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 September we will be offering:

  • First Steps ESOL 1 – for low level learners
  • ESOL for Care Work – for Entry 2/3 learners who are interested in working in the care sector

These courses are free to learners on means tested benefits or low incomes, and to asylum seekers. Because these courses are 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 two open access, volunteer-led groups, which are free and open to anyone at any ESOL level..

  • Discover Manchester – Friday mornings
  • Family ESOL (pre-school children welcome) – Wednesday mornings

If you are interested in joining one of these courses, 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.