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:

September 2018 to December 2018 Block
- Friday Afternoons
September 2018
Friday 21st - 1:30pm to 3:30pm Friday 28th - 1:30pm to 3:30pm
October 2018
Friday 5th - 1:30pm to 3:30pm Friday 12th - 1:30pm to 3:30pm Friday 19th - 1:30pm to 3:30pm Friday 26th - 1:30pm to 3:30pm
November 2018
Friday 2nd - 1:30pm to 3:30pm Friday 9th - 1:30pm to 3:30pm Friday 16th - 1:30pm to 3:30pm Friday 23rd - 1:30pm to 3:30pm Friday 30th - 1:30pm to 3:30pm
December 2018
Friday 7th - 1:30pm to 3:30pm Friday 14th - 1:30pm to 3:30pm Friday 21st - 1:30pm to 3:30pm
October 2018 to February 2019 Block -
Thursday Evenings
October 2018
Thursday October 18th - 5:00pm to 7:00pm Thursday October 25th - 5:00pm to 7:00pm
November 2018
Thursday November 1st - 5:00pm to 7:00pm Thursday November 8th - 5:00pm to 7:00pm Thursday November 15th - 5:00pm to 7:00pm Thursday November 22nd - 5:00pm to 7:00pm Thursday November 29th - 5:00pm to 7:00pm
December 2018
Thursday December 6th - 5:00pm to 7:00pm Thursday December 13th - 5:00pm to 7:00pm
January 2018
Thursday January 10th - 5:00pm to 7:00pm Thursday January 17th - 5:00pm to 7:00pm Thursday January 24th - 5:00pm to 7:00pm Thursday January 31st - 5:00pm to 7:00pm
February 2018
Thursday February 7th - 5:00pm to 7:00pm Thursday February 14th - 5:00pm to 7:00pm Thursday February 21st - 5:00pm to 7:00pm Thursday February 28th - 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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