Free part-time English classes (CELTA)

The ELTC runs part-time and full-time teacher training courses (Cambridge CELTA) throughout the year. The trainees on these courses are preparing to become English language teachers. We need volunteers to join these classes so that our trainee teachers can practise their teaching.

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Our Free English classes are a great way of learning English language in a relaxed environment and volunteers in the past have enjoyed and benefited from these classes.

The Free English classes are not part of a course. If you wish to join these classes, you will do so as a volunteer not a student. Certificates and student cards are not provided. The classes may also be recorded for training purposes

Who can join?

To join our free English classes you must:

  • Be over 18 years old
  • Have an English level between pre-intermediate (IELTS 3.0 - 5.0) and upper-intermediate (IELTS 5.0 - 6.5)
  • Live in the UK and be able to attend face-to-face classes at our building in Sheffield.
  • Be able to attend at least 80% of the classes.

Who are the classes not suitable for?

Unfortunately, our free English classes are NOT suitable for people who:

  • Are under 18 years old
  • Have a beginner level of English (IELTS 3.0 or lower)
  • Have an advanced level of English (IELTS 6.5 or over)
  • Do not live in the UK.
  • Cannot attend regularly

When do classes take place?

Our free classes take place in blocks throughout the year. Each block of classes is taught alongside one of our CELTA teacher training courses. You can sign up to attend more than one block of classes, but you must be able to attend at least 80% of the classes in each block.

Friday Afternoons (1:30pm to 3:30pm BST) - October 8th 2021 to February 4th 2021

2021

Friday October 8th - 1:30pm to 3:30pm

Friday October 15th - 1:30pm to 3:30pm

Friday October 22nd - 1:30pm to 3:30pm

Friday October 29th - 1:30pm to 3:30pm

Friday November 5th - 1:30pm to 3:30pm

Friday November 12th - 1:30pm to 3:30pm

Friday November 19th - 1:30pm to 3:30pm

Friday November 26th - 1:30pm to 3:30pm

Friday December 3rd - 1:30pm to 3:30pm

Friday December 10th - 1:30pm to 3:30pm

Friday December 17th - 1:30pm to 3:30pm

2022

Friday January 14th - 1:30pm to 3:30pm

Friday January 21st - 1:30pm to 3:30pm

Friday January 28th - 1:30pm to 3:30pm

Friday February 4th - 1:30pm to 3:30pm

When do the free classes take place?

Our free classes take place in blocks throughout the year. Each block of classes is taught alongside one of our CELTA teacher training courses. You can sign up to attend more than one block of classes, but you must be able to attend at least 80% of the classes in each block.

Where do these free English classes take place?

All the free English classes take place at:

The English Language Teaching Centre (ELTC)
University of Sheffield
78 Hoyle Street
Sheffield
S3 7LG

Our classrooms are on D floor. For directions to our centre, please click here.

How to join

To sign up for the classes, please click the link below and fill in the application form:

Free English classes application form

After you complete the application form we will place your details on our waiting list. When a place in the free classes becomes available we will send you an e-mail inviting you to begin attending the free classes.

Please be aware that due to demand you may need to wait for a few weeks before a place in the free classes becomes available for you.

If you have any questions about joining the free classes, please contact tefl@sheffield.ac.uk for assistance.

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