Listed below is our most up to date information on the wide range of ESOL services across Lewisham, including both formal exam-based courses and free, non exam-based community classes. 

You can also download/print the information below here: ESOL Classes Lewisham-CCL Factsheet

ESOL (English) classes in Lewisham

The list of ESOL classes below are for people of all different levels, from complete beginners at speaking or writing English up to qualifications for British Citizenship. Anyone can apply for ESOL courses – your immigration status does not matter.

Qualifications or informal classes?

Some classes have qualifications. These are at a College or adult education centre and are more formal, with homework and exams.  Classes without exams may have more English conversation. You can do both types of class to improve your English more quickly.

You’ll need to find the right standard for you. With exam classes you need to do a test (assessment) first to find out which level is best for you. For informal classes, you can usually try a class and also talk with the teacher before or after.

Exam based Courses: 

Adult Learning Lewisham

For age 19+ at Brockley Rise, Grove Park and Granville Park in the centre of Lewisham.

Levels from pre-entry to Level 2 plus Trinity preparation. Classes are 5 hours a week, either 2 mornings, 2 afternoons or 2 evenings.

Cost is £150 a term for pre-entry level, £225 a term for accredited courses including exam. You may get reduced or no fees if on certain state benefits.

For more information, contact Stefania Quaresima on 020 8314 7184 and/or visit https://lewisham.gov.uk/myservices/education/adult/find-a-course/english-courses

Adult Learning Lewisham also offers free non-exam Community ESOL courses (COMESOL) up to Entry Level 3. These are online and at local community centres, schools and children’s centres. Some COMESOL courses offer a free creche. They are 4 hours a week for 10 weeks and are stepping stones on to accredited ESOL. For more information, contact Ruhsar Osman on 020 8314 6761

 

Lewisham College, Lewisham Way, SE4 1UT

There are exam and non-exam classes. Most classes are free. Levels from pre-entry to Level 2.  Exams include GCSE, Functional Skills English and Maths and vocational qualifications.

ESOL / ESOL & maths ESOL eveningESOL / ESOL and vocation studies

13 hours per week

various days (3)

9.30-2pm / 2.30pm

6 hours per week

Tuesday & Thursday

6-9pm

13 hours per week

Various days (2)

9.30-2.30pm

There are specialist classes in Pronunciation, Speaking & Listening and Creative Writing on Tuesday evenings and classes in English for people looking for work in accounting; teaching assistant; health and social care; office work.

To apply: https://www.lewisham.ac.uk/courses/esol-english-and-math or attend a regular open event (see website). Courses start September and February.  Assessments and interviews are in June to September (and January for February courses).

Details of finances are at: https://www.lewisham.ac.uk/help-support/fees-and-finance

Community classes (non-exam)

Non-exam classes are free.

ESOL Beginner / Basic Literacy / Pre-entry

  

Level?

  

Other details

MON

9.30am – 11.30am

Pre-entry – level 2

Parkside Community Centre, 1 Copperwood Place, SE10 8FY

Church of the Ascension

Visit on Monday at 9.15am to register

 

11:20am – 12:20pm

Pre-Entry/Entry 1

Zoom

Good Heart Social Club

Register here: https://forms.gle/6QAyp7EcZ9Aokzrb7

1pm – 3pm

Beginners / Entry 1

Torridon Road Library

Helen Nicholas

literacy

 

1-3pm

Beginners – level 3

WG Grace Centre, 1 Lions Close, SE9 4HG

Adult Learning Lewisham

Free. Mixed.

TUES

2.30 -4pm

Beginners/Pre-entry

New Cross Gate Trust (max. 4 students)

New Cross Gate Trust

Come for assessment: Tuesday 4-5pm

Wednesday 5-6pm

WED

3 – 4.30

Beginners/Pre-entry

New Cross Gate Trust (max. 4 students)

New Cross Gate Trust

Come for assessment: Tuesday 4-5pm

Wednesday 5-6pm

THUR

12:30pm – 1:30pm

Pre-Entry/Entry 1

Zoom

Good Heart Social Club

Register here: https://forms.gle/6QAyp7EcZ9Aokzrb7

 

11am – 12.30pm

Beginners/Pre-entry

New Cross Gate Trust (max. 4 students)

New Cross Gate Trust

Come for assessment: Tuesday 4-5pm

Wednesday 5-6pm

 

1:30-3pm during school term time

Pre-entry

The Bear

The Bear

PLEASE CONTACT IAIN@THEBEAR.TV FOR DETAILS.

The class is ideal for parents who have pre-school children as there are plenty of activities in the room to keep them busy while mum or dad learns.

Please just come along on a Friday at 1pm to register, and then join in with our friendly class!

 

 

ESOL Entry 1 / Elementary

  

Level?

  

Other details

MON

1pm – 3pm

Beginners / Entry 1

Torridon Road Library (max. 4 students)

Helen Nicholas

literacy

 

1-3pm

Beginners-Level 3

WG Grace Centre, 1 Lions Close, SE9 4HG

Adult Learning Lewisham

Free. Mixed

TUES

10am – 11am

11.30am – 12.30pm

Entry 1 /2

The Point

The Point Catford

Must register for the first or second class

 

11 – 12:30pm

Entry 1

New Cross Gate Trust (max. 4 students)

New Cross Gate Trust

Come for assessment: Tuesday 4-5pm

Wednesday 5-6pm

WED

1 – 2.30pm

Entry 1

New Cross Gate Trust (max. 4 students)

New Cross Gate Trust

Come for assessment: Tuesday 4-5pm

Wednesday 5-6pm

 

1:30 pm – 2:30 pm

 

Zoom

Together South

Need to be registered before being able to join.
Contact Joshua on
07912 274 858 / Joshua.schneider@groundwork.org.uk

They also offer weekly one-to-one sessions

THUR

10am-12noon

 

Telegraph Hill Centre

Ângelo Tiago Barros

To book a place call
020 76390214 or email office@thcentre.com

FRI

10am – 11am

11.30am – 12.30pm

Entry 1 / 2

The Point

The Point Catford

Class twice weekly – Tuesdays and Fridays

11am-1pm

Entry 1

Here for Good

Rosa Tomkinson

rosacar30y@yahoo.com

1:30-3pm during school term time

Entry 1/2

The Bear

The Bear

PLEASE CONTACT IAIN@THEBEAR.TV FOR DETAILS.

The class is ideal for parents who have pre-school children as there are plenty of activities in the room to keep them busy while mum or dad learns.

Please just come along on a Friday at 1pm to register, and then join in with our friendly class!

 

 

ESOL Entry 2 / Pre-intermediate

Day

What Time?

What Level?

Where?

Who? School/Teacher

Other details

MON

1-3pm

Beginner-level 3

WG Grace Centre, 1 Lions Close, SE9 4HG

Adult Learning Lewisham

Free. Mixed

TUES

10am – 11am

11.30am – 12.30pm

Entry 1 /2

The Point

The Point Catford

Choose either 10am or 11.30 class. Prefer students to attend twice a week, Tue and Fri.

12:30 – 2pm

Entry 2

New Cross Gate Trust (max. 4 students)

New Cross Gate Trust

Come for assessment: Tuesday 4-5pm

Wednesday 5-6pm

WED

11am – 12:30pm

Entry 2

New Cross Gate Trust (max. 4 students)

New Cross Gate Trust

Come for assessment: Tuesday 4-5pm

Wednesday 5-6pm

THUR

10am – 12noon

Entry 2 / Entry 3

Torridon Road Library (max. 4 students)

Helen Nicholas

reading and writing

 

10am-12noon

 

Telegraph Hill Centre

Ângelo Tiago Barros

To book a place call
020 76390214 or email office@thcentre.com

FRI

10am – 11am

11.30 – 12.30

Entry 1 /2

The Point

The Point Catford

Choose either 10am or 11.30 class. Prefer students to attend twice a week, Tue and Fri.

1:30-3pm during school term time

Entry 1/2

The Bear

The Bear

PLEASE CONTACT IAIN@THEBEAR.TV FOR DETAILS.

The class is ideal for parents who have pre-school children as there are plenty of activities in the room to keep them busy while mum or dad learns.

Please just come along on a Friday at 1pm to register, and then join in with our friendly class!

 

10am-12noon

Entry 2 / Entry 3

Torridon Road Library (max. 4 students)

Helen Nicholas

Conversation

The Library isn’t always open on Friday, so if wish to attend the class and you find the front door is closed. Go to the left hand side of the building to the black gate. Ring the bell and someone will open for you. Helen Nicholas 07876340793

 

ESOL Entry 3 / Level 1 / Intermediate

Day

What Time?

What Level?

Where?

Who? School/Teacher

Other details

MON

10am – 11am

Entry 3 / Level 1

Zoom

Good Heart Social Club

Register here: https://forms.gle/6QAyp7EcZ9Aokzrb7

1-3pm

Beginner-Level 3

WG Grace Centre, 1 Lions Close, SE9 4HG

Adult Learning Lewisham

Free. Mixed.

3pm – 4pm

Entry 3

 

New Cross Gate Trust

 

TUES

6pm -7:30pm

Entry 3 / Level 1

New Cross Gate Trust (max. 4 students)

New Cross Gate Trust

Come for assessment: Tue 4pm / Wed 5pm

WED

10:30am – 11:30am

Entry 3 / Level 1

Zoom

Good Heart Social Club

Register here: https://forms.gle/6QAyp7EcZ9Aokzrb7

6pm -7:30pm

Entry 3 / Level 1

New Cross Gate Trust (max. 4 students)

New Cross Gate Trust

Come for assessment: Tue 4pm / Wed 5pm

 

11am-12non

 

Zoom

Together South

Need to be registered before being able to join.
Contact Joshua on
07912 274 858 / Joshua.schneider@groundwork.org.uk

They also offer weekly one-to-one sessions

THURS

10am-12noon

Entry 2 / Entry 3

Torridon Road Library (max. 4 students)

Helen Nicholas

Reading and writing

 

10am-12noon

 

Telegraph Hill Centre

Ângelo Tiago Barros

To book a place call
020 76390214 or email office@thcentre.com

FRI

1:30-3pm during school term time

Entry 3

The Bear

The Bear

PLEASE CONTACT IAIN@THEBEAR.TV FOR DETAILS.

The class is ideal for parents who have pre-school children as there are plenty of activities in the room to keep them busy while mum or dad learns.

Please just come along on a Friday at 1pm to register, and then join in with our friendly class!

 

10am-12noon

Entry 2 / Entry 3

Helen Nicholas

Helen Nicholas

Conversation

The Library isn’t always open on Friday, so if wish to attend the class and you find the front door is closed. Go to the left hand side of the building to the black gate. Ring the bell and someone will open for you. Helen Nicholas 07876340793

English Conversation Social Club

Day

What Time?

What Level?

Where?

Who? School/Teacher

Other details

MON

2:30 – 3:30pm

Mixed Level

Zoom

Good Heart Social Club

Register here: https://forms.gle/6QAyp7EcZ9Aokzrb7

TUES

7.30-9pm

Pre-intermediate/conversation

Catford Mews, 32 Winslade Way, SE6 4JU

New Life Church

admin@newlifechurchcatford.org

meetup.com/international-cafe/events

0795 844 1905

THURS

10am – 12pm

Entry 2 / Entry 3

Torridon Road Library (max. 4 students)

Helen Nicholas

TBC

 

10am-12noon

Beginner / intermediate

Telegraph Hill Centre

Ângelo Tiago Barros

To book a place call
020 76390214 or email office@thcentre.com

Friday

5pm – 6pm

Afternoon

Mixed Level

Mixed level

Zoom

Walk and Talk in Lewisham parks. Practise English conversation, get fit and improve mental health. 

Good Heart Social Club

Good Heart Social Club

Register here: https://forms.gle/NDdwanehuN2pc8oDA