Support for English learners

Due to the ongoing situation with coronavirus (Covid 19), Welsh Refugee Council have had to temporarily suspend all our English classes until further notice. We are hoping to be able to offer some video lessons in the near future and will update our site as soon as we have more information.


However, practising English is very important.


We are delighted that we are able to offer classes online through Zoom during this time:


Monday 10 am – 12




Tuesday 10 am – 12




Wednesday 10 am – 12




Thursday 10am – 12




Friday 10 am – 12




The following links offer some free resources and lessons which may be helpful (please note these links are external and we are not responsible for information contained on them)


British Council courses


British Council online courses



Future Learn courses


Future learn courses are free and start at various times of the year. Information about all their course can be found here:

Future Learn courses are free – but you can pay for the assessments if you wish. Some of the Future Learn courses are below:



Learn English (this link contains all the links to the examples of courses, below)


Discover new work and study opportunities worldwide with a range of online English courses designed to improve your English speaking and writing skills.



 Basic English 1: Elementary Excellent, free course beginning in April 2020

Learn basic English for everyday situations and improve your listening skills with this online course.



Basic English 2: Pre-Intermediate (started but you can join now)

Develop your English for use in different everyday situations and build more confidence in your listening skills.



Exploring English: Language and Culture (available now)

This course for learners of English looks at British culture and examines English in use to help you improve your language skills.



English Pronunciation in a Global World– Excellent, free course beginning in April 2020

In this course you will improve your English pronunciation skills and learn about speaking English in today’s globalised world.


BBC content


BBC Learning English


For Oromo speakers


For Amharic speakers


For Mandarin speakers


For Gujarati speakers


For Marathi speakers


For Punjabi speakers


For Korean speakers



For Telugu speakers


For Thai speakers



For Tigrinya speakers



Learner groups on Facebook



Pronunciation support


Dictionary with pronunciation 


Pronunciation lessons



Phonemic chart 


Regular verbs – ed in past tense


105 Regular Verbs with ED in the Past




Listening practice (Intermediate level) (Advanced level)



Reading practice


Ronaldo wins another Golden Shoe – level 3 (Lower Intermediate Level) (Intermediate Level) (Upper Intermediate Level)







Links for University preparation



An Intermediate Guide to Writing in English for University Study (Just started but you can join now)

University of Reading

Improve your academic English skills further, learning about critical analysis, using sources, avoiding plagiarism and more.



A Beginner’s Guide to Writing in English for University Study

University of Reading

Learn how to use English for study at university or college and develop your writing skills, vocabulary and grammar.



Understanding IELTS: Techniques for English Language Tests

British Council

Improve your English and prepare for tests, such as IELTS reading, writing, speaking and listening, with this free online course. English practice for University



An asylum seeker’s blog / message about Corona Virus


You may also be interested in this blog from an asylum seeker about coronavirus and anxiety.



High level education textbooks in a range of disciplines now free to access:


You can access a number of higher education textbooks online during the coronavirus outbreak. All 700 textbooks currently on Cambridge Core are now available in HTML format until the end of May.

Free on-line access for CUP books: