English School

Please note that most services at Scalabrini are running remotely.

If you have questions about learning English at Scalabrini, you can contact our English School. The English School conducts classes on WhatsApp. Only certain students come into the office, on invitation only, in line with Covid-19 protocols. To contact the English School, please call or WhatsApp  072 069 2014.

Our Objective

To improve English communication skills in order to facilitate the socioeconomic integration and wellbeing of asylum seekers, refugees, migrants and South Africans.

Accessing the English School

Refugees and migrants who lack English language skills face greater barriers in adjusting to life in South Africa, accessing social services, and securing employment. To address this need, we provide a specialised English language school to promote confidence to speak English and to integrate into society.

To enrol in the English School, applicants must:

– Complete an online registration form using the link below on this website

We offer three terms per year.

For the next registration date and fee, please contact our office +27 72 069 2014 (call or Whatsapp)

or email englishschool@scalabrini.org.za


Important Notice

Please note that during the Covid-19 pandemic, we teach by Whatsapp.

All students must register online.

A teacher will teach very small classes for literacy here in our building so that we respect government protocols. We shall invite a limited number of students AFTER registration and a placement conversation.

1. English Classes
The English School curriculum was developed specifically for Scalabrini clients, and is thematically organised to assist our clients with integration in Cape Town. The curriculum is divided into levels from Beginner A to Intermediate B, and the standards for each level are aligned with the Common European Framework of References for Languages (CEFR).
Whatsapp term (free, but students must pay own data)
• 8 weeks, 2 lessons per week, homework compulsory for certificates
2. Literacy Programme
We have a basic literacy and handwriting class for students who have had interrupted learning opportunities or who do not know the alphabet. this course is also suitable for novice speakers of English, although they might be educated.These students remain in this class until they have the skills and confidence to join the first Beginner level.
Whatsapp term (free, but students must pay their own data)
• 8 weeks, 4 lessons per week, homework compulsory for certificates
Classroom term (students pay R400 and their own data)
• 12 weeks, 2 lessons per week, attendance and homework compulsory for certificates


Registration now closed

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Volunteer With English School

Our volunteers come from all over the world and bring a diverse set of experiences, knowledge and abilities. They support every aspect of Scalabrini’s programmes, from English lessons and administrative support, to outreach and advocacy work.

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