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Welcome to English

The Octagon, Walker Street,


helping newcomers to Hull, to learn English, make new friends and find out about living in Hull

with the help of volunteer befrienders


BBC Report

about Welcome to English, by the national correspondent, Katy Austen (2018)


So many ways to learn English...




in our classrooms at

The Octagon,

Walker Street,

Hull HU3 2RA

Classroom timetable (sample)

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and remotely

Zoom timetable (sample)


...with befrienders

learn English with a befriender (in the classroom or remotely).  Watch a video of Befriender Mary talking to Souzana about coronavirus. the community

Join in national and local community projects

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Where There is Light presented by Squidsoup in partnership with ArtReach 2021.

Listen to the voices of Welcome to English learners. This art installation was exhibited at Ferens Art Gallery and in several other cities.

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This is The Light Lockdown video made in Where There is Light workshops


Angels by Laurence Payot

Watch our learners talk about their Angels. These images were projected onto the walls of buildings during Hull's Freedom Festival in 2019


...'Walk and Talk'

discover Hull and chat

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...What's App Broadcasts & Groups

Receive information about living in Hull, information about our sessions and things to help you to learn English.  Chat with befrienders and students on our What's App Group.


...specialised courses

For example, English for Driving, English for Working in a Warehouse, Basic Literacy, Craft and Sewing,  Gardening, English for Computers and Guitar.  

Borrow books from our lending library. 

Celebrate special occasions, like Eid, Christmas and Chinese New Year. 

What do you want to learn? Tell Karen  07791 530039



Welcome to English to register, refer, volunteer, give feedback or for more information

Karen 07791 530039

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BBC Report

Watch a BBC report 

about Welcome to English's response to the coronavirus pandemic


English Classes in Hull

Use this website to find more English Classes in Hull and Yorkshire.  

Contact Karen if you would like help to find a private tutor. 

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Thank you to our supporters, past and present  

Goodwin Development Trust, Hull City Council, Hull Help for Refugees, Big Lottery Fund, KCOM, One Stop, Near Neighbours, Invisible Dust, Estebrak, Hull Adult Training and Education, Laurence Payot, Sir James Reckkit Charity, Tescos, TIme Bank Hull and East Riding, University of Hull, Freedom Festival Arts Trust, My Pockets, Traenerhus, Church of the Latter Day Saints, Absolutely Cultured


All the information on this website is published in good faith and for general information purpose only. Welcome to English does not make any warranties about the completeness, reliability and accuracy of this information.

Welcome to English is a registeredCommunity Interest Company no.10588117  Directors: Karen van Diesen & Florence Obadeyu