Skip to main content

Below is a list of local English Language/ESOL (English for speakers of other languages) classes. There is also a number of other courses locally on an ad hoc basis.

Disclaimer: The inclusion of any other organisations in a document or weblink is for signposting purposes only and does not imply any endorsement of them.

ESOL or English language classes in-person

The Arc, Winchester

There are no ESOL courses running at The Arc at the moment. The last course finished in December 2023. We will update with any new courses as soon as we are aware of any.

Days and times: Next course TBC.

Itchen Sixth Form College (course run in Winchester)

There are no ESOL courses running in Winchester at the moment. We will update with any new courses as soon as we are aware of any.

Days and times: Next course TBC.

Peter Symonds College

ESOL courses in the daytime and evenings for Ukrainian speakers ongoing in 2024. 
Days of the week: TBC this course is currently running and we are waiting for more details to be sent to us. Please contact [email protected] for further information.
Time: TBC
The courses will run until the end of term. 
Levels: TBC
Location: PSC Adult & Higher Education Division, Stoney Lane, Weeke, Winchester, Hampshire SO22 6DR
Cost: Free
Contact: Register by emailing [email protected], calling them on 01962 886166 or calling in to the college in-person, whichever is the easiest option. Please provide your name and contact details.

Online classes 

Online Classes for refugees and people seeking sanctuary
Additional online courses

Free online courses for refugees – OpenLearn – Open University

British Council LearnEnglish self access courses 

Babbel для України | Babbel

Additional courses not ESOL 

Itchen Sixth Form College Functional Maths course 

Days of the week: Every Monday, Wednesday and Friday starting 8th January 2024

Time: Please ask at registration.

Level:  This is a functional skills maths course not ESOL. The course is intended for anyone wishing to develop their maths skills.  You will focus on both the underpinning skills as well as the ability to apply maths to different contexts. Improve your knowledge of maths and increase your confidence. This class offers levels from Entry 2 to Level 2, based upon your initial assessment we will decide which the correct level is for you.

You can progress through the levels of Functional Skills from Entry 2, Entry 3, Level 1 and Level 2. Level 2 is the highest level in Functional Skills.

Location: Venue: The Winchester Club, Worthy Lane SO23 7AB

Cost: Free

Contact: Email: [email protected]

English Language Schools 

Local English Language Schools are providing intensive English Language courses for adults alongside summer schools for children. To find out more about what they can offer and the cost of classes please contact them directly as they may be able to provide courses at discounted rates (or occasionally free) for those seeking asylum or refuge in Winchester and the local area. 

Full-immersion English courses, mini-stays, English language summer schools, TESOL courses ( 

Europa School of English – English school in Bournemouth (  


You can use google translate for free 

You can also use the duolingo dictionary for help with translating some words 

Here are some free twinkl language resources for using with children. They are available in lots of different languages 

You can download Say Hi app at the app store for simultaneous translations. 

The Refugee phrasebook, available online for free, has lots of different words/phrases in it in different many languages. They have several different phrasebooks including ones for helping refugees to orientate themselves in a new place, a medical phrasebook, a juridicial (legal) phrasebook, and a phrasebook for helpers. which hosts may find particularly useful.

For new arrivals, the most recent Ukrainian translations of the refugee phrasebook are available here. 

Additional resources

Thousands of free eBooks and audiobooks

In order to provide Ukrainians with a range of free reading, listening, learning and entertainment opportunities, multimedia content provider Odilo  launched a free app for both Android and iOS in early April. Available across Europe, the app includes 3000 e-books and audiobooks in a variety of genres, including 1,700 Ukrainian titles and 500 in English. There is material for both children and adults. Kraal: ‘We hope that everyone – from social workers to host families – will draw the attention of the refugees to this app. To offer them the support, pleasure or comfort of reading, learning and listening in these difficult and uncertain times.”

Links to the app:

Interpretation or translation support

If you need support with interpreting or translating you can contact translators for Ukraine here where you can access a live database of volunteer translators and interpreters.

List of volunteer translators and interpreters (updated live)