ESOL: English for speakers of other languages

Passmore Edwards Centre, Newton Abbot

Who is this course for?

You can only enrol on this course through a friendly chat and skills check with an experienced Learn Devon Learning Support Co-ordinator.

To make a local appointment to confirm which course is most suitable for your needs, please contact our admin teams in Newton Abbot or Totnes.

The Passmore Edwards Centre

Market Street

Newton Abbot

TQ12 2RJ

01392 384094

The Mansion

36 Fore Street



01803 862020

This course is for adults who wish to speak English as a second language. The course will help you to take the first steps to learn English or to improve your English so that you can get more out of your life here in the UK. It will also help you if you want to go onto further studies or improve your employment prospects.

Course content

The course covers:

speaking and listening

reading and writing


punctuation and grammar

The skills will be taught through a variety of engaging activities, such as role-plays, group discussions, online interactive exercises, language games and puzzles, reading comprehension exercises and more, all designed to suit a variety of learning styles. Your tutor will work closely with you to ensure that the course meets your requirements.

You will be learning in a small group of adult learners of different nationalities and different levels of ability and you will be working towards a City and Guilds ESOL Skills for Life qualification. You will be assessed for this at an appropriate level at the end of the course.

Support and feedback

At the start of your course you will complete initial and diagnostic assessments to establish your starting level. You will discuss your learning and personal goals with the tutor and you will both agree on learning targets suitable for you. This will help to measure your progress. You will be given feedback every week. Your progress and any areas needing more practice will be recorded in your Individual Learning Plan.

Additional costs and requirements

You will need a pen, a notebook or notepaper and a dictionary. A yellow highlighter and a folder to keep your work in might also be useful.

You may like to bring a drink or refreshments

Will I have to do anything outside of the session?

You will need to do homework! Your tutor will give you activities to do in your own time and you will also be encouraged to use relevant websites for self-study activities. Remember that the more real practice you get outside the classroom the quicker you will improve your English

About the tutor

• Daphne Robins teaches German and ESOL at Learn Devon where she has been teaching since September 2009. She worked as a PA at Stover School for 8 years and before that she lived in Germany for 27 years until April 2000. In Germany she worked as a PA for international companies. Daphne is bilingual in German and English with citizenship in both Germany and Great Britain.
• Daphne has a Bachelor’s Degree in Education and Training from the University of Plymouth and a PGCE in Secondary Modern Foreign Languages from Roehampton University. Daphne has taught at secondary schools in Devon, as well as English as a foreign language at an international language school in Sidmouth, besides giving private tuition.
• Daphne has a deep knowledge of teaching languages and is particularly skilled at introducing the intricacies of a language to the novice learner. Her enthusiasm and specialist knowledge are just two of the many ingredients that make her lessons interesting and lively.
• “I simply love teaching. I am passionate about teaching languages, and particularly English, and I really enjoy seeing learners progress through the stages of learning from Entry Level through to Level 2. Learning English enables speakers of English as a second language to enhance their literacy skills, as well as becoming more involved and integrated in their community in the UK
Quotes from learner

• “Daphne Robins gives 150% of herself in teaching. Dedicated and patient she encourages me in every lesson. A truly superb tutor.”
• “I always thought grammar would be so difficult, but Daphne has really helped me to make sense of it!”
Daphne Robins, German and ESOLTutor, Learn Devon

Start date25 Sep 2018
End date22 Jan 2019
Start time18:00
End time21:00
Concessions not available