What is the Ealing Community School of English (ECSE)?

Ealing Community School for English (ECSE) provides affordable English language lessons to adults in the Ealing area and beyond. 

Their classes aim to help learners of English integrate into their local community and achieve their personal and career aspirations.

They are an entirely volunteer-run and led school, with a team of over 20 volunteer teachers, teaching assistants and administrators, supporting a community of over 200 students from over 50 nationalities.

What does the ECSE do?

ECSE offers English language lessons to adults for whom English is not their first language. Our students come from varied backgrounds. They include refugees, asylum seekers and economic migrants.

There are 8 levels of English language proficiency that we cover, ranging many who have no English language knowledge at all through to those with advanced levels.

When and where does it happen?

Lessons take place on a Monday and Wednesday evening, between 6.45pm and 8.45pm at Elthorne Park High School in Hanwell.

How can people volunteer?

ECSE are always looking for new volunteer teachers to support them. Don’t worry if you haven’t got experience – all new teaching volunteers go on their bespoke teacher training programme.

If you’re an experienced teacher, there’s plenty of room for you to design creative and dynamic lesson plans and support the development of their curriculum.

If you’re interested in volunteering, email: info@ecse.org.uk with a little bit of information about yourself and any previous teaching experience you that you may have. You’re welcome to attach your CV if you wish, but it’s not necessary.

The best thing about being involved with ECSE?

Our students really appreciate our teachers and school. Every week they come to us with stories of how their life has been enriched by improving their English. This might be as simple as them being able to ask for something in a shop, or being able to communicating with their child’s teacher at parents evening.

What expectations are there for volunteers?

We look for volunteers who can commit to one evening a week (ideally for the whole academic year).

Dom Dury – Head of ECSE