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ESOL Stepping Stones is an exciting and innovative new ESOL course for non-English speaking mothers and their babies that has been developed by LuCiD at the University of Manchester, funded by the ESRC.

Everything you need to deliver the course is available for free here. The 12 week course delivers functional language skills in combination with health and parenting information in a ‘stay and play’ format, ie mums bring baby with them. Each session focuses on one particular aspect of family daily life such as health, housing, or shopping, and consists of infant-centred activities and informal language instruction.

The materials are available as free downloads for use in your setting. They consist of a Course Guide, a Flip Book for use with a laptop, Flash Cards and a Mum’s Book. If you would prefer hard copies please get in touch with the project team. There will be free e-training for facilitators available soon through our website.

The course provides schools and children’s, cultural and community centres with a free ready-made course, materials and training that can be used in multilingual settings. Our aims are to

  • Increase the English Language skills of low income non-English speaking mothers
  • Increase levels of confidence and assertiveness in the target group
  • Provide examples of language rich activities which will be of benefit to the child (e.g. book reading, storytelling, singing and rhyme)
  • Increase the uptake of key services by the target group due to improved linguistic skills and confidence
  • Add to the skill set and resources of community venues’ staff by providing full training, materials and on-going support


For more details:        

Sharon Freeman

Research Assistant, LuCiD, the University of Manchester

sharon.freeman@manchester.ac.uk  | 0161 275 2571    

Office days: Mondays, Tuesdays, Fridays

Follow us on Twitter: @ESOL_Step_Stone


ESOL Stepping Stones

English language teaching programme for non-English speaking mothers

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Term: perpetual (does not require renewal)
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Price excl. VAT: Free of charge