129.00
    Senior fee: £103.00
    Concession: £26.00

  8. ESOL and film: discussion, expression, critical writing (level 1-2)

    Weekend
    Course Date: Sun 31 May 2020
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Love film? Learning English? This course will help you develop your English through watching, discussing and responding to a variety of film clips. The course willl focus on improving your listening skills so you can understand the meaning of what is said and not said, as well as developing your vocabulary and range of expression in speaking, listening, and giving opinions. You will also improve your reading and speaking through performing short dialogues.

    You need to have an initial assessment before joining this course. You can come in person. See www.citylit.ac.uk/esol for dates. Or you can do an on-line assessment. CLICK on the START ASSESSMENT button opposite. For best results use Chrome. You need to add an EMAIL ADDRESS (NOT NAME) and a password when asked. Please contact the department on 020 7492 2511 or skills@citylit.ac.uk for help or more information.

    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.
    Full fee: £129.00
    Senior fee: £103.00
    Concession: £79.00

  9. Learn English - learn about London, entry 2 - entry 3

    Course Date: Mon 13 Jul 2020
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Do you want to improve your English and learn about London at the same time? This course will help you feel more confident about living in London and using your English. You will visit interesting places and learn about the history of the city and the people who live there. You will also learn about important events in the city in the past and now. You will improve your speaking, listening, reading and writing. You will learn a lot of new words to describe people and places and how to express yourself fluently and correctly.

    You need to have an initial assessment before joining this course. You can come in person. See www.citylit.ac.uk/esol for dates. Or you can do an on-line assessment. CLICK on the START ASSESSMENT button opposite. For best results use Chrome. You need to add an EMAIL ADDRESS (NOT NAME) and a password when asked. Please contact the department on 020 7492 2511 or skills@citylit.ac.uk for help or more information.

    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.
    Full fee: £59.00
    Senior fee: £47.00
    Concession: £36.00

  10. Learn English - discover London, its history, culture and people, level 1 - level 2

    Evening
    Course Date: Mon 13 Jul 2020
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Do you want to improve your English and learn about London, its history, culture and people at the same time? 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 feel more at home in London and able to participate in its rich and diverse life.

    You need to have an initial assessment before joining this course. You can come in person. See www.citylit.ac.uk/esol for dates. Or you can do an on-line assessment. CLICK on the START ASSESSMENT button opposite. For best results use Chrome. You need to add an EMAIL ADDRESS (NOT NAME) and a password when asked. Please contact the department on 020 7492 2511 or skills@citylit.ac.uk for help or more information.

    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.
    Full fee: £69.00
    Senior fee: £55.00
    Concession: £42.00

  11. English pronunciation: stage 1 (intensive)

    Course Date: Mon 27 Jul 2020
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Improve your pronunciation of standard English on this intensive course which includes detailed study of vowel and consonant sounds. This course is for speakers of other languages who are fluent in English. Some homework required.
    Full fee: £229.00
    Senior fee: £183.00
    Concession: £156.00

  12. English pronunciation: stage 2 (intensive)

    Course Date: Mon 3 Aug 2020
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Ideal if you have completed 'English pronunciation: stage 1', the course develops fluency and clarity and explores diphthongs and triphthongs, inflexion and intonation, and the rhythms of standard English.
    Full fee: £229.00
    Senior fee: £183.00
    Concession: £156.00

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

    Course Date: Wed 15 Jan 2020 (and 1 other date)
    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.

    You need to have an initial assessment before joining this course. You can come in person. See www.citylit.ac.uk/esol for dates. Or you can do an on-line assessment. CLICK on the START ASSESSMENT button opposite. For best results use Chrome. You need to add an email address and a password when asked. Please contact the department on 020 7492 2511 or skills@citylit.ac.uk for help or more information.

    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. See the ‘How will I be taught’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee: £139.00
    Senior fee: £111.00
    Concession: £85.00

  14. ESOL: preparing for level 1

    Course Date: Tue 14 Jan 2020 (and 1 other date)
    Location on this date: Online
    For many students, moving from entry 3 to level 1 can be difficult. This course will prepare you for Level 1 by helping you become more accurate with your grammar and focusing on your reading and writing. You will still have lots of practice of speaking and listening. When you are ready, you can continue to level 1.



    You need to have an initial assessment before joining this course. You can come in person. See www.citylit.ac.uk/esol for dates. Or you can do an on-line assessment. CLICK on the START ASSESSMENT button opposite. For best results use Chrome. You need to add an email address and a password when asked. Please contact the department on 020 7492 2511 or skills@citylit.ac.uk for help or more information.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘How will I be taught’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee: £0.00
    Senior fee: £0.00
    Concession: £0.00

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

    Evening
    Course Date: Wed 15 Jan 2020 (and 1 other date)
    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.

    You need to have an initial assessment before joining this course. You can come in person. See www.citylit.ac.uk/esol for dates. Or you can do an on-line assessment. CLICK on the START ASSESSMENT button opposite. For best results use Chrome. You need to add an EMAIL ADDRESS (NOT NAME) and a password when asked. Please contact the department on 020 7492 2511 or skills@citylit.ac.uk for help or more information. 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. See the ‘How will I be taught’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee: £179.00
    Senior fee: £143.00
    Concession: £109.00

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