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English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL)

Improving your English can help you get more out of your life here in the UK. It will also help if you want to study, improve your CV, or apply to become a British citizen. Whether you want to get on at work or support your children, we have the right course to meet your needs. Everyone has a personal interview before they are placed in an ESOL class, and we will make sure that your own aims are central to your learning program.

Photo of ESOL studentImproving your English will make it easier to:

  • talk to doctors and teachers
  • understand the laws and customs of the UK
  • do a course and get a qualification
  • help your child or children with homework
  • pass the Life in the UK test and become a British citizen

There are courses at different levels so you'll be able to start at the right level for you. The courses cover:

  • speaking and listening
  • reading and writing
  • vocabulary
  • punctuation and grammar


To discuss your ESOL needs and your eligibility for free courses, make an appointment using the contact details below.

Classes may be free if:

  • you are not working
  • you are looking for work and you need to improve your English
  • you receive a state benefit

English for employment

We now offer intensive English classes for those who are seeking work. Intensive English is a full-time program for 15 hours each week and will help you to improve your English skills rapidly and learn vocabulary that is relevant to the workplace. The course also includes the use of basic IT to support your wider skills development. These courses are free (if you are eligible).

ESOL for families

Family ESOL is intended for mothers, fathers, or those with the key caring responsibility for the child and where English is not the primary language at home.

The program aims to:

  • improve the English language skills of the adults and the children
  • increase the adult's skills in helping the child to learn and achieve
  • support the family's progression into further learning.

All family ESOL classes are free.

English as a Foreign Language (EFL)

These courses are aimed at people who are temporarily residing (eg au pairs) in the UK and/or would like to work towards the internationally recognised Cambridge Certificates in English. All learners are required to take a level assessment before enrolment.

Courses for 2014/15:

  • EFL mixed ability for Cambridge PET and FCE
  • EFL Advanced Cambridge CAE

Check class times and dates

Use course finder to either search for courses available or check the times, dates and locations of courses you’re interested in. You can also read, download or print off course information sheets for more in-depth information about the courses you’re interested in.

2014/15 course directory

The 2014/15 course directory from MACLS is now available. Alternatively, it can be collected from all adult learning centres, Medway Libraries, leisure centres and various community venues.


For more information contact us by telephone: 01634 338400 or by email: enquiries@medway.gov.uk

Write to: Eastgate, Rochester, Kent ME1 1EW