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Learning English

Improve your English with English classes with John

1. Informal English Classes take place at The Hive, 93 Alcester Rd, B13 8DD

every Tuesday at

  • Beginners:

        10:00 – 12.00

  • Intermediate

       13.00 - 15.00

No need to sign up, just turn up. This course is free of charge.



The Birmingham ESOL Hub project is a collaboration between ESOL education providers, within the Birmingham region, to meet the needs of learners.

The main stand of the project is the creation of a user-friendly website, which matches potential ESOL learners with course providers (

Website users can:

  • Complete an online self-assessment and English language test

  • Browse a set of ESOL providers matched with their estimated ESOL level and postcode

  • Select a provider and send a request to register on their ESOL programme

  • Access additional resources and support organisation listings

(if costs are incurred for a course and you are in receipt of Universal Credit, please discuss support from your work coach to make a consideration for payment from DWP flexible support fund).

3. Further free or fee-based courses:

  • BBC Learning English

  • Learn English with the British council

  • English Club

  • FutureLearn

(if you are a medical professional, it is possible to consider this through DWP FSF fund, if you are eligible for the support. Ask your case worker to help you.)

  • Free ESOL courses

  • Everyday English through the Open University

  • ESOL courses through WEA

  • Employability Focused ESOL

English and terminology specific to securing and sustaining employment in different sectors i.e.: cleaning, social care, hospitality, warehousing, construction.

Employability basics:

  • Understand ID and document requirements

  • Carry out basic job-hunting activities

  • Browse and use job search websites

  • Understand basic terminology in job adverts

  • Apply for a job

  • Attend and engage in basic interviews

  • Understand UK workplace etiquette

  • Understand UK basic employment rights

  • Understand UK basic employment health & safety

  • Understand employment related personal finance – i.e.: PAYE, National Insurance and pension scheme contributions.

Ask your JcP Work Coaches to call Standguide’s Referrals Team to book you onto this provision.

English Idioms.

For more information about possible English language courses, please visit the Migrant Advice Portal: West Midlands.

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