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).

Our courses will start again in September 2022. 

This September we will be offering First Steps ESOL for pre-entry learners, and Get Ready for Entry 1 Speaking and Listening.

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

We will also have our three open access, volunteer-led groups, which are free and open to anyone.

  • ESOL Speaking and Listening (B2/Level 1) – Monday 1-2.30pm
  • Discover Manchester (all levels) – Friday 10-11.30am
  • Family ESOL – all levels (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 come to our Open Day on September 13th 2022. If you can’t come on that day, 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