ESOL Class Info


English Class at St Chads

Many who call to the Sanctuary do not speak English, and cannot get a place in local colleges, so we teach a number of ESOL classes and have a growing waiting list. It is not an easy task particularly since asylum seekers are so transient; the students one sees at the beginning of the term can be quite different to the those that are there at the end! We run five formal classes (from Pre-entry up to Entry 3), each of which can accommodate up to 12 students, and also a number of drop-in classes and activities.

‘About my English Class’ – one student’s comments

 “I came to this class two months ago. Before that I was unable to say my name or speak about my feelings, but now I think I’m better.  I love my class.  I have friends in this class, one of them is Adam.  I love all of them and I love some people who are not here.  May God bless them.”

English (ESOL) Classes and other support for students of English

We run free English language classes/sessions for asylum seekers and refugees who are unable to secure a full-time college place.  We have the following sessions:

Formal classes

You will need to take an assessment test before you can join one of our formal classes, and may have to go on a waiting list until there is a space available in the relevant class.

ESOL classes: Entry 1, Entry 2 & Entry 3
Thursdays and Fridays, 11.00am – 1.00pm

ESOL classes: Pre-entry 1
Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays, 1.15 – 3.00pm

ESOL classes: Pre-entry 2
Mondays, Thursdays and Fridays, 1.15 – 3.00pm

ESOL: Advanced conversation session
Thursdays, 11.00am – 12.00pm

Drop-in sessions

You don’t need to book or have an assessment for these sessions.

Recreational English
Improve your English in a fun, informal session using games.
Mondays, 11.00am – 1.00pm

BSOL: Bible for Speakers of Other Languages
Thursdays, 1.15 – 2.30pm

Chatter Group (English conversation)
Come and join us for a cup of tea or coffee and a chat. We will be in small groups of 5 or 6, and each group will include 1 or 2 native English speakers.
Thursdays, 2.30 – 3.45pm

Homework Club
A session open to those currently studying at the Sanctuary, and to former Sanctuary students who are now at college, offering support with homework.
Fridays, 2.00 – 3.30pm