A New Style of Teaching


English in the Community (EITC) is an independent UK Charity founded by three immigrant English language teachers who met on a teacher training course providing free language lessons for local migrants.

These three evolved a new style of ESOL teaching with English language lessons developed around real life situations.

Community-based Lessons

As immigrants themselves, they knew the difficulties their students faced when adjusting to life in a new country. They were also aware of the benefits to non-native people of understanding more about their new community by...

Starting in November in Eastbourne!

FREE Communication Skills and Upper Level English Classes
Pre-Intermediate to Advanced Levels
Starting 1st November 2016 and 3rd November 2016

New Tuesday 12 week course starting 1st November:
Pre-Intermediate and Intermediate learners
Lessons every Tuesday evening 6:30 - 8:30pm

New Thursday 12 week course starting 3rd November:
Upper Intermediate to Advanced learners
Lessons every Thursday evening 6:30 - 8:30pm

Now we can help native speakers too!


Meeting of Minds - An EITC Volunteer at an Elder Event

EITC enters its 8th year as a charity having helped over 1500 non-native speakers learn to communicate and actively participate in British society. So we thought it was time we extended our services to include disadvantaged native born people who could also benefit from our considerable expertise. With this in mind, our Board of Trustees completed the altering of our Charity Objects earlier this year, allowing EITC to assist native British, as well as non-native beneficiaries...

'English for Work and Business' - a Huge Success!

The outcomes for this course were exceptional. Many of our students experienced significant, positive changes to their lives, and those of their families.


English for Work and Business Class

Three EITC ESOL Job Search and Employability classes ended in December with much fanfare and celebration...

All Change - EITC's Objects Get a Makeover

In January English in the Community received final confirmation of approval for a minor amendment to two of its three charitable objects. Previously, the objects specifically related to the provision of services for beneficiaries whose first language is not English. These have now been changed to allow provision for native English speakers in addition to non-native speakers...

English for Work Funding

Eastbourne Borough Council has awarded English in the Community just over £9,000 to provide free English language lessons for job seeking, non-native residents. The 12 week 'Employment Skills ESOL for Elementary and Pre-Intermediate Learners' courses are designed to improve interview and CV writing skills, telephone conversation techniques and British business culture - and much more.

Three classes are available, starting in September 2014. Those seeking to apply should contact our Eastbourne office on 07971 908141 or email us via our website contact page.

Hard Work Pays! Lina Wins a Scholarship

English in the Community has helped me so much. I want to thank the tutors for what they have done to inspire me and give me confidence.

lina_abraityte.jpgHard working EITC student Lina Abraityte has won a £500 scholarship. Lina, who completed classes at our St. Leonards centre, was put forward for the award which was provided by the charitable arm of a local language school...

EITC Awarded Funding for Beginners' Classes

beginners_eb0514.jpgNew classes for Beginners in Eastbourne started in the New Year thanks to funding from a local charitable organisation. Classes for Absolute Beginners, Beginners and False Beginners are held on Monday mornings at CommunityWise.

Project Manager Zephyr Grayland was delighted with the award, which will provide classes throughout 2014: “English in the Community is delighted to receive this funding which will enable us to provide classes for Beginners for the next twelve months...

New Faces on EITC's Board of Trustees

Richard Thornton takes up the Chair

richard_thornton2.jpgRichard Thornton qualified as a Solicitor in 1972, specialising in company law, litigation and conveyancing, having been articled with a very large City law firm. He subsequently became a Senior Partner with Harvey Thornton when, later, taking over the practice...

A Fond Farewell to Martyn Relf

martyn_relf2.jpgEITC Chairman Martyn Relf stepped down from his role in September, after spending 7 years at the helm...


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