Where can I find an ESOL course?

Formal Learning - ESOL Courses

ESOL courses develop English skills and provide qualifications in English for speakers of other languages.

The following organisations deliver ESOL courses in Cardiff and the Vale of Glamorgan.


Cardiff and Vale College
Cardiff and Vale College offer a range of study options: from 3, 6, 10 or 16 hours per week.  The courses are run in different locations across Cardiff.

If you would like more information about the College’s ESOL courses:

  • Phone:     029 2025 0250
  • Email:       esol@cavc.ac.uk
  • Visit:         27 The Parade, Cardiff CF24 3AB  (Mon-Fri, 10-4)


Vale of Glamorgan Council

The Vale Learning Centre in Barry offers a range of part-time ESOL courses.. 

If you would like more information about ESOL courses in the Vale:

  • Phone:     01446 736466
  • Email:       vlc@valeofglamorgan.gov.uk
  • Visit:         1st Floor, Barry Library, King Square, Barry CF63 4RW


Addysg Oedolion Cymru | Adult Learning Wales (formerly WEA YMCA College Cymru)

Addysg Oedolion Cymru | Adult Learning Wales offer a range of part-time ESOL courses mainly in the Riverside, Splott and St Mellons areas. 

If you would like more information about ESOL courses with Addysg Oedolion Cymru | Adult Learning Wales:


ACE Cardiff

 ACE Cardiff

ACE (All Communities Engaged) Cardiff was founded in 2006 with the intention of helping people to get back into work. Since then the charity has evolved and now helps many people in Cardiff including children in Butetown and people with dementia.  From July 2016, ACE Cardiff has been running ESOL classes at Butetown Community Centre.

Courses run for 5 weeks on Monday and Wednesday mornings, in Butetown, and classes at Ely Hub on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday.  ACE Cardiff’s classes are aimed at people who have pre-entry level skills and need to build their confidence.

For further information contact ACE Cardiff Ltd 


Space4You Cardiff

Space4u is a comfortable, attractive place in a very big upper part of a church building, previously under used.

People are gathering, becoming loyal friends and spending time together constructively.  Space4u gives priority to anyone in difficulty and especially to persons seeking sanctuary in the UK.  It tries to lessen stress and anxiety by meeting basic needs where possible, providing light refreshments and recreational activities - e.g. table tennis and snooker, clothing and toiletries in emergencies, English teaching on a one to one basis and in small groups, use of computers and sessions particularly suited to children and families. Space4u offers help and information and is often able to signpost people where it cannot meet needs itself. It has good knowledge and a regular legal services clinic as well as links to other organisations and groups in the city.

Space4u is facilitated by volunteers who come from various backgrounds. It is supported by small contributions from faith groups and gifts in kind, as well as secured funding from grants and trusts. Over 100 people now come to Space4u each session. People coming to Space4u represent all faith groups and none, as well as countries and languages from all over the world. Space4U is run by a team of volunteers. We have no paid workers but work closely with other organisations.

Space4u is at Trinity Methodist Church at the Piercefield Place/ Newport Road Junction opposite the Esso garage.  Post Code CF24 1LE

Web: http://www.space4ucardiff.co.uk/


Welsh Refugee Council
The Welsh Refugee Council, in partnership with the University of South Wales, delivers a range of English language classes in a number of locations close to Cardiff city centre. Classes take place each day of the week – to all learner levels. 

In partnership with the University of South Wales, we are running ESOL classes at a variety of levels, Monday- Thursday at our offices.  Most of the classes are drop-in, and spaces are allocated on a first-come, first-serve basis.  All classes are free of charge, and are taught by qualified tutors (with CELTA or higher). 

If you would like more information about ESOL classes delivered at the Welsh Refugee Council, then please:

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Preparation for IELTS

This free course is for people who would like to go to Cardiff Metropolitan University and have English as a second language. Many people with English as a second language need an IELTS score of level 6 to be able to access higher education. This course helps prepare for the exam and focuses on reading, writing, speaking and listening skills.

•             Mondays 1-3pm Adamsdown Resource Centre, Adamsdown

•             Tuesdays 10am-12 noon Severn Road Community Education Centre, Canton

•             Tuesdays 1-3pm Willows Learning Lounge, Willows High School, Tremorfa

To enquire about availability


Informal Learning
There are groups that you can join to practice your English skills. 


Cafe International, Penarth
Cafe International, situated in Penarth, Cardiff, is a vibrant cafe with a difference! It is a great place where international students can meet other people, enjoy free English lessons and learn all about other cultures.  Cafe International offer an informal English language lesson for those who wish, from 7:30 – 8:15pm each Thursday evening each week during the Cafe time. Many appreciate the extra help & support this group provides & we aim to make it light hearted & stress free!

Visit their website for further information http://www.cafeinternational.org.uk/


FAN Groups

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FAN  is a local charity that brings people of all ages together in the spirit of friendship.  If you enjoy meeting others, or are feeling a little lonely, you will be sure of finding a warm welcome. FAN stands for Friends and Neighbours. FAN groups create a sense of community and are a wonderful network.  It’s a great opportunity for local people to meet newcomers.  If you're learning English, FAN can be a good way to improve your skills. 

When and where?  Groups meet weekly in Cardiff, Swansea, Pontypridd, Newport, Ebbw Vale and Bridgend.  

Who?  For men and women of any country and religion (or no religion) to meet in friendship and to talk about our daily lives 

What do we do? We meet for an hour and take turns listening to each other’s stories, experiences and ideas. 

Cost?  There is no charge

To find out more about your nearest FAN Group

Tel: 07880630553

Email:   fanofficer@ymail.com

Web:    http://www.thefancharity.org/

facebook https://www.facebook.com/THEFANCHARITY   


Online Resources
You can find resources online that will help you to learn English. 

The BBC’s adult learning website has a range of online guides and courses.  The courses are free and can help with English, maths and computing skills. 







What can I learn?

  • Speaking and Listening

ELLIS is an online learning course, accessible from City Road Open Access and The Friary centre. Support is available for students on allocated times during Monday – Friday. Courses range from Entry Level 1 – Level 1. All students will obtain a certificate on completion.

Courses are FREE of charge to home stay students. (There is a charge for international students).

For further details or to enrol:

Please come to CAVC 27 The Parade reception desk, where you will be directed to the right area or they will take down your details, to be contacted by the ELLIS support member of staff.


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