The English Language is one of the biggest draws for people coming to Oasis Cardiff. With an excellent team of volunteers and paid staff, we provide free drop-in English language classes every day (Monday – Friday, 10:30am to 12:30pm) for refugees and asylum seekers.

Our classes are designed to be open and welcoming to all learners no matter their ability. Students love being in the classes and we design the lessons to be applicable to everyday life, such as shopping for food, housing, hospital and doctor appointments etc.

We have students from all around the world, including Eritrea, China, Syria, Georgia, Sudan, and many more.

As each day a different volunteer teaches English, helped by a teaching assistant, the classes are always interesting as everyone has a different style! For example, one of our volunteers, Cath Little, who is a local storyteller and author, teaches English through stories. This helps give students the confidence to use their new language skills.

All of our volunteer teachers come from teaching backgrounds and/or have studied for a CELTA / TEFL.

We have a fully equipped classroom with a projector, computer, and whiteboard for teachers to use.

Oasis Cardiff is currently partnered with Adult Learning Wales and REACH Cardiff and runs Entry 1 classes additionally. These classes are taught by a dedicated teacher and are adapted to the needs of students.

Oasis Cardiff also has an IELTS class which is taught on a voluntary basis. This IELTS preparation class is designed to help refugees and asylum seekers gain the IELTS qualification to enable them to enter further education, study for a Masters or to re-train.

Oasis Cardiff provides the only free IELTS (International English language testing system), preparation classes, for asylum seekers in Cardiff. Refugees can also access these classes.

In order to gain access to university or practice your profession in the UK (doctors, nurses, etc.) you must achieve a certain IELTS score which represents your level of English. Often the cost of a course to study for the IELTS exam is a barrier. Oasis Cardiff recognised the need of this client group and set up three IELTS preparation classes alongside working in partnership with the charity, RefuAid, who help fund the cost of the IELTS exam.

Oasis Cardiff also holds 'drop-in' ESOL classes at Oasis Cardiff. These classes are mixed ability with no need for prior registration. Classes are taught by teaching volunteers alongside teaching assistants and are geared towards newly arrived asylum seekers and for those who need it.
We run a rolling scheme of work organised to assist asylum seekers and refugees with every-day living, with topics such as transport, emergency services, telling the time, etc. These classes are important as often clients will attend these classes until they feel confident to enquire about studying an accredited course. Additionally, these classes provide a good example of the education system in the UK, such as the importance of timekeeping and classes being of mixed-sex.

Different projects related to education are also run at Oasis Cardiff, such as the Read Aloud project run in partnership with Cardiff Library. Previous projects have included courses run by Adult Learning Wales and securing funding for the tutoring of a blind student for the IELTS exam.

Oasis Cardiff assists clients to book an assessment with REACH in order to join accredited ESOL classes.  The teachers at Oasis Cardiff additionally provide guidance in terms of education pathways and potential careers.

If you would like to volunteer to teach ESOL or help out in the classroom as a teaching assistant, please visit our Volunteer Roles page to find out if we have any roles available.