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Welcome to English

helping newcomers to Hull,

to learn English, make new friends

and find out about living in Hull. 

with the help of volunteer befrienders.

To learn a language, you need to live it!


Watch a BBC report about Welcome to English, by the national correspondent, Katy Austen (2018)


Our Classrooms

Marvell House, Cranbourne Street, 
Hull HU3 1PP

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English Classes

At the moment some of our sesions are online and some are in our classrooms at Marvell House. Send Karen a What's App message on 07791 530039 to receive our up-to-date timetable and Zoom links, or if you'd like an invitation to Marvell House. Here is a sample timetable:

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What's App Broadcasts & Groups

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


Watch a BBC report 

about Welcome to English's response to the coronavirus pandemic



Learn English with a befriender (by Zoom, What's App, phone or email).  We currently have over 30 active befrienderrs. Send Karen a message on 07791 530039, if you would like a befriender. Watch a video of Befriender Mary talking to Souzana about coronavirus.



Practise English whilst exploring Hull

and joining in community projects

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Watch a video made by Welcome to English students and a local artist, on Zoom


Walk and Talk

nature walks in Hull, with Andrew from Yorkshire Wildlife Trust


Short 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  Joyce 07448 647503

Marvell House, Cranbourne Street, Hull, HU3 1PP

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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

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 ESOL department, Freedom Festival Arts Trust, My Pocket, Traenerhus


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; Centre Manager Chung Chung Chui (Joyce)