ESOL Courses

We generally have several ESOL courses and conversation groups running at St John’s at various levels, in association with the Workers’ Educational Association (WEA).

This April we will be offering First Steps ESOL 3 – for low level learners.

This course is free to learners on means tested benefits or low incomes, and to asylum seekers. Because it is funded by GMCA, there are some restrictions on who can join (usually depending on how long you have been in the UK).

We also have three open access, volunteer-led groups, which are free and open to anyone at any ESOL level..

  • Basic ESOL – Monday 1-2.30pm
  • Discover Manchester – Friday 10-11.30am
  • Family ESOL (pre-school children welcome, please book a place) – Wednesday 10.30-12am

If you are interested in joining one of these courses or groups, please email or call 0161 872 7795. If you do not know what level you are, then we can offer a free assessment.  

The WEA are also offering online courses – go to to find out what is available.

If you would like to practise your English at home, there are useful resources for all levels of study on the ManchesterESOL website.

We are always looking for volunteers to help in our ESOL groups – if you can speak and read English well and would like to help, please contact or