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:

February 2019 to May 2019 Block -
Friday Afternoons
February 2019
Friday February 8th - 2:00pm to 4:00pm Friday February 15th - 2:00pm to 4:00pm Friday February 22nd - 2:00pm to 4:00pm
March 2019
Friday March 1st - 2:00pm to 4:00pm Friday March 8th - 2:00pm to 4:00pm Friday March 15th - 2:00pm to 4:00pm Friday March 22nd - 2:00pm to 4:00pm Friday March 29th - 2:00pm to 4:00pm
April 2019
Friday April 5th - 2:00pm to 4:00pm Friday April 26th - 2:00pm to 4:00pm
May 2019
Friday May 3rd - 2:00pm to 4:00pm Friday May 10th - 2:00pm to 4:00pm Friday May 17th - 2:00pm to 4:00pm Friday May 24th - 2:00pm to 4:00pm Friday May 31st - 2:00pm to 4:00pm
April 2019 to June 2019 Block -
Tuesday Evenings
April 2019
Tuesday April 30th - 5:00pm to 7:00pm
May 2019
Tuesday May 7th - 5:00pm to 7:00pm Tuesday May 14th - 5:00pm to 7:00pm Tuesday May 21st - 5:00pm to 7:00pm Tuesday May 28th - 5:00pm to 7:00pm
June 2019
Tuesday June 4th - 5:00pm to 7:00pm
May 2019 Block 1 -
Wednesday Mornings
May 2019
Wednesday May 1st - 9:30am to 11:30am Wednesday May 8th - 9:30am to 11:30am Wednesday May 15th - 9:30am to 11:30am Wednesday May 22nd - 9:30am to 11:30am Wednesday May 29th - 9:30am to 11:30am
May 2019 Block 2 -
Thursday Evenings
May 2019
Thursday May 2nd - 5:00pm to 7:00pm Thursday May 9th - 5:00pm to 7:00pm Thursday May 16th - 5:00pm to 7:00pm Thursday May 23rd - 5:00pm to 7:00pm Thursday May 30th - 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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