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A list of establishments in and around Oxford that teach English classes suitable for all levels.

English classes at St Aldates Parish Centre

Open to adults

When: 1 session per week during term-time
Where: St Aldates Parish Centre, 40 Pembroke Street, Oxford, OX1 1BP
Level: Basic and Intermediate Levels (non-accredited)
Contact: English.Classes@staldates.org.uk

Oxfordshire Adult Learning ESOL, Abingdon & Witney College

Open to adults

When: During the day and evenings, 1 – 2 sessions per week
Where: The Union, Collins Street, OX4 1EE, Abingdon and Witney College, Wootton Road, Abingdon, OX14 1GG,
Abingdon and Witney College, Holloway Road, Witney, OX28 6NE, Didcot OX11 8RU
Level: Pre-entry, E1-E2, E2-E3, L1-L2 (accredited and non-accredited)
Contact: Patrick McLaughlin patrick.mclaughlin@abingdon-witney.ac.uk   Abingdon & Witney College

Activate Learning 

Open to adults and young people 16-19

When: During the day – 2 sessions per week
Where: Various locations throughout Oxfordshire
Level: All (accredited and non-accredited)
Contact: Andy Marshall (Director Lifeskills) 
Andrew.marshall@activatelearning.ac.uk 07765972806 Activate Learning


St Ebbe’s Church

Open to adults

When: During the evening – 1 session per week
Where: St. Ebbe’s Church, 2 Roger Bacon Lane, Oxford OX1 1QE
Level: Informal conversation and advanced level courses (non-accredited)
Contact: Joshua Green conversation@stebbes.org.uk St Ebbe’s Church

EMBS Community College

Open to adults

When: During the day, 2 sessions per week
Where: EMBS, First Floor, Crown Buildings, Southam Road, Banbury, Oxon, OX16 2EX and EMBS, Second Floor, 213b Barns Road, Oxford, OX4 3UT
Level: Pre-entry (non-accredited)
Contact: Monica Moldovan monia@embs.org.uk 01865 776041    EMBS Community College

Crisis Oxford

Open to adults who are homeless or at risk of homelessness.  Prepares Crisis members to move on to our more advanced English learning opportunities, and to be able to use other services in this list.

When: During the day, Tuesday to Friday.  Sessions available to Crisis members by appointment.

Where: 40 George St, Oxford OX1 2AQ (remote sessions also available)

Level: Pre-entry, to level 1

Contact: reception.oxford@crisis.org.uk 01865 263900 Crisis

Polish School Oxford

Open to all

At the weekend
Where: St Aloysius’ Catholic School, 143 Woodstock Road, OX2 7PH
Level: Pre-entry, E1- E2 (non-accredited), 1 session per week
Contact: Jolanta Maciefewska 
polskaszkola@interia.eu 07872923432

City of Oxford College

Open to adults

When: Various
Where: City of Oxford College, Oxpens Road, OX1 1SA
Level: All (Accredited and non-accredited)
Contact: Tanya Johnson tanya.johnson@CityOfOxford.ac.uk 01865 550717  City of Oxford College

Ruskin College

Open to adults. Students need to have been resident in the UK for 3 years

When: Various
Where: Ruskin College
Level: We run ESOL at all levels (E1/E2/E3/L1/L2) and offer 2 mornings per week = 6 hours. Employability skills are embedded and students can combine ESOL with Maths and Digital Skills. We offer specialist support to help ESOL learners into employment. 
Contact:  Sally Mercer  email: smercer@ruskin.ac.uk  Ruskin College

Asylum Welcome 

One to one support for asylum seekers and refugees, especially for those unable to attend college classes for whatever reason.

When: Various
Where: Various
Level: Higher and lower levels of ESOL with the opportunity to progress
Contact: office@asylum-welcome.org     Asylum Welcome

Oxfordshire Libraries’ Language Cafes

There are two in Banbury and they are open all summer. They are an informal drop-in for those wishing to practise their English with native speakers and/or share their language skills. They are good for combating social isolation and promoting community integration. They are also helpful to people who cannot commit to ESOL classes because of work schedules.

They are at Banbury main library on Wednesdays and at Woodgreen library on Thursdays, both 11:00 to 13:00. There is also one at the County Library in Oxford City They are supported by a facilitator from Banbury College and are completely free of charge.

Running a new ESOL course, or want to update the details of your courses?

Email pulse@ocva.org.uk or call us on 01865 251946

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