Glasgow ESOL Forum

Glasgow ESOL Forum

At a glance


  • Black, asian and minority ethnic groups
  • Education
  • Human rights
  • Local / community
  • Men
  • Refugees / migrants
  • Women

Other details

Geographical remit: 
National - Scotland


Glasgow ESOL (English for Speakers of Other Languages) Forum was created in 1998 by ESOL practitioners. The aims were to identify and promote examples of good practice and to enable discussion and support for those working in the field. Our work has evolved since then as the organisation has grown. Glasgow ESOL Forum has two main projects: the ESOL For Work Project and the Volunteer Tutor Project.

Our Vision:

We see Scotland as a place where non-native English speakers have the language skills and confidence to live fulfilling lives. 

Our Mission: 

We provide accessible and relevant ESOL (English for Speakers of Other Languages) learning opportunities for adults, supporting integration, employability and personal development.
We support ESOL practitioners and learners to have their views heard. 
We welcome all non-native English speakers, including asylum seekers, economic migrants and members of settled communities.


With thanks to the hard work of our dedicated volunteers, the Glasgow ESOL Forum's Volunteer Tutor Project has been running successfully since 2004. Tutors volunteer their skills and time, city-wide to deliver quality ESOL classes and tuition. 

The project aims to work with vulnerable learners who find it difficult to attend other courses. Our learners include parents, older learners, learners with health issues and newly arrived asylum seekers.  For people juggling family and work commitments, our friendly and local volunteer classes give them an opportunity to keep studying and practising in the small amount of time they have.

The Volunteer Tutor Project works in partnership with many community organisations, including Central and West Integration Network, Glasgow City Mission Child and Family Centre and AlbScott-Albanian Scottish Association.

Our volunteer tutors work independently to plan and deliver ESOL lessons based on their learners’ needs. Volunteers usually work with a group or an individual or on occasion, assist in an established class.  We ask volunteers for a minimum commitment of 6 months.

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