Our Vision

To reduce isolation and remove language barriers for women who speak little or no English, by providing a safe environment in which to learn, make friends and feel part of the community.

Our values

  • Connection – reducing isolation through a warm welcome crossing all cultures
  • Communication – language classes to help learners find their voice and gain confidence
  • Culture – sharing, and making sense of, the culture in which we live

Our sessions

Free English classes run from 10am-12noon on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays during term time in central Chelmsford, 1-3pm on Tuesdays in Goodmayes, and 10am-12noon on Fridays in Harwich.  All women are welcome regardless of nationality, culture, faith or language.  English for Women provides a safe space, resources and a great many dedicated volunteers to help our learners improve their conversational ability, make friends, learn about the culture of the UK and feel less isolated. We also run English for All, a Monday session between 9.30-11.30am to which men are welcome too.

English for Women is not a formal or curriculum-based class.  Our sessions are conversation-led and topic-based so our learners can learn about a subject without feeling they have missed something from the previous week / session.

If you would like to try one of our sessions just come along and enjoy our warm welcome. Check our Location menu for details for where to go for each session.

If you have any questions, please email admin@englishforwomen.org

Comments from our learners

“EFW is a welcoming place, [it] is an opportunity to improve my English, to understand English culture.  I like to come here, to talk with people.  EFW is a very friendly place.”

“EFW is a very friendly and helpful community.  I learnt a lot about British traditions and everyday life, and also discovered many interesting facts.  I met new people and made new friends, we often go out for a coffee and it’s very interesting to learn traditions of different countries.

I would like to say thank you to all our wonderful teachers and volunteers for your time and interesting lessons.  Every time when I come home after my classes I have some new interesting information about England to share with my husband J .”