ESOL and EFL

English is essential for any job or studies you might want to follow.

If English is not your first language and you need to improve your English-language skills so that you can study or find work, we can help you.

We run many courses during the year, including ESOL (English for Speakers of Other Languages) and EFL (English as a Foreign Language).

If you are not a British citizen or want to extend your visa, we can also help you to prepare for UK Visa Extension and ‘Life in the UK’ exams with our citizenship courses.

Read the course details below, then register your interest to arrange a free assessment of your language abilities and learn more about what course would be right for you. The registration form is hosted on our group site.

There are different levels of ESOL classes so when you apply, you will come for an assessment to check which level class would be the best for you to join. You will study all aspects of the English language, including: speaking and listening, reading and writing, grammar, vocabulary and pronunciation.

Courses are part-time, in the daytime or evening.

Courses are divided into three terms and the cost for each term is £260. This might be lower, or higher, depending on your personal circumstances. Please see our funding page for more details.

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ESOL courses in Reading

These courses will help you gain English skills to prepare you for university or work. Courses are full-time (16 hours per week) or part-time. You will be learning in a class of up to 20 students. You will study general and academic English, including one hour  tutorial:

  • Study all four skills (reading, writing, listening and speaking)
  • Revise and extend your knowledge of English grammar
  • Improve your pronunciation and increase your vocabulary
  • Study with students from all over the world.
  • Activate Learning is not a test centre, but we will help you book your exam at an official centre. Exam costs are not included in this course’s fee. Prices for Cambridge exams can be found on this website: cambridgeenglish.org

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EFL courses courses in Reading

A good IELTS score will help you enter university, Access to HE courses or employment. If you want to prepare for the IELTS exam or improve your score, then this is the course for you! You will attend once per week and learn in a class of up to 20 students. To enrol, you should have an intermediate (or above) level of English, and be aged 16+.

Activate Learning is not a test centre, but we will help you book your exam at an official centre. Exam costs are not included in this course’s fee. Prices for IELTS exams can be found on this website: takeielts.britishcouncil.org

We offer short courses to help you prepare for a Secure English Language Test (SELT) or Graded English Speaking Exam (GESE) that you can take at a Trinity College London test centre. These tests are usually accepted for citizenship applications. Contact us using the form below to learn more!

Preparation for UK Visas, Citizenship and Settlement: Are you looking to become a British citizen? Do you want to extend your UK visa? We can help prepare you for the UK Visa Extension and ‘Life in the UK’ exams. Use the enquiry form below to contact us and learn more!

Why Reading College?

  • Clear routes of progression with qualifications ranging from foundation level to degree level!
  • Industry experienced teaching staff give you the responsibility and independence you need to take charge of your own future.
  • 150+

    courses available

  • 95%

    of our graduates go into work or higher education

  • 65+

    years of teaching experience

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