Learning English in Somerset

Are you looking to learn or improve your English?

There are friendly Conversation Clubs as well as English courses for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) across the county. Many of them are free or very low cost to learners.

CHARIS, Diversity Voice and other Welcome Hubs support refugees, asylum seekers, migrants and other non-English speakers in Bridgwater, Frome, Minehead, Taunton, Watchet, Wells and Yeovil. They offer English classes as well as welfare support and advice.

Chard and Wiveliscombe also welcome refugees and provide informal English classes.

Somerset Diverse Communities run friendly  Conversation Clubs  in Bridgwater, Glastonbury, Taunton and Yeovil, for women and their families who want to learn English and make friends.

The Further Education Colleges provide ESOL Courses for speakers of English as a second language, focusing on speaking and understanding in English, as well as writing and reading. The courses are accredited and offer qualifications in Skills for Life (Entry Level 1, 2 & 3) and Functional Skills in English (Level 1 & 2).

Somerset Skills & Learning CIC (SS&L) run ESOL classes from beginners to an advanced level; through face-to-face courses in towns across Somerset as well as online.

We have recently published a report looking at learner’s needs and English language courses across Somerset is now available. Over 200 people who do not speak English as their first language took part in an online survey. Their responses highlighted opportunities to extend online provision, Conversation Clubs, childcare, transport, and IT support for learners.

Consultation with the tutors in colleges, adult education and community groups providing ESOL (English for Speakers of Other Languages) suggests that learners are well motivated and value opportunities to practice and interact with English speakers. Joining in with other local activities involving the whole family also helps learners settle into their new community.

Recommendations from the consultation include the formation of a Somerset ESOL Network for course providers and tutors to discuss how best to extend provision and improve learners’ experience.

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