Language

It is important to learn English and improve your language skills to become fluent in English if you can. We can provide ways to join a class to learn English or sometimes provide direct teaching to you and your family. Until you can speak English, you may need help with translation and we can often help with this or make you aware of someone who can help.

Learn English

Learning English is essential to settle well into life in Worthing. We run a range of classes and opportunities to help you learn English, and there are other providers too in the town or online who could also help you. We’ve listed them here:

English class in person 

English classes on Wednesdays 1-2.30pm delivered by Worthing 4 Refugees at Maybridge Community Church, 77 The Strand, Worthing, BN12 6DR.  Free for refugees and asylum seekers.  £1.50 for others.  No need to book in advance; just turn up. Starts May 1st 2024.

English class in person 

ESOL class by West Sussex County Council at Maybridge Community Church, 77 The Strand, Worthing, BN12 6DR on Friday mornings. Other classes available elsewhere in West Sussex including online.  Contact the Adult Learning Team at:

www.westsussex.gov.uk/als

Adult.Learning@westsussex.gov.uk

0330 222 4400

In person lessons just for you

Worthing 4 Refugees charity has volunteer trained ESOL teachers who can teach you on your own or with a friend either in your home or in a convenient location (could be a library or coffee shop for example).  Email info@worthing4refugees.org.uk if you would like us to match a teacher with you.

English class in person 

Beginners and intermediate classes delivered by WEA. Worthing library or Heene Community Centre.  Assessment needed, then a 10 week course for your level.  Enrollment required by phone (best) or online:

Call 0300 303 34 64 or book online.

Get ready for ESOL Speaking and Listening Level 1

Get ready for ESOL Speaking and Listening Entry Level 2

English class in person 

ESOL classes delivered by TWIN in Worthing.  Courses are 7 weeks long; to apply email: sussex@twingroup.org

Courses are available at Entry Level 1 – Entry Level 3. Depending on your ESOL assessment, you will be allocated a morning or afternoon class.  For more information, go to Adult Education Outside Greater London (twinemployment.com)

English class in person 

Clifton Community Church, Clifton Road, Worthing, BN11 4DP Mondays.  9.30-11am beginner’s class; 1-2.30pm pre-intermediate class. To book your place please call or text Robert on 07709 245176 or call in at Wing Wah, Clifton Road. Free for refugees; £1.50 for others.

English class in person

Beginner English Classes on Thursdays 10am-12 noon at 1st floor Guildbourne Centre, Worthing, BN11 1LZ.  Free. No need to book – just turn up.  Contact suehaggar20@gmail.com for more information.

English class in person

Lessons held at Quakers Meeting House 34 Mill road BN11 5DR on Mondays 7pm – 9pm. Small groups, refreshments provided. To join, contact warden@worthingquakers.org.uk. Classes currently cost £5 per session, but may become free later.

English classes in person at Brighton

The local college, Northbrook, have accredited ESOL classes at their college in Brighton. (You can easily get a train to Brighton).  You need to complete an online form: ESOL application form (google.com)

If you need help completing the online form, email info@worthing4refugees.org.uk and one of our volunteers will help you.

English classes in person at Worthing college

The local college, Worthing college, have accredited ESOL classes at their college in Broadwater, Worthing.  You need to enrol for September, and be available to study 4 days a week for 9 months.

English class online

WEA 13th May to 12th July 2024 Mondays and Fridays online lessons 10am-12. Course code: Q00014963. Email cramsden@wea.ac.uk or mcrocker@wea.ac.uk for more details.

English class online

Organised by Ukrainian Friends Network: Online class on Tuesdays and Thursdays 7-8pm  with teacher Dan: https://us06web.zoom.us/j/81325110034?pwd=VzJUYWJBNXF2OWFFZnFVbmdrR0FiZz09

Other Online English courses

  • Only for Ukrainians: STEP programme for learning English and finding work for Ukrainians in the UK from World Jewish Relief, the British Council and the UK Government.  Duration: 12 weeks. The aim is to help Ukrainians find meaningful work in the UK (including for those interested in self-employment) and improve their English. The programme is funded by the UK government and is FREE for all participants. Eligibility requirements: Ukrainians over the age of 18 who have arrived in the UK under one of the Ukrainian schemes. You can join the programme if you are unemployed or if you are already employed but hope to move to a more suitable job.  Enrolment is on an ongoing basis and there is no deadline for registration. To register fill in the form below here: https://www.worldjewishrelief.org/stepukraine/ or call the free number 0800 319 6089.  
  • Sam’s School of English are offering free 12 week online English courses.  You need to register online and take a test online: Please fill in this form and take our level test. (google.com)  If you need help completing the online form, email info@worthing4refugees.org.uk and one of our volunteers will help you.
  • The library have launched a new online resource for language learning.  Transparent Language Online is available for free for anyone with a West Sussex library card. With over 110 languages to choose from (including courses for learning English), you can learn at home, in the library, or on the go. Reading, writing, listening, and speaking activities will help you learn the words and phrases needed to communicate effectively in a foreign language.
  • Learn English with Jennifer via Youtube (65 x 5 minute sessions): Lesson 1 – Learn English with Jennifer – Greetings – YouTube

English Practice

Worthing Refugees Cuppa and Chat

An informal weekly meet up for local refugees to interact and share experiences/tips while engaging in communicative activities in English. 2-3pm every Thursday at CREW, 8/9 South Street, Worthing, BN11 3AL.  This will be a great opportunity to meet others and practice chatting in English (even if you are a beginner).

You need to sign up to attend each week which you can do here:  CREW – Climate Resilience Centre Worthing Events | Eventbrite

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