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English for Speakers of Other Languages

Do you want to improve your English?

Welcome to English for Speakers of Other Languages. At ACRES you will find:



What is ESOL?

ESOL is for people living in the UK who do not have English as a first language. It provides preparation for further ESOL or mainstream study and/or employment. ESOL can be studied at different levels:



What does it involve?

Students will study either speaking/listening, reading or writing. ESOL is designed to help students with everyday life, work or study. All courses are funded by the UK government and therefore regular attendance and the ability to complete the course are essential.


Are there exams?

There are exams on some of the courses. Please contact the ACRES Office on 01825 769418 to find out more.


Am I eligible for ESOL classes?

ESOL courses are open to all EU adults and non-EU adults providing they meet the eligibility criteria. Please contact the ACRES Office for more details.


What can I do afterwards?

You can continue your English studies at the next level or, for more advanced students, progress to GCSE English. ACRES can also help signpost you to other courses that may be helpful or of interest.


How can I join an ESOL class?

If you are new to ACRES, you will need to be assessed before you join a class to make sure that it's the best class for you. Current students will not need to be assessed, but will need to contact the ACRES Office over the summer to enrol for September. Please note that we need minimum numbers for courses to run.


If you would like to join us or would just like more information, please contact the ACRES Office on 01825 761820.