The Welcoming’s English language classes are free of charge and drop-in i.e. there is no need to book a place – just come along and join in. The only requirement is to register with us. You can do this on our Register┬ápage, or at the Welcoming office.

Our classes are taught by our team of friendly and dedicated English language teachers. All of them are qualified to teach ESOL (English as a Second or Other Language) and many have years of experience teaching English all over the world. Most of them are volunteers, freely giving their time and expertise to help people who are new to Edinburgh.

ESOL teaching at the Welcoming

The focus at The Welcoming is on English for everyday living and we aim to help you develop the skills and confidence to enjoy speaking in English so that you can make the most of the opportunities available to you in Edinburgh and Scotland. We stay open all year round, closing only for the public holidays at Christmas, Easter weekend and May Day.

Everyone is welcome, though very occasionally we have to close the class if there is no more space in the room. Check our Timetable page to have a look at which classes are running at the moment. If you would like to check your level of English, we suggest the following free online English tests: