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English for speakers of other languages (ESOL) community courses

​See what ESOL community courses we offer for families.

Our non-accredited English-language community courses are offered in partnership with local community centres, schools and children centres across the borough. You can study everyday English from pre-entry to entry level 3.

Who the courses are for

Our community ESOL courses teach English to adults who speak English as a second language. Courses are free to parents, grandparents and guardians of school aged children.

Why study English

  • You may want to be able to help your children with schoolwork or be able to use public services more confidently.
  • You will improve your English language skills in speaking, listening reading and writing.
  • You will become more confident in taking part in everyday life in the UK.
  • You will progress towards your personal goals and achieve your ambitions.

Why study with us

  • Our community English language courses are free to eligible adults.
  • We assess your skill level to make sure you take the right course for you.
  • You can progress into accredited ESOL courses at one of our main centres.
  • Courses are interactive and topic-based to suit your needs.
  • Courses are available at various centres and schools in the borough.
  • Classes are small and supportive with excellent resources.

Our teachers are:

  • fully qualified specialist tutors of ESOL
  • experienced in teaching adult learners
  • committed to your progress and development.

Pre-course assessments

  • To enrol for a community English language course you will need to attend a pre-course assessment interview.
  • During the interview you can tell us more about your long-term goals. We will assess your skill level and place you on the appropriate course at a centre near you.
  • The assessment can take up to two hours.
  • You will only be seen if you have booked an appointment.
  • Most of our courses offer free crèche facilities for children under five.

How to book the pre-course assessment

  • Choose from one of the courses below.
  • Call us on 020 8314 3300 and quote 'COMESOL'.
  • Appointments are on a first come, first served basis.
  • For more information contact Ruhsar Osman on 020 8314 6761.

Please bring these documents to your pre-course assessment appointment:

  • Your residency document (UK/EU passport, ID card, non-EU passport with valid visa, recent letter from Home Office).
  • Your identification document (one of the above or: driving licence, National Insurance card, certificate of entitlement to funding, bank debit/credit card).
  • Your National Insurance number.

Pre-course assessment dates

You can now book a pre-course assessment for courses starting in September.

​Date ​Location
​Monday 9 July Downderry Children's Centre
​Monday 9 July ​Bellingham Children's Centre
​Tuesday 10 July  Hither Green Baptist Church​
​Wednesday 11 July ​Armada Community Centre
​Wednesday 11 July ​Armada Community Centre
​Thursday 12 July  ​Hither Green Baptist Church
​Monday 10 September ​Downderry Children's Centre
Monday 10 September ​Armada Community Centre
​​Wednesday 12 September ​Armada Community Centre
​Friday 14 September ​Bellingham Children's Centre
 

English Language - E1 introduction (NEA1AE1HG)
Starts 18 September 2018 at Hither Green Baptist Church – Tuesday 9.30am to 11.30am
10 weeks; FREE

English Language - E1 reading and writing (NEA3AE1HG)
Starts 30 April 2019 at Hither Green Baptist Church – Tuesday 9.30am to 11.30am
10 weeks; FREE

English Language - E1 speaking and listening (NEA2AE1HG)
Starts 15 January 2019 at Hither Green Baptist Church – Tuesday 9.30am to 11.30am
10 weeks; FREE

English Language - E2 introduction (NEA1AE2HG)
Starts 18 September 2018 at Hither Green Baptist Church – Tuesday 9.30am to 11.30am
10 weeks; FREE

English Language - E2 introduction (NEA1AE2AC)
Starts 17 September 2018 at NLDC - Armada Community Centre – Monday 10am to 12 noon
10 weeks; FREE

English Language - E2 reading and writing (NEA3AE2HG)
Starts 30 April 2019 at Hither Green Baptist Church – Tuesday 9.30am to 11.30am
10 weeks; FREE

English Language - E2 reading and writing (NEA3AE2AC)
Starts 29 April 2019 at NLDC - Armada Community Centre – Monday 10am to 12 noon
10 weeks; FREE

English Language - E2 speaking and listening (NEA2AE2AC)
Starts 14 January 2019 at NLDC - Armada Community Centre – Monday 10am to 12 noon
10 weeks; FREE

English Language - E2 speaking and listening (NEA2AE2HG)
Starts 15 January 2019 at Hither Green Baptist Church – Tuesday 9.30am to 11.30am
10 weeks; FREE

English Language - E3 introduction (NEA1PE3BC)
Starts 17 September 2018 at Bellingham Children's Centre – Monday 1pm to 3pm
10 weeks; FREE

English Language - E3 reading and writing (NEA3PE3BC)
Starts 29 April 2019 at Bellingham Children's Centre – Monday 1pm to 3pm
10 weeks; FREE

English Language - E3 speaking and listening (NEA2PE3BC)
Starts 14 January 2019 at Bellingham Children's Centre – Monday 1pm to 3pm
10 weeks; FREE

English Language - Pre-Entry introduction (NEA1PPEAC)
Starts 17 September 2018 at NLDC - Armada Community Centre – Monday 1pm to 3pm
10 weeks; FREE

English Language - Pre-Entry reading and writing (NEA3PPEAC)
Starts 29 April 2019 at NLDC - Armada Community Centre – Monday 1pm to 3pm
10 weeks; FREE

English Language - Pre-Entry speaking and listening (NEA2PPEAC)
Starts 14 January 2019 at NLDC - Armada Community Centre – Monday 1pm to 3pm
10 weeks; FREE

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