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English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL)

There are a number of ways for individuals to learn and develop their English language skills.  This can be done informally, where the focus is on conversational English, such as greeting friends and family, booking an appointment or using public transport.  An alternative approach is to learn English formally where individuals attend courses and upon successful completion, recognised or accredited qualifications in reading, writing, speaking and listening are achieved. Prior to starting a formal course, individuals will need to be assessed to determine which level of study is right for them, to make sure that they are in a class with others of a similar level and ability.  

Usually, you can only attend one formal course at a time, so you can't mix and match education providers.  However, informal classes don't usually have these restrictions, so individuals have the option of attending both formal and informal provision. 

Chorley Council's Informal ESOL Programme

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These sessions are delivered by a Chorley Council Community Integration Officer who is qualified in Teaching English to Speakers of other Languages (TESOL). The sessions run on a weekly basis on a Tuesday from the Hollinshead Centre and learners are streamed into two classes.

10am to 12pm: Beginners

1pm to 3pm: Intermediate

The session content focuses on everyday English, such as booking a doctor's appointment, using public transport and holding basic conversations. 

Example of a meal served at the conversation cafe



Between 12pm and 1pm on a Tuesday, the team deliver a Conversation CafĂ©. In addition to providing a nutritious meal, learners are given short tasks to complete with their peers which provides a further opportunity to enhance English language acquisition. 

You can book on to an informal ESOL class by emailing


Lancashire Adult Learning

Lancashire Adult Learning (LAL) currently offer two accredited ESOL classes from the Hollinshead Centre in Chorley.  One of the classes operates of an evening which allows those individuals who are unavailable during the day to access English language provision.  To register your interest in these classes and to book an assessment, please visit the LAL website.  


Runshaw College

Runshaw Adult College also offer accredited English language courses which are delivered directly from their campus on Euxton Lane in Chorley.  Please check the Runshaw College website for more information.


Preston College

Accredited ESOL courses are available at every level at Preston College, up to and including Level 2. They also have classes to develop English skills for both work and home life alongside preparation to gain citizenship courses.  There are opportunities to enrol onto ESOL courses at regular intervals throughout the year.  Please visit Preston College's website for more information. 



Accredited ESOL classes are being delivered by the WEA on a Saturday from Chorley Library.  You will need to book an assessment via the WEA website before you attend.  

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