How you can join an ESOL class

Take an online test

If you want to join an ESOL class, you can take our online assessment. Choose an area of Greater Manchester where you live on the right and complete an application.

We will look at your reading, writing, speaking and listening skills. The test will take 30 minutes- 1 hour depending on your level. New classes start regularly throughout the year.

Greater Manchester ESOL Advice Service has ESOL hubs in these areas:

We don’t currently have an ESOL Hub in Bolton, Wigan or Stockport.  You can still have an assessment if you are happy to study online or outside your local area where we might be able to offer you a course. 

If you’d like to join an ESOL course in your local area, you need to complete a short application. 

ESOL Advice Sessions

If you wish to join an ESOL class but you are not able to complete an online application, you will need to make an appointment to have an assessment in your local area.

Watch the video which explains the assessment at an ESOL Advice session.  We follow the same process in Manchester, Rochdale, Salford, Bury, Tameside, Oldham and Trafford.  You only need ONE assessment for any of the ESOL courses in these areas of Greater Manchester.

A teacher will ask you a few questions about yourself, where and when you can study and may ask you to read and write a little if you can. This will help us decide which class is good for you. You will need 30 minutes to do the assessment. You can bring a friend or a family member with you for support if you wish.

We will contact you by text message when we can offer you a place in an ESOL class.  There are lots of ways to practise English while you are waiting for a place.

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