Blackburn with Darwen - Neighbourhoods and Learning

Talk English - Talk English Volunteer ESOL tutor

Service / Role Overview:

The Talk English project aims to improve the language skills of people with little or no English and give them the confidence to be more involved in the local community

Focusing on the things people need to do in their everyday lives, such as shopping, using public transport and using public services, you will help learners to develop their speaking, listening, reading and writing skills. Talk English also takes place outside the classroom. We take learners to local parks, shopping centres, markets and places of interest so that they can practise their English in a variety of situations.

Volunteering as an ESOL (English for Speakers of Other Languages) teacher is a great opportunity for you to gain experience and develop new skills while making a difference to people’s lives. By volunteering with Talk English you will gain experience of teaching, working as part of a team and working people from different parts of the world. You will also develop your communication, presentation and organisational skills.


Age 19+

Confident speaker of English

E3 or level 1 English/ESOL/literacy qualification



  • Prepare and plan teaching sessions
  • Complete course paperwork (register, individual learning records)
  • Log volunteering hours via an on-line computer system


  • Enthusiasm for learning
  • Patience
  • Punctual and reliable
  • Confident speaker of English

TRAINING: A DBS is required for this role. Volunteers are required to attend a volunteer training course 3 hours a week for 8 weeks. This will prepare volunteers for the delivery of community ESOL courses. Courses take place at Bank Top and Audley Learning Centres on Wednesday morning and Tuesday evening


Age:       19+,  


Must be willing to commit to supporting in class for 3 hours each week for 12-15 weeks


Talk English Courses take place at:

Audley Learning Centre

Bank Top Learning Centre

Bangor Street Community Centre

Bootstrap Entreprises 35 Railway Rd, Blackburn BB1 1EZ.

Various schools and children’s centres across Blackburn and Darwen

Schedule Summary

This activity generally occurs on

  • Monday - Morning, Afternoon, Evening
  • Tuesday - Morning, Afternoon, Evening
  • Wednesday - Morning, Afternoon, Evening
  • Thursday - Morning, Afternoon, Evening
  • Friday - Morning, Afternoon, Evening