Practical Language Skills

The E3 Project

About the project

The E3 project is a free pre-ESOL course designed to help people gain confidence living in London and is funded by the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government. For all the information, visit the e3 website.

The aims of E3

The project aims to teach English to those who have low-level language skills, and offers learners the opportunity to take part in an optional further opportunity to practice their English following completion of the course: gardening, volunteering work, or working on a market stall.

The main aim of the course is to raise people’s confidence, reduce isolation and allow people to make new friends and connections in their area. Thus encouraging them to start gaining skills that will allow them to enter the workforce.

Additionally, learners will receive £25 in ASDA vouchers for completing the course (£10 in the first session and £15 in the final session).

Course information

The course content covers basic functional English, such as going to the doctor, speaking to your child’s teacher or speaking to a landlord, and can be adapted to suit learners’ needs. Learners will get a certificate at the end of the course, but it’s not a qualification.

The course includes free registration with an e-learning module, which learners can access from home or on their smartphones. Our course is mobile, so we can come to a venue of your choosing (we have a small budget for venue hire) or at our office on Holloway Road. 

Each course consists of four 1.5-hour weekly lessons which can be arranged for any day or time (including weekends) which best suits the learners.

Want to get involved?

To find out how you or your organisation can get involved, please contact Amy at the EOU at 0207 697 4102 or

Eligibility Criteria:

  • Aged 18 or over
  • Have right to remain
  • 12+ months in the UK
  • Not in receipt of Jobseekers Allowance (JSA) or on the work scheme

Our Partners

The E3 project is run by a number of partner organisations including the EOU.