Action Language

Contact Action Language – 0191 2113545 (Newcastle) / 0191 5670222 (Sunderland) /

Action Language provides free English courses in Newcastle and Sunderland city centre. Our aim is to provide ESOL classes to refugees, asylum seekers and other migrants unable to access mainstream classes in a supportive environment.

All our free classes are taught by qualified (CELTA or above) volunteer teachers and supported by enthusiastic and motivated volunteer classroom assistants. If you would like to get involved with Action Language as a volunteer in either of these roles visit our volunteer page for more details.

Currently we provide

  • Skills for Life – We deliver this course in Newcastle and Sunderland for learners of all abilities – Complete beginner up to Level 2
  • ESOL for Employability – This intensive 4 week course runs in Newcastle and Sunderland and helps prepare students to gain employment in the UK
  • Skills for Life in the community – to reach isolated communities in Newcastle we deliver a weekly skills for life class in partnership with The Millin Charity in Benwell. This class is for females only and free childcare is provided.

In addition to our free classes we provide professional English courses including IELTS and Cambridge FCE through our Action Language PRO project.

It was the best opportunity for me to come to the English classes and the teacher was very friendly and I am meeting new people. I think that I am improving my English and my normal life. I think it’s very different because before I started coming to the English class I was very frustrated because I don’t have nothing to do at all. Nothing! So when I started coming I started to feel more happy and more smiling, yes. It was a very good improvement

(Skills for Life learner)

Action Language is grateful for the support of

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Erasmus+ Projects

Critical Skills for Life and Work (CSLW) 

Action Foundation is working on this two year Erasmus+ funded project from 2017-2019.  The project aims to design and implement effective training tools for enhancing key skills and competences of (a) highly-skilled refugees and (b) the language teachers who work with them, and so enhance the employability and societal integration of skilled refugees.  The final result will be toolkits for teachers and learners, created in collaboration with our learners and volunteers, and our European partners.  Find out more at



For the past two years, Action Foundation has been working with the Workers’ Educational Association (WEA) and three universities on Linguacuisine, an Erasmus+ project to create an app promoting language learning through cooking. Our language learners have co-designed the website and created recipes in a variety of languages (including English!), which can then be used to aid learning as well as create delicious meals!