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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Covid-19 update

Due to the Covid-19 pandemic our in-person free English classes are currently suspended however we are currently running some online free English 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 are not provided.

The 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.

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)
  • Be able to attend at least 80% of the classes
  • Have a computer with a good internet connection, a microphone and a camera
  • Have a quiet place to study from

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)
  • 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.

Thursday Evenings (5:30pm to 7:30pm) - Oct to Dec
  • 22nd October
  • 29th October
  • 5th November
  • 12th November
  • 19th November
  • 26th November
  • 3rd December
  • 10th December
  • 17th December
Wednesday Evenings (5:30pm to 7:30pm) - Nov to Dec
  • 4th November
  • 11th November
  • 18th November
  • 25th November
  • 2nd December
  • 9th December
  • 16th December
Thursday Afternoons (1:00pm to 3:00pm) - Nov to Dec
  • 19th November
  • 26th November
  • 3rd December
  • 10th December
  • 17th December
Friday Afternoons (1:00pm to 3:00pm) - Nov to Dec
  • 6th November
  • 13th November
  • 20th November
  • 27th November
  • 4th December
  • 11th December
  • 18th December    

Where do these free English classes take place?

All the free English classes take place online at the moment.

We will be using Zoom. A link will be sent to you once you have confirmed you can attend the classes via email. You will need to install Zoom on your computer or laptop. You will also need: a computer with a good internet connection, installed Zoom, a microphone and a camera. You would also need a quiet place to study from.  

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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