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English Classes (ESL)

Anglicare works in partnership with Churches to run nearly 100 classes in the Sydney Diocese which use ESL ministry as a part of their community outreach. We equip and train them to reach out to migrants and refugees with varying levels of English. ESL ministry is a practical way to assist those needing to learn English and adjust to a new culture. Through this ministry Church members can demonstrate Christian care, acceptance and friendship.

Anglicare’s support includes training in ESL teaching methods; using the Bible; the practicalities of setting up classes; writing ESL resources; advertising and promotion.

Volunteer, professional writers update and produce new resources each year. These resources are written specifically for teaching ESL in a Church context, and are being used in Australia and overseas. Hard copy, some PDF downloads and some MP3 versions can be purchased online. 

We also provide:

  • two teacher training days a year
  • ongoing support for all trainees
  • ongoing support from Regional ESL Coordinators
  • a well resourced ESL Library available to all teachers
  • ESL resources written specifically to teach ESL in a Church context available for purchase 

​​ESL Training

Anglicare runs two ESL training days per year in January and July for all those involved in ESL Ministry in churches.  ​

Regional Basic ESL training runs at various times throughout the year. Please contact the appropriate region representative:

​​To view upcoming ESL Training events, please visit the events section.

ESL Resources

Anglicare also regularly publishes and updates ESL teaching material written specifically for ministry purposes. For an overview of all material to date please check our ESL Resource List.

You can purchase any of these resources in a number of ways:

ESL Class Locations

We have around 100 classes throughout Sydney and the Illawarra listed with Anglicare.

From time to time we have new classes starting and class details changing. Please check our Class List for details about our classes.