ESOL courses in Rochdale

A guide to ESOL courses in Rochdale

To join ESOL courses in Rochdale, you need to do an assessment with the Rochdale ESOL Advice Service.

Watch this video to find out more about an assessment for an ESOL course and then have a look below at the places where you can learn English in Rochdale.

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Tel: 0161 6965472

The WEA are the UK’s largest voluntary sector provider of adult education, helping students to develop their English skills for all aspects of life and work. Courses range from Pre-entry to Level 2, where learners can achieve City and Guilds qualifications in ESOL, maths and English. Their information, advice and guidance service is an important part of all courses to help students find further learning and progression opportunities. The majority of classes are delivered online via Zoom.

Read a story about the WEA making a difference in Rochdale

Visit the WEA website for more information about their courses

Hopwood Hall College

St Mary’s Gate, Rochdale, OL12 6RY

Tel: 0161 643 7560

ESOL provision is delivered at the following venues:

  • Rochdale Campus, St Mary’s Gate, OL12 6RY
  • Wardleworth Women’s Welfare Association, 18 Trafalgar Street, OL16 2EB

Hopwood Hall College offer a range of part-time day and evening classes for adults from Pre-Entry upwards. ESOL provision offers accredited ESOL courses from Entry 1 to Level 2 and non-accredited courses at Pre-Entry level, including partnership work with the Job Centre Plus. The curriculum,which includes partnership work with JobCentre Plus, is structured so that learners can progress in ESOL from Pre-Entry to Level 2 and then move onto mainstream programmes and vocational programmes.

Transferable skills and softer skills such as confidence are seen as just as important as academic and employability skills, and these are developed and nurtured at each level with each learner, so that the best is brought out of everyone. Other key skills such as English, Maths and ICT are embedded into lessons and offered to learners through the opportunity to complete extra qualifications in Functional Skills English, Maths and ICT from Entry 1 to Entry 3.  

In addition, National Careers Service appointments are made available for every learner and a Job Club is a weekly drop-in session open to all. 

Visit Hopwood Hall College website for more information about their courses

Talk English learners on a trip to Manchester Cathedral

Talk English

Talk English courses run in community centres  for Pre-Entry and Entry 1 learners to help them gain confidence in speaking English, as well as to improve reading and writing skills.  Classes are designed to encourage learners to access local services, explore local areas, and get more involved in their local community. There is also the opportunity to go on trips out to places such as art galleries, museums and libraries. The classes provide a friendly environment for people to practise English and meet new people. 

Volunteering opportunities are also available for higher level learners.

Visit their website to find out more about Talk English courses in Rochdale

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