Many young people just arriving in London are impressed by how much life costs and the difficulty with the language. It will not be difficult for you to find a school that offers English courses but at the moment you are going to pay for the course you will realize that in one month you will have spent everything you have spent in Spain.
There are more (almost) free courses, let’s discover together what they are!
ESOL: English for Speakers of Other Languages.
This is the magic acronym (ESOL) that will allow you to participate in English courses completely agreed by the state and the European community.
The funds for these courses are intended for those who intend to stay in London for a long period and can not afford to participate in paid courses offered by hundreds of schools in London. Naturally, it is possible to participate in these courses, even if you plan to stay only one year in London. Here is some information about these courses.
Types of free English courses:
These free courses are compared as a quality level with those paid so you do not have to worry about this aspect. The courses usually last a minimum of 3 months to a maximum of 2 years and provide few hours a day in the time bands with more people who work (there are courses in the morning for those who work in the afternoon / evening and courses in the afternoon for those who work in the canonical hours from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.).
At the beginning of the course you will be subject to an admission test in order to be assigned to a class with participants of your same level. The courses are usually frequented by people who know little English (begginer) or people who already know the language but who have to improve the grammar, pronunciation, writing of texts (intermediate). There are also free courses for advanced levels.
Where to find the nearest school:
There is an English Government website that through simple clicks shows you all the schools near where you live.
It will suffice to write in “I WANT TO LEARN ABOUT” the word “ENGLISH” and specify your zip code. You can also write only the city of London (London) but you will have as a result hundreds of schools among which it will be difficult to find the most adapted to you.
Find information about free courses:
To find other information about the free courses you can look directly at the Government website www.direct.gov.uk Another interesting site that offers this type of free course for one year is the South Gate.
Various tips and other information:
The first advice is that of not leaving Spain with the idea that you will not spend a pound to study English. As you can presume these courses are VERY FREQUENT and to enter you will have to enroll in a long waiting list. In addition, unlike paid courses, these courses start at certain periods of the year.
According to I should identify 3-4 schools that look like us (duration of courses, schedules, closeness, etc.) and go where the person to listen to something tell us. It is also advisable to register directly to the courses although they begin within several months, before everything to have greater possibilities of coming calls when the course will begin and also because many times the courses that have already begun “lose their way” the participants themselves, freeing therefore posts for who is in line for the next session!
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