ESOL: English for speakers of other languages
Who is this course for?
This course is for speakers of other languages and migrants who live in the UK and who will be staying and working in the UK.
All levels are welcome.
Come and join us if you would like to improve your English in a group of like-minded people from other parts of the world!
You must be eligible for the advertised course fee i.e. you must have been resident in an EU country for at least 3 years prior to joining the course.
A pre-course interview and an initial assessment with a tutor is also available prior to enrolment. Please, contact the Alexander Centre on 01822 613 701.
You will be focussing on one of the following skills:
speaking/listening, reading or writing and will be working towards a City and Guilds ESOL Skills for Life qualification.
The skills will be taught through a variety of engaging activities, such as role-plays, group discussions, sentence writing, interacting with short audio and video clips, mouth gymnastics to practise pronunciation, online interactive exercises, language games and puzzles, reading comprehension exercises and more, all designed to suit a variety of learning styles. You will be learning in a group of adult learners of different nationalities and various levels of ability and reflect on your learning regularly.
Support and feedback
You will receive regular feedback from your tutor. At the end of every session there will be an opportunity to reflect on progress made and areas that still require some practice. Record of this will be kept in your Individual Learning Plan. Tests, classwork and homework will be used to assess how well you are progressing towards your goals.
Additional costs and requirements
You will need a pen, some notepaper, at least one highlighter, a folder or a binder to keep your work in and a dictionary. You might also want to record any new words and spellings in a notebook.
It is important that you commit to attending every week and keep in touch about the sessions you can’t make. There will be no classes in the school holidays.
There are no extra costs.
Will I have to do anything outside of the session?
Yes. There will be up to an hour’s homework to complete every week on paper or online. You should also try to practise your English in real life situations as often as possible.
About the tutor
Isabel Knockaert started working for Learn Devon in 2007 and currently specialises in ESOL, Literacy and Functional Skills English. Prior to this she has taught in different countries including Poland and Belgium. Isabel gained her first degree in 2005 after having studied English pedagogy, British and American literature, applied linguistics and methodology of language teaching. She gained her Masters of Education in Applied Linguistics graduating from the Open University in 2013. Isabel is passionate about helping her learners to work hard and achieve their goals whilst embarking on relevant but enjoyable learning.
Isabel Knockaert, English and ESOL, Learn Devon