Adult Learning


Conversation groups are back!. Our other Community Family Learning courses are coming late Autumn.

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Community and Family Learning

Do you want to learn something new? Do you want to improve your basic skills, perhaps to help you get a new job or to help your child with their homework? 

Our online courses are designed to help you with basic skills, develop your interests and build confidence. You will be able to work flexibly at your own pace and at a time that suits you. 

For most of our courses you will only need to have very basic Internet skills e.g. you are able to search for something on the Internet on your mobile phone.  

We understand that starting something new might be a little scary and you may be especially nervous if you have not tried online learning before but the great thing is that you will be supported all the way by our friendly learning team. 

See below for more details.  

Learners New to ESOL 

This course is for you if you are only just starting to learn English. 

The course will: 

  • Help you to improve your speaking and listening skills using simple English words and sentences. 
  • Give you the confidence to try short conversations in English 
  • Help you to start to read and write by recognising letters and numbers 
  • Prepare you for future learning 

Estimated time 10 – 15 hours 

We have new courses starting very soon please keep checking our website and social media or sign up to receive the Council’s Stay Connected newsletter. 

Nottingham City residents who meet the following criteria are entitled to our course free of charge if they:

  • Are 19+
  • Are unemployed and in receipt of benefits
  • Are job seeking or working and earning below £25,000 annual gross salary
  • Have lived in the UK or an EU country continuously for the last three years on the first day of their intended course

Learners who haven’t lived in the UK or EU for the required three years are eligible if they meet the selected criteria.  This criteria is set by the Education and Skills Funding Agency (ESFA).

As all our courses are online you will need access to the Internet. You can do any of our courses on your own laptop, tablet or smartphone at home or you can book computer at your local library.

To register and book onto any of these courses you will need to enrol on our eLearning platform. You will need your library card number and password to access the courses.

If you are ready to sign up to our courses, please fill out our signup form.

Not a member of the library? It’s free to join and you can either join online or by visiting one of our reopened libraries or you can apply online. Applying online for a library card is quick and easy, we’ll email your library card within one working day so you can start using our free online services straight away.

What’s my password? Your password will be the pin number you set up when you first joined the library.

Forgotten your password? If you have a card, but have forgotten your pin you can request a new pin.

Lost your library card? Please email with your name, address and date of birth and we’ll check our records and email you a new card.

For more information email and let us know your name, phone number and the course you are interested in and we will get in touch with you.

Conversation groups

Conversation Groups

Do you speak English as a second language? Want to practise and learn more English in a supportive group? Then our conversation groups could be for you.

Through discussions, exchanging ideas and taking part in group activities, we will help you to become more confident in speaking English. The group is suitable for adults with Intermediate English language level or above.

All the sessions are free and online using Zoom

To take part you will need to use a computer, laptop, tablet or smartphone and have a good internet connection.

Sessions take place:

  • Mondays:  10am – 11am & 2pm – 3pm
  • Wednesdays:  10am – 11am & 2pm – 3pm
  • Thursdays: 5pm – 6pm
  • Fridays: 10am – 11am

To express interest in sessions please contact:

To find out more, click the button below.

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