Volunteering opportunity for Talk English

Swarthmore is starting a new project called Talk English. Some of you might recognise this name as we were involved  a couple of years ago. The project works with people who have a low level of English and who are experiencing isolation from the wider community. We will be providing English classes (English for Speakers of Other Languages – ESOL) and also a range of activities including a conversation class in which people can practice their English in less formal, social  situations. These classes and activities are all run by volunteers and so we are looking to recruit volunteers who would be interested in teaching and supporting these learners.

Volunteer teachers  need to be able to attend a 15 hour training course which will run over 5 weeks in September and October – this will be on a Wednesday 10-1pm starting on 27th September. They will then teach in pairs either at Swarthmore or in a local community venue such as a school and will need to be able to commit to a minimum of 2 hours per week. If you want to volunteer in a support role, known as a Talk English Friend, you will attend a training course of 5 hours and then commit to running either a conversation club once a week or helping out at events on a more flexible basis. Teaching materials are all provided and include lesson plans, schemes of work and resources.

Volunteers need to have a good grasp of English (preferably around Level 2, or GCSE Grade C or above level – you don’t need to have the qualification). You will need to apply and have a DBS check and we will take up references. You will receive ongoing support and training throughout the project. Volunteers that we have worked with previously have progressed into teaching or other employment or have used the teaching hours as their teaching practice alongside a teacher training course. It’s also a great opportunity to gain references for people who have limited work experience previously.

If you are interested please contact for more information. An information sheet for volunteer teachers is available here and the application form is available here.

Please share this information with any friends or learners who you think might also be interested. You will need to complete an application form available here. Similarly, if you know of any centres who might want to host a class then we would be really keen to hear from you at