ESOL Home Tutoring

Volunteer to Teach English

What is the ESOL Home Tutor Training Course?

This is a great opportunity to gain some teaching experience providing access to English Language learning for adults (including refugees) across Edinburgh and the Lothians.

The programme consists of three elements:

Introductory Training

Volunteer Tutors must attend a five day introductory course – over a period of six weeks – before meeting a student. The introductory training will develop your language awareness, basic teaching techniques, advice on lesson planning and inform volunteers about the philosophy, administration and support networks of the programme. The tutor training course is delivered using group work discussions, video and demonstrations from other course tutors and includes an informal group practice assessment.

On-going Training

You will have an individual support worker who is an experienced ESOL teacher, who will offer guidance and advice when you need it. You will also receive a newsletter, regular phone calls, attend meetings and training sessions during your time on the programme. Books and teaching materials are available.


You will meet the student at a mutually convenient time and place, usually weekday daytime in the student’s home, though tuition may also take place in the evening. The teaching opportunities will be 4-5 hours per week for nine months including travel, preparation and tutoring. Tuition is offered to students for nine months at first. However, tutors may work longer than this, perhaps with another student. Many tutors work for several years on the ESOL Home Learning Programme. Tuition is geared to the individual student and their abilities. It could involve spoken and/or written English at a variety of levels depending on the situations specific to the student, e.g. communicating with health and educational services. Students come from a range of countries including Sudan, Syria, Pakistan and Turkey.

What qualifications do I need?

No formal qualifications or experience are necessary. However, you should have good communication skills with patience, flexibility and an interest in people and the process of language learning.

Why choose ESOL Home Tutor Training?

Home tutoring students gives you a great chance to develop a strong working relationship, more involvement and understanding of the needs and desires of someone interested in learning English. This course will provide first-hand experience in teaching and will help you develop your basic teaching techniques and lesson planning experience. This course gives you the independence to help develop your teaching creativity and the flexibility to fit around your schedule.

Information Sessions

Anyone interested can attend information and selection sessions at Edinburgh College’s Sighthill Campus. These will be followed by a training course for all successful applicants.

Information and selection sessions

Due to COVID-19 we are not running the September training course. We hope that it will be possible to run our next course in January 2021.

If you have any TEFL or CELTA experience then please contact our administration assistant Agnieszka Waszak (contact details below) as we may be able to offer you some experience volunteering in our online classes.

Course Dates

There are no course dates currently scheduled due to COVID-19. Thank you for your interest and we hope to welcome you on one of our courses in the not too distant future.

Contact us

To find out more about becoming a volunteer please contact us:


phone:  0131 297 9657