Do you want to improve your English language? ICN delivers ESOL classes (English for Speakers of Other Languages) to refugees and asylum seekers in our community.

From accessing work to building relationships with your neighbours, ESOL learning will help you to communicate and settle in your community.

ICN runs ESOL courses from Pre-entry level to Level 1.

The levels are:

  • Entry 1 =  Beginner
  • Entry 2 = Elementary
  • Entry 3 = Pre-intermediate
  • Level 1  = Intermediate

We have classes at various locations. Each course has two 2 hour lessons per week.

Classes at ICN are from 9.15 a.m. to 11.15 a.m. and 11.30 a.m. to 13.30 p.m.

There is a small charge for lessons, but asylum seekers not receiving benefits or financial support can learn for free.

How to enrol in a class:

Come to ICN on Tuesday 7th May 2024, any time from 9:30am – 4.30pm. 

You will be asked to:

  • do a short language assessment
  • register your details and pay for your 6 week course
  • provide identity documents and evidence of benefits/status as an asylum seeker

Women’s classes with creche

ICN also have women’s ESOL classes at Bournemouth Community Church (BH9 2AU) on Mondays and at Citygate Church (BH8 8AS) on Tuesdays. These classes have a creche, allowing women to bring their little ones with them when they come to study.

Women’s ESOL classes are from 12.30-2.00 p.m every Monday and Tuesday during term-time.


Phone ICN on 01202 589395


ICN ESOL Class Term Dates

  • Autumn Term 2023
    01st September to 08th December 2023
  • Half-term
    23rd October to 30th October 2023
  • Christmas Holiday
    11th December 2023 to 05th January 2024
  • Spring Term 2024
    05th January to 09th February 2024
  • Half-term
    12th February to 16th February 2024
  • Spring Term 2024
    19th February to 28th March 2024
  • Easter Holiday
    29th March to 12th April 2024
  • Summer Term
    15th April to the 24th May 2024
  • Half-term
    27th May to the 31st May 2024
  • Summer Term
    03rd June to 12th July 2024
  • Summer Holiday
    From 15th July 2024

Refugees arrive seeking stability in their lives. ICN gives immigration advice and support through our registered service.


Women and families programme

Leaving your friends and family behind can lead to isolation. We’ve created opportunities for women and children to improve their literacy and build a network of friends.


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