Register for classes starting in September!

29th August - 4th September 10:00am - 4:00pm

Our ‘Skills for Life’ classes are closed for summer. If you would like to enrol onto this course please come to The CastleGate from 29th August to register.

Skills for Life

What is Skills for Life? Skills for Life ESOL classes teach students practical and appropriate English to allow them to build their confidence to progress into employment, further study, access basic services and integrate into life in the UK more easily.

Where are the classes held? We have classes in Newcastle and Sunderland city centre. Visit our Contact Us page for more details

What level are the classes? We provide 31 classes a week covering all levels from complete beginner (Pre-Entry) up to Level 2. When you register with us you will be given a short English test so we can put you in the correct class

How many classes do I get a week? Each student receives 4 hours of teaching per week (2 x 2 hour classes). Halfway through each class there is a short refreshment break and tea and coffee is provided.

When are the classes? Classes run Monday to Friday. The earliest your class will start is 9.30am and the latest it will finish is 4.30pm. Your class times will depend on your level.

Who teaches the class? All our classes are taught by qualified volunteer teachers. In each class there will also be volunteer classroom assistants to provide you with additional support.

When can I join the course? We have continuous registration so you can join between September and May. All you need to bring is a form of ID and you will be given a short English test. Registration for Newcastle is every Monday 1.30 pm – 3.30pm.  Registration for Sunderland is every Friday 10:00am – 12:00pm.

How much does it cost? The classes are free for anyone who cannot access classes at other schools or colleges.

How old must I be? All classes are for adults (18 and over)

“I’ve been coming here for three years. I started in Entry 1 (and knew nothing) and have advanced to Level 1. In the community it helps a lot for getting a job and making friends” (Action Language student)

“The teachers are friendly and are available if you need help. Action Language is good for all the services they offer. The classes are well organised and the breaks mean you can talk to the other students” (Action Language student)

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