Why is the ELTC offering free English classes?

Important Update

Due to the Covid-19 pandemic our face-to face free English classes are currently suspended, however we are currently running some free online 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).
  • 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 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).
  • 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:

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

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 our free English classes take place online at the moment.

The classes are taught 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 in order to access the classes.


For more information on how we hold and process your personal data, please see the University's Privacy Notice for prospective, current & former students.