We have a range of English language classes to suit most levels. We offer:

• An initial assessment of your current English language level, so you can understand where your language skills are on the National Qualifications Framework (NQF).

• Structured English language tuition to improve your use of English grammar, vocabulary, and spelling and to increase your confidence and fluency in using English for speaking, listening, reading and writing.

• The chance to get ready to start working towards a qualification to progress your English language skills.

ESOL Course Descriptions (Click for details)

Pre-Entry Beginner



Elementary QQI Level 3

Pre-Intermediate QQ1 Level 4

Language and literacy


Students who successfully complete ESOL modules at Level 4 may gain entry to other QQI modules offered in the centre such as IT, Retails Skills and Employability Skills. Guidance is provided to help students choose the progression route that is right for them.



If you are not sure of your level, don’t worry, each student is assessed before being placed in a class. We will find a class that suits you.


Entry Requirements

Willingness to learn English language skills.

No previous education required

All students must have a PPS number and show this prior to assessment and registration

Please note we operate a waiting list if classes are full



Most of our courses are free of charge or low cost. There is no fee for courses at Beginner to Elementary level. For higher level courses, learners may have to buy books or pay a small fee.

Time:  Two mornings, afternoons or evenings, depending on level

Venue: Portlaoise Further Education and Training Centre

Outreach: Portarlington Further Education and Training Centre

For more information on English Language courses contact:

Deirdre Brennan

057 8661338