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English as an additional language (Adults)

There are a range of resources for learning English as an addition language in Newcastle. If you know of other resources or activities available, do let us know.

A range of online resources are being shared in response to Covid-19 and we are sharing these online here. Do get in touch if you know of any others.

Part of Newcastle City Council’s services, NCL provides English for Speakers of Other Languages support and qualifications from beginners to advanced, as well as help looking for work

Newcastle College offers English courses for learners at all levels: general English, IELTS, Cambridge English First, Cambridge English Advanced and Professional English

JET is a registered charity helping people from the BME (Black Minority Ethnic) community, asylum seekers, refugees and New Migrant communities to find work, improve their skills and to integrate with the neighbours and understand their new surroundings. Includes ESOL provision and other training and employment support.

Action Language provides free ESOL courses for refugees, asylum seekers and other migrants unable to access mainstream classes in a supportive environment in Newcastle and Sunderland.

The Language Centre provides English as a Second/Other Language preparation for the English Cambridge Advanced Exam (Level C1), following the British Council’s programme

NE14Languages IH offers international students English language courses and social programmes in Newcastle, as well as teacher training. NE14 Languages IH Newcastle is an EL Gazette Centre of Excellence, a full member of EAQUALS and accredited by the British Council

IPC promotes the economic and social inclusion of refugees, asylum seekers and other minority communities in the North East. We advocate for vulnerable immigrants and provide links to vital services as well as opportunities for education, training and rewarding recreational activities:

  • Employment, education and training
  • English Language Support
  • Cultural Integration
  • Raising Awareness
  • Health and Wellbeing

Newcastle City of Sanctuary has a useful resources page with information about agencies that can offer advice and support to those seeking sanctuary, where to access ESOL, Health Card, EU setttled status and what drop-ins are on in the city. Documents also available in Amharic, Arabic, Farsi and Kurdish Sorani.

North East Solidarity and Teaching (N.E.S.T) is a student-led project at Newcastle University Students Union, managed by Go Volunteer. With over 400 student volunteers, many from international backgrounds, N.E.S.T empowers the refugee and asylum-seeking community through one-to-one English teaching, group English classes, sports, creative arts and trips into the local area.

During the Covd-19 crisis NEST is providing online services. The students live-stream lessons on YouTube, while student volunteers are making wellbeing calls to all registered learners, contacting them to ensure that they have everything they need and understand the restrictions.  The addition of two extra daily ESOL (English for Speakers of Other Languages) classes brought the weekly lesson count to 24. Alongside the ESOL lessons, N.E.S.T has set up six learner services in addition to the wellbeing calls. The services are aimed to mitigate the isolation faced by the forced migration community and include, E Pen-pal Tuition, N.E.S.T Explore videos and translated children’s bed-time stories.

The Angelou Centre is a black-led women’s centre based in the Newcastle offering a range of holistic women only services for Black and Minority Ethnic women across the North East. This includes We offer a wide range of courses, activities and support to help women to update and improve their skills and support them in their journey to work. Our accredited courses range from basic skills, like English, Maths, IT, ESOL, personal development to accredited volunteering and digital learning opportunities. The Angelou Centre advocates participatory learning practices and ensure that multi-lingual women are able to access our courses.

English Unlocked helps learners of English in a more indirect way than the other organisations listed here. Instead of teaching non-Anglophones to speak English, English Unlocked trains local staff to speak in a way that is more easily understandable by people from overseas.  It was founded by Shelley Purchon, a former ESOL teacher who realised that most native English speakers would benefit from learning how to speak slowly and clearly in a way which isn’t patronising. She now provides work place training for organisations throughout the North East.