Adults Learning English

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Free English conversation classes at Manchester Art Gallery

Every 2nd Wednesday of each month 1-2.30pm

Every 3rd Thursday of each month 6.30-8pm at Thursday Lates

There is also an English Corner at Manchester Museum on the first Tuesday of each month between 1-2.30 pm.

Talking about art

Our gallery and its collections are worth talking about - so what better resource for people learning to speak English?

Come along, enjoy artworks and meet other people.

You will look at artworks and talk about them together. Our English tutor will help you practise your speaking and listening skills. The sessions are friendly and our tutor will make sure you can join in even if you have only just started to learn English. 

"English Corner is very good practice for me. I can learn English and know about art as well."


There is no need to book if you are coming as an individual. 

Group bookings: We welcome groups but you must book. If you'd like to come to one of the regular English Corner as a group, please email Ruth at the address below. We allow one group of up to 10 learners to attend each session.  Individual learners are very welcome to all sessions.

Alternatively you can have a bespoke English Corner session for your group at a time which suits you for a fee of £70. 

If you would like to book to come to English Corner as a group or be added to our monthly reminder email list, please contact Ruth Edson:

"I was very surprised because it was so good. I learned new things about the arts. I’ve met a few people with a different culture. It was interesting."
Individual learner on English Corner

"Very enjoyable session and very informative. Lots of opportunities for practising speaking English. The gallery's ESOL expert was friendly and made everyone feel welcome. I will definitely recommend this session to other tutors and to my learners."
ESOL tutor

For a full list of projects, see below. For more information please contact either Helena Lee or Ruth Edson:

Tel: 0161 235 8877


English Corner booked sessions for ESOL tutors

Enjoy a break from the classroom. Bring your ESOL group to English Corner at Manchester Art Gallery.

English Corner at Manchester Art Gallery is for people who are learning English as a second language. It offers practical conversational exercises in a real life setting.

The sessions can be tailored for entry levels 1, 2, and 3 and level 1. They are led by our ESOL expert, so you get a chance to observe your students.

"As the group's tutor, I found this session very interesting because the students showed such confidence. I was surprised at how easily less able students participated."

"It has definitely helped me with my English. It was a very interesting and useful experience."

Sessions last one and a half hours.

Cost: £65

Maximum group size: 15 students

For more information, contact Ruth Edson:
Tel: 0161 235 8877


English Corner Partnership Projects 2013

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Throughout February –to June 2013, Manchester Art Gallery are working in partnership with The Manchester Museum and the Gallery of Costume to deliver a series of 6-week courses with participants from Refugee Action’s well-being programme and the Somali Women’s Group linked to Wai Yin Chinese Women Society. The short courses have been a great way to help us experiment with how English Corner works in different venues and has helped us strengthen relationships with key community partners. The participants have found it very beneficial in helping them learn and improve their English in a non-classroom setting.

‘It’s been a very happy time in very nice buildings. I feel more free to speak English and don’t feel too shy now when practicing in public.’


Planning a self programmed ESOL visit

Thinking of bringing an ESOL group for a self programmed visit?  Use our downloadable top tips sheet to help you plan your session. 

Manchester Art Gallery and the Gallery of Costume are home to the city’s very own collections of art, fashion and design.

We’re changing our displays more frequently these days, so you can see the widest possible range of paintings, sculptures, drawings and objects from our collections, alongside works we’ve borrowed from other institutions and collectors.

It’s a good idea to have a theme to plan your visit around and use 2 or 3 artworks which relate to this theme. Please do call Ruth Edson on 0161 2358877 to discuss ideas for themes and relevant artworks on display to explore.

We love to know you've been with your group so don't forget to sign in at the info desk when you get here. It's also really helpful if you let us know you're coming so please contact us in advance if you can. Please contact Ruth Edson:

Tel: 0161 235 8877

Downloadable resources

General advice and ideas for ESOL tutors.

Top tips for ESOL tutors

Mary Greg's collection of curiosities

Mary Greg

Let us bring Manchester Art Gallery to you.  We offer Mary Greg handling sessions for older people's groups. Please call or email for more information.

English Corner

English Corner

Free English conversation classes at Manchester Art Gallery. Every second Wednesday of the month 1-2.30pm and at Thursday Lates on the third Thursday of each month 6.30-8pm. English Corner is now also happening at Manchester Museum on the first Tuesday of each month from 1-2.30pm. No need to book, just turn up.

Philosophy Cafe

Dante Gabriel Rossetti, The Bower Meadow.
The Philosophy Café at Manchester Art Gallery is an informal discussion group meeting on the second Tuesday of each month between 10.30-12pm and on the fourth Thursday evening of each month between 6-8pm.