English – ESOL

ESOL (English for Speakers of Other Languages)

Do you want to improve your English to help you live in the UK?

If English is not your first language and you wish to improve your confidence in reading, writing and speaking & listening to help with communication at home or work, EMBS can help.

We offer courses in Speaking and Listening, Reading and Writing from New to ESOL to Level 2. The course you will be offered will depend on your previous qualifications and an initial assessment.

We will help you develop the reading, writing, speaking and listening skills you need to live, study and work in the UK. Our classes are small, friendly and fun, run by supportive and experienced tutors. Being in EMBS Sixth form is a fantastic way to develop your English skills as you will be using English all day and make many English friends.

Our entry level English classes help students learn the English they need to communicate and carry out every day interactions in Oxford and Banbury, like buying bus tickets and attending doctors’ appointments. At higher levels, students learn to write to a high standard and communicate fluently, for example in writing formal letters and participating in job interviews.

We supplement time in the classroom with visits to museums, shops, the library and charity organisations. We explore topics like caring for the environment, British culture, government, social media and volunteering to help you integrate fully into life in Oxford and Banbury.

You will work towards English Functional Skills qualifications, which are recognised by employers and helpful in accessing future education opportunities or employment in the UK. We deliver all levels of Functional skills qualifications from Entry 1 to Level 2 and students sit exams in Reading, Writing, Speaking and Listening.

Templar Square Cowley Centre
2-3 Bank Court Chambers

Crown Buildings
First Floor
Southern Road
OX16 2EX
1 year

Students can join
after September

Interested? Want to learn more?

If you're interested in signing up or just want some more information, fill in our form below and someone from EMBS will be in touch with more details.


    «...I not only consider EMBS a college - I also see it as my family.... »

    «I arrived in this country four months ago, without any confidence in my English and really scared to be an independent person at sixteen. I didn't know what my next steps were since the education in my country is really different. One day, my aunt bought me to EMBS. At the beginning I was really insecure as I didn't even know how to use the bus and get there, it made me feel like a child surrounded by grown up people that didn’t understand me at all. Ever since I started to study here, everything negative that I used to feel has changed completely. I’ve got to meet amazing people like Jo and Jane, who took care of me and were concerned about my future. I’ve also got to make amazing friends like Aisha and Abner that always make me laugh and feel positive about life. Of course, this is not the only thing that the EMBS has given me: they also are deeply involved in my education and they help me in any way possible to achieve my purpose, which is go to university and study human rights. If I am being honest, I not only consider EMBS a college - I also see it as my family. »


    «...I really enjoyed my time at EMBS, meeting so many different people and making lots of fun and happy memories.... »

    «Before I came to EMBS I was very shy and often felt very awkward to start conversations with people around me, I never spoke unless I was spoken to but after a few months of being here I gained confidence and was able to communicate with other people comfortably, made good friends and feel like I knew myself. I really enjoyed my time at EMBS, meeting so many different people and making lots of fun and happy memories.»


    «...The staff are really nice and friendly.... »

    «Before I came to EMBS I was very shy and not confident, I used to be very afraid to speak English outside of college. But after several months, EMBS helped me to gain more confidence and especially improve my spoken and written English. The staff are really nice and friendly.»