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Improve your English

Find out about ways you can improve your English in the borough of Rochdale. 


Advice Service for speakers of English as an additional language

The English for speakers of other languages (ESOL) Advice Service can help you by:

  • Assessing your current level of English
  • Referring you to the best English courses or other services that meet your needs
  • Working out what you need to improve your English
  • Asking providers to create new courses if you need something that's not currently offered
  • Working in partnership with key English learning providers, including Hopwood Hall College, the Workers’ Educational Association (WEA) and the Talk English Project

Join a course or find out more about the ESOL Advice Service

Talk English Project

The Talk English project is for adults with low levels of English. The aim of the project is to help residents learn English and get involved in the wider community. If you're an adult UK resident, we can help you with:

  • Reading, writing and speaking English.
  • Learning about every day topics to help boost your confidence and increase your independence.
  • Trips and activities giving you the chance to practice your English while doing something exciting and different.

Our classes are FREE and are run by volunteers. We run classes once a week for 2 hours, during term time only.

How to find out more about Talk English classes

Contact us using the details on this page to find out more about these classes. We'll arrange to meet with you to assess your level of English. We'll then direct you to a Talk English class in your local area.

You can call on behalf of someone else, but you must have the person's permission and contact details.

Become a Talk English volunteer

If you're interested in becoming a Talk English volunteer, please contact us for more information. We can discuss your options and invite you to an introductory session to get more information. You'll also receive a training day to prepare you for your role as a Talk English tutor.

Home learning resources for English as an additional language

Here's a range of resources to help support your child with learning English at home.

The British Council

The British Council offerings a whole range of resources to help children aged 2-6 learn English. These resources include courses, apps and a video series.


Lots of free online games, songs, stories and activities for children. For parents, they have articles on supporting children in learning English and videos on using English at home.

Mantra Lingua

Access over 550 books in 38 languages. Each book is read aloud in English and your home language. Each book has a video and a set of activities to help build a child's English language skills.

Collaborative Learning Project

Activities are available from the Collaborative Learning Project to encourage quality talk between adults and children at home.

The Flash Academy

The Flash Academy has online learning packs covering topics from storytelling and literacy to geography and UK culture.


ESOL Advice Service

01706 925103

Phone: Monday-Friday 9am-5pm.

Talk English project

01706 925111

Phone: Monday-Friday 9am-5pm.