Shropshire Council

ESOL (English for speakers of other languages)

There's growing provision for learners of English at all levels in Shropshire, via formal college classes and community-run groups:

Shrewsbury College

Full-time ESOL course for young people aged 16-18 at their London Road campus. Learners can gain qualifications and go on to further study.

Shropshire Supports Refugees

Shropshire Supports Refugees offers free ESOL teaching for all levels of learners. Classes are for adults, and are taught by qualified and experienced English language teachers. Learners can also join a range of informal conversation groups. Classes take place:

  • At the Shropshire Supports Refugees Community Hub, 3-5 Mardol Gardens, Shrewsbury SY1 1PR
  • In Ludlow, Oswestry, Market Drayton and Church Stretton
  • Online

For further information and to register for classes, please contact Ginny Sales, ESOL coordinator, Shropshire Supports Refugees, ginny.sales@shropshiresupportsrefugees.co.uk / 07837 793940

Herefordshire, Ludlow and North Shropshire College

ESOL courses for adults at the Gateway Arts & Education Centre in Shrewsbury and North Shropshire College, Oswestry. Learners can gain qualifications. 

Two open assessment days coming up, the first on 6 September for returning learners at 10:30am, where you can come along, be assessed and placed into the correct class. The second assessment day is on 13 September at 10:30am, this is for new learners to be assessed. All we ask is that the students book places for an assessment.

There is normally a £25 charge for each term, but anyone with refugee status doesn't get charged.

Contact gateway@ctapprenticeships.co.uk for more information.

The new timetable is as follows. Dates for in-term breaks will be given to students when they enrol.

Oswestry College

Day Start date End date Start time Finish time Level Tutor
Friday 23 Sept 2022 24 July 2023 9:30am 11:30am Beginners Julie Howe
Friday 23 Sept 2022 24 July 2023 Midday 2pm Entry 3 Julie Howe
Monday 19 Sept 2022 3 July 2023 5:30pm 7:30pm Entry 2 Julie Howe
Thursday 22 Sept 2022 19 July 2023 9:30am 11:30am ESOL Ukraine Julie Howe

The Gateway Education and Arts Centre

Day Start date End date Start time Finish time Level Tutor
Monday 19 Sept 2022 3 July 2023 1pm 2:30pm Beginners Julie Howe
Thursday 22 Sept 2022 19 July 2023 10am Midday Entry 3 Marina Evstigneeva
Thursday 22 Sept 2022 19 July 2023 12:15pm 1:45pm Reading and discussion Marina Evstigneeva
Tuesday 20 Sept 2022 4 July 2023 10:30am Midday Entry 2 Rose Arol
Tuesday 20 Sept 2022 4 July 2023 10am 11:30am Improvers entry 3 Marina Evstigneeva
Tuesday 20 Sept 2022 4 July 2023 11:45am 1:15pm Beginners Marina Evstigneeva
Wednesday 21 Sept 2022 5 July 2023 10:30am Midday Entry 1 Rose Arol
Wednesday 21 Sept 2022 5 July 2023 1pm 2:30pm Entry 2 Julie Howe
Wednesday 21 Sept 2022 5 July 2023 3pm 4:30pm Pre-entry Marina Evstigneeva
Wednesday 21 Sept 2022 5 July 2023 5pm 6:30pm Level 1 Marina Evstigneeva