Why is the ELTC offering free English classes?

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.

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 these free English classes?

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 the ELTC.
  • Be able to attend at least 80% of the classes

Who are these free English 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 these free English 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.

Please click the headings below to view the class dates and times in each block:

Autumn 2019 Free Classes - Friday Afternoons
September 2019
Friday September 20th - 2:00pm to 4:00pm Friday September 27th - 2:00pm to 4:00pm
October 2019
Friday October 4th - 2:00pm to 4:00pm Friday October 11th - 2:00pm to 4:00pm Friday October 18th - 2:00pm to 4:00pm Friday October 25th - 2:00pm to 4:00pm
November 2019
Friday November 1st - 2:00pm to 4:00pm Friday November 8th - 2:00pm to 4:00pm Friday November 15th - 2:00pm to 4:00pm Friday November 22nd- 2:00pm to 4:00pm Friday November 29th - 2:00pm to 4:00pm
December 2019
Friday December 6th - 2:00pm to 4:00pm Friday December 13th - 2:00pm to 4:00pm Friday December 20th - 2:00pm to 4:00pm
Winter 2019/20 Free Classes - Thursday Evenings
October 2019
Thursday October 24th - 5:00pm to 7:00pm Thursday October 31st - 5:00pm to 7:00pm
November 2019
Thursday November 7th - 5:00pm to 7:00pm Thursday November 14th - 5:00pm to 7:00pm Thursday November 21st - 5:00pm to 7:00pm Thursday November 28th - 5:00pm to 7:00pm
December 2019
Thursday December 5th - 5:00pm to 7:00pm Thursday December 12th - 5:00pm to 7:00pm Thursday December 19th - 5:00pm to 7:00pm
January 2020
Thursday January 16th - 5:00pm to 7:00pm Thursday January 23rd - 5:00pm to 7:00pm Thursday January 30th - 5:00pm to 7:00pm
February 2020
Thursday February 6th - 5:00pm to 7:00pm Thursday February 13th - 5:00pm to 7:00pm Thursday February 20th - 5:00pm to 7:00pm Thursday February 27th - 5:00pm to 7:00pm
March 2020
Thursday March 5th - 5:00pm to 7:00pm

How can I join these free English classes?

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.

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.


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