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 is NOT 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.

Important Information The Free English classes are now open for new applications. Please apply using the link at the bottom of this page.

Who can join these free English classes?

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 next free English classes will take place on the following dates:

October 2017
Friday October 6th* Friday October 13th* Friday October 20th*
Thursday October 26th Friday October 27th*
November 2017
Thursday November 2nd Friday November 3rd* Thursday November 9th
Friday November 10th* Thursday November 16th Friday November 17th*
Thursday November 23rd Friday November 24th* Thursday October 30th
December 2017
Friday December 1st* Thursday December 7th Friday December 8th*
Thursday December 14th Friday December 15th* Friday December 22nd*
January 2018
Thursday January 11th Thursday January 18th Thursday January 25th
February 2018
Thursday February 1st Thursday February 8th Thursday February 15th
Thursday February 22nd
March 2018
Thursday March 1st Thursday March 8th

Classes normally take place between 17:00 - 19:00.  Dates marked with a * symbol take place between 13:30-15:30. You will be sent an email confirming the dates and times of your classes - please make sure you check your emails carefully.

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
S3 7LG

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

How can I join these free English classes?

To apply, please click here. After you have applied, we will email you to let you know if a place becomes available.