Support for English learners

Due to the ongoing situation with coronavirus (Covid 19), Welsh Refugee Council have had to temporarily suspend all our face to face English classes until further notice.

However, we are delighted that we are able to offer classes online through Zoom during this time for asylum seekers and refugees in Cardiff and Swansea. You will need access to Whatsapp.

To ask about joining a class click on the link below to send us an e-mail

Cardiff ESOL
ESOL Swansea

Cardiff Lessons


Monday 10 am – 12


Tuesday 10 am – 12


Wednesday 10 am – 12


Thursday 10 am – 12


Friday 10 am – 12



Swansea lessons


Tuesday 4:30 pm – 6

Thursday 4:30 pm – 6


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: