for adult speakers
of other languages

Registered charity in
England and Wales (no 1175775)

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Volunteers click here

"'s fun - and I've made some good friends!"


English4All in Leeds offers free English lessons to adult speakers of other languages. It is an independent community organisation, and all teachers provide their services free of charge. 

Mission statement

To promote social cohesion through shared learning, socialising and networking

Free classes held every Saturday from 12pm - No need to book. Just turn up!

LCI (next to Out of this World), Central Rd, Leeds, LS1 6DG.

FOLLOWED BY : "Coffee & Conversation" : Every Saturday after class, all students are enouraged to join the volunteers at a local coffee shop. Students are all encourgaed to get to know each other and the volunteers, which helps improve their English skills and confidence whilst they make friends. 

All levels welcome. 

Through this door!

English4All in Leeds: would like to thank -  

Leeds Church Institute

English4All in Leeds (E4A) was founded in October 2016.  It has a team of highly experienced and qualified ESOL teachers, all of whom contribute their time and skills on a voluntary basis, supported by scores of volunteer classroom assistants. In all, over 550 people have applied to vounteer and we've registered over 575 students from 87  nationalities (figures as at  03/02/2019).  It is currently funded  through a comination of independent, private donations and funding awards (see above). E4A rents premises at LCI, on Central Rd, Leeds each week for the purpose of the classes, but LCI has no other connection with E4A.​​

Estimates for 2015 alone show Leeds welcomed over 9,000 working migrants*. The demand for English classes in Leeds outstrips its supply, which is holding some  back in their ability to integrate. E4A provides these lessons and associated social events as part of a drive to improve social cohesion in Leeds.

* July 2016 Local Migration Profile, Migration Yorkshire.


5 January 2019
  • Back to school! Classes start again

16 December 2018
  • Our final Saturday of classes this year - thanks everyone!
  • Held an amazing end-of-year meal at Pizza Express with 50-odd students and volunteers attending
  • Then another crowd - about 50 again - came to Neon Cactus for our end-of-year party, till 2am.

3 Nov 2018
  • 3 new course launched today:
  • Money Matters
  • Job Hunting Skills
  • IELTS Exam Prep
  • ALL courses oversubscribed - we have a waiting list! 

27 Ocober 2018
  • Our 500th student was registered today! Welcome Leena, from Russia.
  • A record 55 students attended today - had to turn students away for the first time!

6 October 2018
  • Our 2nd Birthday today! Thanks to Rob & Beata for hosting our borthday party at their house. Thanks to all students and volunteering for coming. 
  • Some figures from our 2nd year:
  • 150 Free English classes provided (108 in year 1)
  • 52 consecutive weeks without fail (except Xmas break) 
  • 273 students registered (203 in year 1)
  • 2,009 student visits (908 in year 1)

25 September 2018
  • Dr Milada Walkova, one of our volunteer teachers, has kindly agreed to become E4A's Director of Studies.
  • Milada works as an ESOL tutor and Assistant Director of Studies.
  • With a PhD in Linguistics and the prestigious Cambridge DELTA teacher-training qualification (in ESOL), English4All is very lucky and appreciative to have Milada designing its syllabus and teaching materials. 

20 September 2018
  • We received our 500th volunteer application today!

25 August 2018
  • Today we hit our 2,000th student visit!

14 July 2018
  • We registered our 400th student today! Welcome Joao from Portugal. 

4 July 2018
  • We're proud to announce we've been successful with out third funding application: to The People's Postcode Lottery. This funding success will ensure the school's survival into its third year. 

3 March 2018
  • At long last we can finally meet the demand made by so many students for longer classes. From today classes move from 60 minutes to 90 minutes each - thanks to all volunteers and the Wharfedale Foundation for helping this to happen!

24 February 2018
  • Our 300th student is registered
  • Salvador Dias kindly agrees to become E4A Trustee, replacing Harshna. 

3 February 2018
  • All classes start at 12pm for the 1st time, as E4A starts to hire the East View Room at LCI
  • Record attendance at Starbucks after classes this week: 27

6 January 2018
  • E4A is back: classes held every week from 12pm

16 December 2017
  • Our final classes  of 2017 - back again 6 Jan 2018
  • E4A's Christmas meal, held at Pizza Express behind the Corn Exchange. No pics as restaurant too dark but 25 students and volunteers attended: great evening!

8 December 2017
  • The Wharefdale Foundation agrees to support English4All in Leeds - thank you!

24 November 2017
  • Our 300th volunteer application received (excluding Great Get Together weekend applications)

16 November 2017
  • English4All in Leeds becomes a registered charity in England and Wales, no. 1175775

28 October 2017
  • Following a small marketing effort from both students and volunteers, we registered 16 new students today - a daily record for E4A!
  • Special thanks go to Iza, Salva and Ahmed for drumming up new students!

26 October 2017
  • Held our Inaugural Monthly Book Club, run by Carla & Steph. Held @ Waterstones, Albion Street, LS1 5JS.
  • 6 students turned up - great success
  • Roald Dahl's Charlie & The Chocolate Factor was discussed
  • Next meeting: 30th November (same book, to give everyone a chance to read it)

22 October 2017
  • E4A is delighted to announce its first external funding application success, with Leeds Community Foundation's GiveLoveLeeds fund ( )
  • E4A would like to thank LCF for their support. 

8 October 2017
  • It's E4A's 1st Birthday today! Students and volunteers celebrated last night into the early hours. Great night.
  • Numbers from Year 1:
    • 108 Free English classes provided
    • 52 consecutive weeks without fail (except Xmas break)
    • 203 students registered
    • 45 Nationalities
    • 908 student visits
    • 366 Volunteer applications
    • 94% Positive student feedback
  • Here's to Year Two!

7 October 2017
  • Irteza Ishraq is invited onto the GB and has kindly accepted. Outside of academic term time, he will be a huge asset in our funding application team.
  • Welcome to the GB Irteza! 
  • Don't forget tonight: everyone is meeting @ The Social, LS2 8JE from 6pm to mark 1 year of E4A!

19 September 2017
  • E4A launches it's official YouTube channel at 
  • 2 great videos by Kate, one of our volunteers. 

16 September 2017
  • E4A delivered its 100th hour of free ESOL classes today, since we started. Who better to have taught the class than our new Director of Studies, Carla Loss. Thanks go to all other teachers too, past and present: you’ve made this milestone possible. 
  • ·E4A registered its 200th student today.

5 September 2017
  • Tuesday Night Conversation Group's name changed to Tuesday Tipple - every Tuesday from 6pm @ The Social, Merrion St, Leeds, LS2 8JE. 
  • Relaxed social conversation in English over a drink in a quiet bar.
26 August 2017
  • Carla Loss has kindly agreed to become E4A's 1st Director of Studies.
  • Zsofi has kindly agreed to form and manage a Social Media team, to keep up to date our FB, Twitter and other social media platforms, as well as this website. 
22 August 2017
  • Wednesday Night Conversation Group @ The Social moves to Tuesday nights, every week.

29 July 2017
  • Jolanta Ola May Maciag has been unanimously voted by the GB to be invited on to the GB, and Jolanta has kindly agreed. Welcome to the GB, Jolanta! 
  • Jolanta will be the 3rd student representative on the GB, after Leticia and Iza. 
26 July 2017
  • Wednesday Night Conversation Group: 1st meeting tonight 6pm @ The Social bar, Merrion St, Leeds, LS2 8JE
8 July 2017
  • Excluding the 83 volunteers that applied during The Great Get Together weekend in June, we received our 200th new volunteer application today - welcome Melissa to E4A!
24 June 2017
  • E4A welcomes Salvador Dias and Stephanie MacWilliam to its Governing Body.
  • Stephanie will help represent the view of Teachers to the GB.
  • Salvador will continue to help with volunteer coordination on Saturdays, and present his views from this perspective at GB meetings. 

17 June 2017
  • Today E4A helped mark The Great Get Together's weekend, inspired by the late Jo Cox MP. 
  • We held a stall on The Headrow in Leeds city centre, where all our students and volunteers offered home-made food from their own country of origin, free of charge, to the public.
  • There was also free face-painting from Carla, live bluegrass guitar from Friend of E4A busker Richard and volunteer Emily's friend Jack, who DJ'd.
  • 83 new volunteers registered
  • Over £100 raised towards costs of classroom hire.
  • Fantastic day - thanks to everyone who helped out.
10 June 2017
  • Green Doctor - Special free presentation by Simon Kilshaw, Senior Green Doctor Adviser. Groundwork North, East & West Yorkshire.
  • Held in The Seminar Room at 2pm. 
  • Advice of finding a supplier, finding the best deal for you, and other things - presentation especially for ESOL students
20 May 2017
  • Leticia Holden and Izabella Sobieranska unanimously voted by the GB to be invited on to the GB, as our first student representatives and both accepted.
  • Leticia has been coming to the Advanced class at E4A since the 1st class of the year in January and is a regular presence at Coffee & Conversation, after classes each week.
  • Iza joined the E4A Advanced class on 25 February and is also a coffee regular on Saturdays, and has been seen at 5-a-side football on Sundays.
  • Iza & Leticia will help GB make decisions by giving a student's perspective in our discussions. Welcome to the GB Letitica & Iza! 
  • Volunteer & Student social, tonight at Casia Columbiana, 6 Grand Arcade, Leeds LS1 6PG from 8pm
10 May 2017
  • E4A submits its 1st funding application (but keeping it a secret till we know the outcome!)
​12 April 2017 
  • E4A holds its 1st Birthday Club meeting, at Costa's on Briggate.
  • Happy Birthday Toni!
8 April 2017
  • 1st Activities meeting: Serj, Farzana, Natasha, Ying Sing, Harshna and Nick present, to discuss how we can better organise and promote weekly and monthly activities, such as football, Birthday Club, and other events. 
  • A very small gathering of Carla, Zsofi, Nick, Harshna, John O'Dowd & fiancé mark 6 months of E4A at The Social this evening with a few drinks. Very nice.  

1 April 2017
  • E4A expands its classes from 2 to 3 per week: at Beginner, Intermediate & Advanced levels. 
  • E4A registers its 100th student: Gabriel from Romania - likes to be called Gabby. Welcome to E4A Gabby!
  • Robert ("Bob") Young was also unanimously voted on by the GB to be invited on to the GB, and he had previously said he would accept the invitation. Welcome Bob to the GB!
  • Bob will be helping out on the funding applications side of things..
26 March 2017
  • E4A launches its weekly 5-1-side Sunday football from 12pm. At Wellington Bridge St, LS3 1LW (run by another org. Football4All)
25 March 2017
  • Harshna Karsan has kindly agreed to be a volunteer Treasurer for E4A. Welcome Harshna to the GB, we look forward to working with you!

4 March 2017
  • Carla Soares Loss kindly agrees to become Secretary of E4A
  • Appointment reflects the hours and hard work contributed to the project since joining in December. Thank you Carla.
  • Urgently looking for new Treasurer
  • Carla chaired our Inaugural Teachers' meeting in The Varley Room at LCI at 2pm  -  hope to have these regularly. Great ideas and feedback from our team of qualified, volunteer teachers - thank you! 
24 February 2017
  • E4A receives its 100th volunteer application. 

4 February 2017
  • E4A expands its classes from 1 per week to 2 per week: for Lower Intermediate and Upper-Intermediate
  • To accommodate further expansion, E4A also moved premises today to Leeds Church Institute, (LCI), opposite The Corn Exchange, next to a grocery store called Out of This World, on Central Rd in Leeds - LS1 6DG. 
  • E4A held its 1st Induction Session for new volunteers at 2pm in The Varley Room ay LCI: taking ID, referees, application forms and showing a PowerPoint presentation of E4A's aims and ambitions, plus some health & safety. Hope you weren't too bored everyone! 

2 February 2017
  • E4A formally formed a community organisation today called English4All in Leeds
  • E4A today formed a Governing Body (GB) 
  • New Constitution is signed by GB members.
  • Application made to open a Community Bank Account with Barclays Bank. 
31 January 2017
  • E4A hosts its 1st Pub Quiz tonight with Carla Loss, at The Hop, The Dark Arches, Granary Wharf, LS1 4BR from 8pm. 
10 January 2017
  • E4A receives its 50th volunteer applicattion since launching its recruitment campaaign 2 months ago. 

7 January 2017
  • E4A 1st week back after Xmas - our 1st Assessment Day! 9 students all assessed in grammar, vocabulary, reading, listening and speaking.
  • All in 1 hour! 
  • Thanks to all the volunteers that helped pull it off. 

17 December 2016
  • Sore heads  today but great night last night - have a look at our Gallery 

16 December 2016
  • E4A gives its final lesson before breaking up for Xmas - back in 2 weeks.
  • Tonight: Don't forget our first E4A social - we're meeting at 6pm at The Original Oak, in Headingley.

7 November 2016
  • E4A launched its first volunteer recruitment ads, and received its first application today from a young lady called Lily
8 October 2016
  • E4A gave its 1st free ESOL class at 1pm today, in a small room behind Holy Trinity Church, Boar Lane, Leeds.
  • The class will be held every Saturday at 1pm - all levels welcome. 
  • Coffee & Conversation immediately after the class, at the local Caffe Nero. 
  • E4A launched it's website

"English4All in Leeds attracts adult learners from all over the world. You meet interesting people every week!"

Would you like to Volunteer to teach English?
Not a teacher? No problem - you can still take part!
You don't need to be English/British to help!
English4All in Leeds would like to hear from anyone interested in donating a couple of hours a month to help out as a classroom assistant, or doing office administration, student registrations, dealing with enquiries from the website, or helping to market English4All across Leeds. 
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If English is your 2nd language, we'd love to hear from you. Sometimes, people whose first language isn't English make the best English teachers!
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English4All in Leeds is always seeking TEFL-qualified (or similar) teachers to volunteer a couple of hours of their time a month teaching adult speakers of other languages.
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