English for Speakers of Other Languages

Do you want to learn English? Do you work with or know someone whose first language isn't English?

Please contact us on 01595 743888 or email classes@shetland.gov.uk to join a class.

Due to the Coronavirus pandemic, classes are taking place ONLINE using Zoom until we can resume face-to-face contact.

The following classes are now available via ZOOM.  Please contact us if you would like to join a class:

Beginners ESOL with Maria: Monday evenings, 7pm to 8.30pm
This class is for learners with no English. Your confidence in English will be built, by improving your speaking, listening, reading and writing skills. The classes will concentrate on developing language skills to help you with social interactions and everyday conversations such as health, travel, shopping and getting involved in the local community.

Elementary ESOL with Maria: Tuesday evenings, 7pm to 8.30pm
This class is for learners with basic English who want to improve. We will help you to build the basic language skills you need to communicate in spoken and written English. You will learn about English grammar, vocabulary and pronunciation. The aim of the class is enable you to feel more comfortable with English language in your daily life in Shetland, breaking down the language barrier.

ESOL Conversation with Maria: Wednesday evenings, 7pm to 8.30pm
Do you want to improve your fluency in English in a safe, comfortable environment? This class is for you. At ESOL Conversation we focus on fluency, building your confidence in speaking about a wide variety of topics that affect us all, both locally and globally. Speaking and communication are the priorities, be prepared to participate! This class is not just about language, it’s about making connections and feeling freer to express yourself in your life here.

Intermediate ESOL with Maria: Thursday evenings, 7pm to 8.30pm
This class helps to build on your existing skills and learn more about key language for communicating effectively in spoken and written English, English grammar, vocabulary and pronunciation. Apart from these core skills, we also include language for employability, study and for living a fulfilling life here in Shetland.

Not sure how to use Zoom? We can help!
Email classes@shetland.gov.uk or phone us on 01595 743888 
Or have a look at this link, which shows you how to join a ZOOM meeting:  

  • The Scotish Goverment
  • Shetland Island Council
  • Learn Direct Scotland