iCaf at Abbey

Abbey Baptist Church, Reading, Abbey Square, Reading RG1 3BE

An English language cafe - iCaf - meets every Wednesday 2.00-3.30 during term time. Come and practise understanding and speaking English in a friendly environment.

Please email us for details. Contact Julia Binney at juliabinney@outlook.com

English language and culture group

St James Woodley, Kingfisher Dr, Woodley, Reading RG5 3LH, UK

Informal and friendly support group to improve English language and better understand U.K. culture.
Thursdays during school term times 11am - 12.30pm at Southlake St James Church in Woodley.
Open to all international members in our local community.
For more details, please email: office@stjameswoodley.org


iCaf (International Café)

Reading Biscuit Factory Unit 1A , Queens’s Walk Reading RG1 7QE

We meet on 1st and 3rd Saturday of every month from 4.30pm - 6.00pm

Our last day at Insomnia cafe is on 1st April. We will then have a break until 20th May when we will be starting up again at Reading Biscuit Factory.

This is NOT a lesson but a relaxed ‘café’ environment where we play games whilst practising English, make new friends and build relationships. There is an opportunity at the end to ask questions / discuss issues of the Christian faith. This is a FREE event with a coffee!


English Classes

Organised by The Gate
The Gate Sindlesham 1 Bearwood Road Sindlesham Wokingham RG41 5BB

Held at The Gate Sindlesham every Wednesday from 1pm – 2:15pm

Learning English – Refugee Support Group

Refugee Support Group, First Floor, RISC, 35-39 London Street, Reading, RG1 4PS

Learning English
Our team of brilliant volunteers help refugees practice and learn English at the Drop In through informal English conversation.

Refugees can practise and improve their English language skills, learn about UK culture, and get help with coursework. This builds their confidence, encourages integration and increases their employability.

For information on English & befriending scheme contact Hadil Tamim at hadil@rrsg.org.uk

English Courses – TELC

The English Language Centre, 6B Church Street Reading Berkshire RG1 2SB
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday

Monday 10:30 – 12:30 Intermediate A2+B1
Tuesday 13:00 – 15:00 Conversation Club
Wednesday 13:00 – 15:00 Conversation Club
Thursday 10:30 – 12:30 Upper Intermediate B2

£2, free classes for asylum seekers and refugees

ESOL Courses

Organised by Reading College
Reading College, Kings Road, Reading, Berkshire, RG1 4HJ

We run many courses during the year, including ESOL (English for Speakers of Other Languages) and EFL (English as a Foreign Language).

If you are not a British citizen or want to extend your visa, we can also help you to prepare for UK Visa Extension and ‘Life in the UK’ exams with our citizenship courses.

English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL)

New Directions College, 330 Northumberland Avenue Whitley Reading Berkshire RG2 8DH

ESOL courses run from September to July. Learners sign up for the whole academic year.

Learners are assessed first so we know what level they are and then we will offer them specific days and times when they can study.

The courses are offered at our main centre in South Reading and also in the community. They are 2.5 hours once a week. They are free to some learners but not all learners. They will have to fulfil the eligibility criteria to get the course free of charge.

Contact Ivana at Ivana.Tasker@reading.gov.uk

ELC English Language Courses

ELC English Language Courses, The Meeting House 2, Church Street Reading Berkshire RG1 2SB

These courses will help you to Improve your Speaking and Pronunciation, Listening and Reading comprehension, Vocabulary and Writing with Confidence.

The course will include relevant parts of the IELTS, Duolingo, Cambridge, or Trinity College examinations, for those students wishing to prepare for and take these exams.

Students from 18 to 80 years old.

Non-EU visa students must follow a 15 hour per week course. Preferably, students should start on a Monday.

Eurospeak Language School

Eurospeak Language School, 29A Chain Street, Reading, Berkshire, RG1 2HX

Our English language courses, Cambridge Exam and IELTS Exam Preparation courses offer our students the opportunity to study, progress and be part of a welcoming and friendly multicultural learning environment.

English courses – WEA

WEA (Workers’ Educational Association),

The WEA has classes for everybody who wants to learn English as an additional language. We have classes from complete beginners (A1/Pre-entry) to advanced (C1/Level 2). We will do all we can to help you get the skills and confidence you need to live and work in the UK.

To find out more about the WEA ESOL programme in Reading:
Contact Joe Carter at jcarter@wea.org.uk or 07585 960847

English Courses at RCLC

Reading Community Learning Centre, 94 London Street Reading RG1 4SJ

A major focus of the Centre is to provide educational opportunities for women who have had little or no education experience. English conversation classes and other classes offered. The entrance to the centre is around the back of the building via Church Street (RG1 2SB) and through the car park GATES.

Contact Shaheen Kausar (for advice, support and outreach): 07923 138 730 rclcinfo@yahoo.co.uk