Resources for English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) tutors & students

For information about the Museum of Croydon galleries, events programme and how to visit us please follow this link.

You can make an independent visit to the Museum of Croydon Galleries



We welcome independent visits by English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) groups. If your group is made up of 6 or more people, please contact the Museum Education team so that we can book you a slot in the galleries.

E-mail: museumeducation@croydon.gov.uk
Telephone: 020 8253 1023

What happens during a visit to the Museum of Croydon Galleries?



Students explore the displays and use touchscreen computers to find out about objects they find particularly interesting. The oral history interviews on the touchscreen computers are linked to the objects on display and enable visitors to explore the lives of people who lived or worked in Croydon. Transcripts of the interviews are shown on the screen while the learner listens to the interview. The text is written in Plain English wherever possible.

You can book a taught session for your group at the Museum of Croydon



Tutors can book one of our object handling sessions to support their students' language development. These sessions are between 45-60mins in length and use historical artefacts to explore areas such as comparatives, adjectives and superlatives. Students can also focus on historical periods such as the Victorians or World War II. These taught sessions book up quickly, so please do contact us in good time if you would like to book a session.

You can download these citizenship resources



Photo of CALAT ESOL learners during Museum of Croydon sessionThe Museum of Croydon web resources listed below are intended to help tutors and learners study Citizenship as part of their ESOL courses, by:


  • supporting teachers in developing learners' English language skills;

  • supporting teachers in developing learners' knowledge of life in Croydon; and

  • supporting applications for citizenship.

The resources have been specially created to suit learners living or working in Croydon. The materials are designed for ESOL learners working towards Entry 1, 2 or 3/Level 1.

These PDF and Word resources are available to download



Adjectives and comparatives worksheet
Asking questions about objects worksheet
Asking questions about objects worksheet (Word version)
Choosing particular objects in MoC
Converting spoken to written English worksheet
Croydon Courageous creative writing activity
Discussion activity: what are museums for?
Gap Fill Oral History Worksheets
Joining the library roleplay worksheet
Museum of Croydon worksheet
Researching historic buildings worksheet
Researching historic buildings worksheet (Word version)
Recap Sheet
Special Object Interview Activity
Special object interview activity (Word version)
Special object interview activity - part two (Word version)
UK Government Online Citizenship Resources
Visiting the Museum of Croydon roleplay worksheet
Web gallery worksheet (Word version)
Web Gallery Worksheet

Background to this project



The Museum of Croydon have been actively working with ESOL learners and tutors at Croydon Adult Learning and Training (CALAT) since 2006. Visits to the Museum of Croydon, Croydon Libraries, and sessions delivered at CALAT venues enabled learners to engage with Croydon's cultural resources. We wanted to consolidate the materials generated as a result of this partnership into an easily accessible resource for all tutors and learners to use.

The Museum of Croydon adapted two topics from the Citizenship Materials for ESOL Learners pack created by the National Institute of Adult Continuing Education (NIACE) and LLU+ at London South Bank University to refer to Croydon's own cultural resources.

We also created factsheets about Croydon's history and worksheets for learners to use both via the web and in the Museum of Croydon galleries. We hope that you find them useful. We welcome feedback about these resources.

Click here for a link to the NIACE Citizenship Materials for ESOL Learners pack created for learners in England by the National Institute of Adult Continuing Education (NIACE) and LLU+ at London South Bank University.

We are very grateful for the support of the following people in the development of these resources: Emily Raketa, Cecilia Ampuero-Wray, Pam Dache, Karen Ingignoli, Jan Walsh, Jackie Mcloughlin, Ella Lutchmayer, Jane Broughton Perry, Cait Ong, Fiona Tarn, Tamsin Scott, Kalpa Venkat, Phil Singleton and the many ESOL students who helped us.

What is ESOL?



In Britain, many colleges provide English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) courses. These courses help people who have settled in Britain or have recently arrived to improve their English.

What is Citizenship?



Some ESOL courses include studies in Citizenship. These citizenship studies include topics such as the Geography and History of Britain and Knowing the Law. Some of these learners then apply for British citizenship. British citizens have an automatic right to live and work in the United Kingdom and to apply for a British passport.

Finding ESOL courses in Croydon



Croydon Adult Learning and Training (CALAT) provide most of the ESOL courses in Croydon click here to find out about CALAT courses.