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We are working with Winchester City Council and partners to respond to English language class need locally for all sanctuary seekers, including Ukrainians, as demand has rapidly increased. 

Seeking English Language support – If you are a refugee or are supporting a refugee locally in Winchester and they need to access to English language classes, please get in touch by signing up to the form below and we will try to facilitate access locally or introduce you to teachers to add you to a waiting list for when more classes begin shortly.  

Sign up here – English registration form or Ukrainian registration form

Volunteer – If you speak Ukrainian or Russian we can try to put you in touch with a Ukrainian/Russian speaking english language teacher locally. If you are an ESOL/EFL teacher who can volunteer some time for sessions please also get in touch via [email protected]  

Face-to-face classes 

Absolute Beginners for Ukrainians, English Language classes for Ukrainians in and around Winchester with little to no prior experience of English delivered by a fellow Ukrainian 

Days and times: Tuesdays and Fridays, 10am-11.15pm 

Level: Beginners 

Location: Winton Building, University of Winchester, Winchester SO22 4NR  

Cost: free 

Contact: Elena Popova [email protected]  

 

‘Beginners English for All’ course, English Language Classes for all nationalities (including asylum seekers and refugees) 

Days and times: Tuesdays, 1.30-3.00pm (term-time only) 

Level: Beginners 

Location: Weeke Community Centre, Taplings Road, SO22 6HG 

Cost: £2 per class 

Contact: Carol Dale (01962 888547 or 07484266262) or email [email protected] 

 

Intermediate English Language Classes, free English language class for all nationalities (including refugees and asylum seekers), Entry 3/Level 1 English (ESOL)  

Days and times: Wednesdays, 12.00-2.00pm (term-time only) 

Level: Intermediate (Entry 3/Level 1 ESOL) 

Location: West Down Centre, University of Winchester,  SO22 5HT (opposite the hospital) 

Cost: free 

Contact: Carol Dale (01962 888547 or 07484266262) or email [email protected] 

 

Itchen College Intensive ESOL Course, if English is your second language and you would like to improve your spoken and written English then this intensive course is for you! 

Days and times: 6th, 13th, 20th and 27th June, 9.30am-2.30-pm 

Level: Intermediate (Entry 3/Level 1 ESOL) 

Location: Winchester Club: Highfield Lodge, Worthy Lane, Winchester SO23 7AB 

Cost: not specified 

Contact: ltchen College Adult Education on 02380 435636 or email [email protected]  

 

Itchen College Intensive ESOL Course, if English is your second language and you would like to improve your spoken and written English then this beginner’s course is for you! 

Days and times: 9:30 am – 2:30 pm on 4th, 11th, 18th July

Level: Beginner’s

Location: Winchester Club: Highfield Lodge, Worthy Lane, Winchester SO23 7AB 

Cost: not specified 

Contact: ltchen College Adult Education on 02380 435636 or email [email protected]  

 

(Additional) Itchen College Intensive ESOL Course, if English is your second language and you would like to improve your spoken and written English then this beginner’s course is for you! 

Days and times: 9:30 am – 2:30 pm on 5th, 6th, 7th, 8th July

Level: Open to All

Location: Winchester Club: Highfield Lodge, Worthy Lane, Winchester SO23 7AB 

Cost: not specified 

Contact: ltchen College Adult Education on 02380 435636 or email [email protected]

Peter Symonds College

ESOL courses in the daytime and evenings for Ukrainian speakers.
Days and times: TBC
Level: Various different ones
Location: Peter Symonds College, Owens Road, Winchester, Hampshire, SO22 6RX
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.

Unit 12 

FREE English Language class to support Winchester’s communities for whom English is not their first language, including refugees from Ukraine, Afghanistan and elsewhere.
Days and time: Fridays 2-3pm and 3-4pm
Level: Intermediate level.
Location: Unit 12,, Winnall Valley Road,Winchester, SO23 0LD

Online classes 

Ukrainian Conversational English (Absolute Beginners Online), an online course hosted by URSG and a ‘Homes for Ukraine’ host and English academic. 

Days and times: Sundays 1-2.30pm and Wednesdays 12.30-1.30pm  

Level: Beginners 

Location: online via Microsoft Teams 

Cost: not specified 

Contact: Email [email protected] 

 

Ukrainian Conversational English (Advanced Beginners Online), an online course hosted by hosted by URSG and a ‘Homes for Ukraine’ host and English academic.

Days and times: Sundays 3.00-4.00pm and Wednesdays 2.00-3.00pm  

Level: Advanced beginners 

Location: online via Microsoft Teams 

Cost: not specified 

Contact: Email [email protected] 

Additional online courses

Free online courses for refugees – OpenLearn – Open University

British Council LearnEnglish self access courses 

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 (english-naturally.com) 

Europa School of English – English school in Bournemouth (europa-school.co.uk)  

Resources 

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)

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