Café Lingo opens its doors at Promenade Church in Douglas once again this weekend, following a break over the summer months.

The free language class has taught English to non-native speakers since 2016.

It encourages socialisation and provides information about the Manx way of life.

The classes are all run on a voluntary basis, led by former Kewaigue primary school deputy headteacher Karen Norton, alongside a team who give up their free time.

Although Café Lingo has been officially on its summer break, it has held weekly informal ’meet and chat’ sessions on Saturday mornings.

There students could keep practising their spoken English over tea, coffee and cake, while those completely new to the island could literally start to find their feet, with walks around Douglas to find key places such as the Job Centre, government offices, banks, the Welcome Centre and the Villa/Gaiety complex.

These summer sessions were so popular the group had to move to a larger room - and welcomed students from countries that are new to Cafe Lingo, from as far afield as Sweden and Vietnam.

Café Lingo takes place at the church from 10.15am to 11.45am on Saturdays.

Sessions are aimed at people of any nationality, age, ability, faith or no faith. Students’ children are welcome too.

Each session is structured but informal and includes activities for a wide range of abilities building vocabulary and grammar.

Cafe Lingo is an ’outreach’ of the Promenade Church but organisers say it does not seek to convert people.

For more information on Café Lingo, contact Karen on 458340 or follow Café Lingo (Isle of Man) on Facebook.

Café Lingo will be holding an international food festival on Saturday, November 17.