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English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL)


Would you like to improve your English? CALAT offers courses in English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL).

These courses are for people who are settled in the UK to gain English language skills and work towards nationally recognised qualifications.

Our qualified teachers will help you with your English for everyday life. You will study in a friendly, safe environment, meet new friends, gain confidence and learn employability skills.

We can help you get the most out of living in the UK. Improving your English can help you continue your studies at college or university, improve your job prospects, or move on to a vocational course.

Free courses and financial support

ESOL classes are free for asylum seekers, learners seeking employment and receiving Universal Credit, Jobseeker’s Allowance (JSA), ESA (WRAG) or other means-tested benefits.

ESOL classes are also free for those living in London who earn below £23,302.50 gross per year. If you live outside London, classes are free if you earn less than £20,319 gross per year.

We also offer a substantial discount on our fees for those with household income less than £28,000.

In some cases, we are also able to help with childcare costs. (Learners must research and find their own nursery place)

How to enrol

Call into our Central Croydon (Clock Tower) or Thornton Heath centres for an assessment and enrolment appointment. 

We have the following appointments available:

Croydon Clocktower:

  • ESOL Classes at Croydon Clock Tower are currently full and there will be no additional assessments in April.

    We will have ESOL assessments in July for those who wish to join our ESOL courses in Croydon in September 2024.

Strand House:

  • Monday 18 March – 10 – 12.30pm
  • Monday 15 April – 10 – 12.30pm

New Addington:

  • This will be updated when we have new dates available.

We will need to see your passport or other proof of ID i.e.: National ID card or biometric card (not a driving license). We also require proof of settlement status or asylum application in addition to proof of earnings if you work or evidence of any benefits you receive.

Please also bring a pen.

If you have arrived as an asylum seeker or refugee from Hong Kong or Ukraine, please contact: or for an assessment.