St Sidwell's Community Centre

Free ESOL Classes

We offer free ESOL (English for Speakers of Other Languages) classes. These informal classes, taught by volunteer teachers, are open to everyone who wants to improve their English, to make new friends and to share their ideas and experiences with other people from around the world. Classes run throughout the school year and are available for all levels from Beginner to Advanced.

For further information please email maria@stsidwells.org.uk

Easter Holidays: Friday 29th March to Friday 12th April. Classes start again on 15th April!

Click here for information on other free ESOL classes in Devon

What our learners and teachers say……..

‘I like the ways the teachers teach, and we can meet new friends, also the class provides me many opportunities to speak English.’

(Exeter student)

‘I like the teachers. They are usually very clear, dynamic and mindful of the different needs.’

(Exeter student)

‘I love this atmosphere, I am very satisfied with the classes. I see how the teachers try to give us as much information as possible. They are great.’

(Exeter student)

‘Positive teachers, interesting stories, meet new people, improve learning skills’

(Exeter student)

‘Both learning and teaching at St. Sidwell’s Community Centre are a great opportunity since they bring people from different backgrounds together and expose them to diverse experiences and ideas.’

(Exeter student and volunteer teaching assistant)

‘St. Sidwell’s Community Centre is about changing horizons, new beginnings and opportunities. Serendipity and diversity are important ingredients.’

(Exeter volunteer teacher)

‘St. Sidwell’s projects respect, love and caring no matter who you are the moment you walk through the door. A home to everyone.’

(Exeter volunteer teacher)

‘It’s always fascinating, and often humbling, to go to Sid’s to teach an Advanced class. People from at least 40 countries have passed through and I’ve learned a huge amount about their lives as well as doing my best to satisfy their curiosity about the UK.’

(Exeter volunteer teacher)

‘I enjoy meeting students from many different countries. The mixture of cultures makes the classes very interesting, we are all learning about each other and the world whilst teaching and learning English.’

(Exeter volunteer teacher)

‘Witnessing the transformative journey of my students as they enhance their language skills is immensely rewarding. The welcoming atmosphere and sense of community at St. Sidwell’s have allowed me to not only share my knowledge but also to encourage personal growth, cultural exchange, and lasting connections that make every moment worthwhile.’

(Exeter volunteer teacher)