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ESOL : English lessons for people who speak English as a second or other language

There are lots of places in Newcastle where you can learn English or practice your conversation skills. These sessions are known as ESOL which means, English as a second or other language.

Classes can be informal groups to help you build your confidence in speaking English. Or formal classes where you can get a certificate or qualification to show that you can speak English. A certificate can be useful to help you to get ready to work or apply for jobs.

Here’s the classes that are available in Newcastle. Contact the organisation to find out more about what they offer. The time of sessions and venues may change.


English courses with a certificate or qualification

Organisation What’s available How to use the service
Newcastle City Learning

Address: Westgate College, Westgate Road, NE4 9LU

Telephone: 0191 277 3520

Website: newcastlecitylearning.ac.uk

Email: newcastlecitylearning@newcastle.gov.uk

English as a second language (ESOL) Service:

Learn English reading, writing, speaking and listening. Includes language and skills required for everyday life, work and citizenship.

Qualifications: from Entry 1 to Level 2.

You can enrol each term for classes at all levels.

Who can use the service: adults who don’t speak English and who plan to settle in the UK including people:

  • who have lived in the UK for over 3 years
  • with indefinite leave to remain
  • asylum seekers who have been in the UK for 6 month
  • refugees
  • members of the EEC Economic area

Cost: Free

Newcastle College

Address: Rye Hill Campus, Scotswood Road, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE4 5BR

Telephone: 0191 200 4000

Website: ncl-coll.ac.uk

Email: enquiries@ncl-coll.ac.uk

English as a second language (ESOL) Service:

Learn English reading, writing, speaking and listening. Includes maths, language and skills required for everyday life, work and citizenship.

Qualifications: from beginner to advanced.

Places are subject to eligibility. For example, asylum seekers who have lived in the UK for 6 months

Who can use the service: all levels welcome

16 to 18 year olds can study ESOL full time

Adults can apply to study a range of free classes

Cost: Free

The Chinese Centre

Address: 117 Westgate Road, NE1 4AG

Tel: 0191 230 3158 or 07856 295 987

Facebook: www.facebook.com/ChineseCentreNE

Accredited English as a second language (ESOL) classes

Entry level 1 to Level 2

Fast track learning with online resources.

Who can attend: anyone eligible for adult education funding who is not accessing other education provision

Cost: free

Newcastle International School

Address: Northumberland House, NE1 8ER

Tel: 0191 435 1014

Email: admin@newcastlenis.com

Free support classes

English Conversation Class

English for Work class

Who can attend: contact for more information and eligibility

Women only classes are available

Cost: free


English classes in the community

Organisation What’s available How to use the service
Action Language run by Action Foundation

Address: CastleGate, Melbourne Street, Newcastle-upon-Tyne, NE1 2JQ

Telephone: 0191 231 3113

Website: actionfoundation.org.uk

Email: info@actionfoundation.org.uk

English courses in Newcastle and online Zoom lessons

Suitable for beginners to advanced English speakers

Childcare: Not available

Register online or

Text or WhatsApp ENGLISH to 07518 460198

Email info@actionlanguage.org.uk

You need to bring your identification (ID) documents when you enrol.

Who can use the service: Open to anyone not attending college classes.

Cost: Free

Brunswick Methodist Church

Address: Brunswick Methodist Church, NE1 7BJ

Email: admin@brunswickmethodist.org.uk

Contact: Sarah Ahmadi 0786 564 6667

English entry 1 only

Mondays 10am to 2.30pm

 

Who can attend: refugees and people with permission to work

Cost: free

 

Byker Sands Family Centre

Address: 19 Raby Cross, Byker, NE6 2FF

Tel: 0191 275 9636

Email: sure.start.east@barnardos.org.uk

Website: www.facebook.com/pg/Community-Family-Hub-East-1742672322696105

English language courses:

Entry level  and level 1 course: Tuesday 12.30pm to 2.30pm.

Childcare: creche available.

 

Who can attend: open to all, subject to availability and eligibility.

Cost: free

English for All UK 

Website: 

 

Free online and face to face English lessons for different abilities

Online classes on Zoom

Monday 10.30am  Fortnightly Community Forum
Tuesday 10.30am English (basic English)
Wednesday 1pm Women Only Conversation
Wednesday 6.30pm  Evening Class (all levels of English)
Friday 1.30pm  Drop-in (all welcome)

Face to Face class

Thursdays 10.30am to 12.30pm English Class in person at DiverCity Hub, Buckingham Street

Who can attend: refugees, asylum seekers and migrants who want to learn English. 

They run a women only session

How to access: Email or message them on Facebook to get the link to online sessions

Cost: free

 

International House

Address: Room 9 at International House Newcastle, 7-15 Gallowgate, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE1 4SG

Tel: 0191 232 9551

Website: ihnewcastle.com

Email: info@ihnewcastle.com

 

Free English classes

Upper level (B2) classes from 7th October to 20th December. Monday to Friday 2pm to 4pm.

The classes are given for free by people who are learning to teach English.

Who can attend: open to all

Cost: free

 

JET (Jobs, Employment and Training)

Address: 81 Adelaide Terrace, NE4 8BB

Email: julie22@jetnorth.org.uk

Website: jetnorth.org.uk

Tel: 0191 273 5761

English as a second Language service:

Wednesday mornings 9.30am to 12pm: Pre Entry and Entry Level 1 ESOL at Newcastle Central Mosque, Grainger Park Road

Childcare: No crèche available

Thursday afternoons 1pm to 3pm: Integration Project runs on at Robert Stewart URC Church on Wingrove Road (opposite Sara’s clothes shop).

Childcare: Crèche available

Who can use the service: adults

Cost: free

Justice and Peace (Diocese of Hexham and Newcastle) 

Address: Our Lady of Lourdes Deaf Centre, 2 Summerhill Grove, Newcastle upon Tyne NE4 6EE

Phone: 07427 838813

English conversation classes:

Monday, Wednesday and Friday 11.30am to 12.30pm

Who can attend: open to all

Cost: free

Newcastle College

Address: Teaching Development Centre, George Street, NE4 7JL

Tel: 0191 200 4000

Website: ncl-coll.ac.uk

Email: enquiries@ncl-coll.ac.uk

Free English classes

Entry level 2 classes from 8th October 2019.

Tuesdays 12.15pm to 3.15pm (attend when you can).

The teachers are on a teacher training course.

 

Who can attend: open to all

Cost: free

 

North of England Refugee Service

Address: 1 Charlotte Square (rear), NE1 4XF

Email: info@refugee.org.uk

Website: refugee.org.uk

Tel: 0191 245 7301

English Classes:

Beginners and all levels:

  • Mondays 10.30am to 12.30pm
  • Thursdays 2pm to 4pm

Advanced level: Wednesdays 1pm to 4pm

Who can attend: adults

No eligibility or commitment required

The Conversation Group – Newcastle

Address: Tuesdays in Newcastle City Centre, 4pm to 5.30pm

SMS/Text Message07448 541787

Email: conversationgroupnewcastle@gmail.com

Facebook: The Conversation Group – Newcastle 

English conversation sessions for informal conversation, English language practice and for sharing information together. Who can attend: adults

How to attend: contact for more information

Cost: free

Riverside Community Health Project 

Address: Carnegie Building, Atkinson Road, Benwell, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE4 8XS

Main Telephone: 0191 226 0754

English language classes Who can attend: adults

How to attend: contact for more information

Cost: free

 


English conversation groups

Organisation What’s available How to use the service
Heaton Baptist Church

Address: Heaton Road , NE6 5HN

English conversation classes

Thursdays 4.30pm to 6.30pm

Who can attend: open to all

Cost: free

NEST

Address: Newcastle University Students’ Union, NE1 8QB

Email: nest.union@newcastle.ac.uk

YouTube Channel: NEST Beyonds Barriers

Telephone: 0191 239 3900

Learn English conversation, speaking, listening and writing. Range of taught classes, English conversation and creative sessions.

Online classes and face to face classes available

Outreach, trips and outings for learners throughout the year.

Childcare: No creche but children can take part in activities.

Who can use the service: all welcome. Children must be accompanied by an adult

How to use the service: watch their videos on YouTube or email to join face to face sessions and activities

Cost: free

Northumbria University

Address:  Room 450, 4th Floor, Northumberland Building, Northumbria University, NE1 8SG

Contact: 07712169328 or 07502222045

English conversation classes

Thursdays 5.30pm to 7.30pm

Who can attend: open to all

Cost: free

Women only English Classes

Organisation What’s available How to use the service
The Angelou Centre

Address: The Angelou Centre, NE4 5NR

Email: admin@angelou-centre.org.uk

Website: angelou-centre.org.uk

Tel: 0191 226 0394

Weekly English conversation café every Wednesday morning.

ESOL classes

Childcare: crèche sometimes available. Ask if it’s available each term.

Who can use the service: women only

Cost: free

English for All UK 

Website: 

Free English lessons online on Zoom

Wednesday 1pm Women only conversation

Who can attend: refugees, asylum seekers and migrants who want to learn English. 

They run a women only session

How to access: Email or message them on Facebook to get the link to online sessions

Cost: free

 

West End Women and Girls Centre

Address: The Stephenson Building, 173 Elswick Road, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE4 6SQ

Telephone: 0191 273 4942

Website: 

8 week English class for women only.

Provided by Gateshead College.

Who can attend: women only

How to attend: contact for more information and to register. You will need to bring with you your identification, passport, visa, proof of any government benefits

When: register 28th April 2022. Course starts May 2022, Thursdays 9.30am to 11.30am

Cost: free

First Step

Address: 435 Westgate Road, NE4 8RN

Tel: 0191 226 1213

English classes for women. Who can attend: women only

How to attend: Contact them for more information about enrolment.

Newcastle International School

Address: Northumberland House, NE1 8ER

Tel: 0191 435 1014

Email: admin@newcastlenis.com

Free support classes

English Conversation Class

English for Work class

Who can attend: contact for more information and eligibility

Women only classes are available

Cost: free

 

 


English sessions outside Newcastle

Organisation What’s available How to use the service
Sunderland City of Sanctuary

Email:chris.howson@sunderland.ac.uk

Tel: 0784 6099 643

Fridays

Beginners: 3:30pm, Interfaith Centre, Sunderland University, Charles St, SR6 0AN

Elementary to Advanced: online session at 4pm

Who can attend: contact for more information

Cost: free

The Buffalo Community Centre Blyth

Address: 55 Regent Street, Blyth, NE24 1LL

Tel: 01670 363 858

Email: jo@buffalocommunitycentre.co.uk

Wednesday, 9:30 to 11:30am Who can attend: contact for more information

Cost: free

Being Woman Ashington

YMCA , North View, Ashington, NE63 9XQ

Tel 07786472333

Email:info@being-woman.org.uk

ESOL classes, Wednesday at 10:00am Who can attend: contact for more information

Cost: free

 

The services listed on this page are provided by organisations independent to the council. We update this information regularly, but opening times and availability can change. Before attending a session we recommend you check it is running and that you’re eligible to receive the service. Some services are only for adults or rough sleepers. Please note there may be a limit to the number of times you can access a service due to high demands in Newcastle. You can read more about InformationNOW’s Terms and Conditions.


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Thank you to Action Language and Newcastle City of Sanctuary for working with us to develop this article.

Last updated: July 8, 2022

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