ESOL: English for speakers of other languages
Who is this course for?
This course is for adults who are learning to speak English as a second language.
This course will help you with everyday activities such as shopping, going to the doctors, making appointments and looking for work
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.
If this is your first course with us, you will need to do an initial assessment prior to the start of the course. Please contact your local centre to arrange this.
The course covers:
• speaking and listening
• reading and writing
• basic punctuation and grammar
If you are learning English for the first time, we will use pictures and simple word books to help you start making sentences.
You will practice a range of writing and reading skills such as filling in forms and finding basic information.
We will talk about you and your family, your country and the foods that you enjoy.
Your tutor will work closely with you to ensure that the course meets your needs.
Support and feedback
Your tutor will give you weekly feedback and will spend time with you individually to discuss your progress. 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 and a notebook or notepaper. A yellow highlighter and a folder to keep your work in might also be useful.
Will I have to do anything outside of the session?
Your tutor will give you activities to do in your own time. Remember that the more real practice you get outside the classroom the quicker you will improve your English.
About the tutor
I have been an ESOL Tutor for 9 years with Learn Devon. Prior to this I worked in Cyprus teaching in an English language school. I taught teenagers and young adults who were applying to universities in England.
I obtained my CELTA (Certificate for English Language Teaching of Adults at Oxford Brooks University.
Long before my teaching career started I was a nurse specialising in Sleep Research at The Churchill Hospital in Oxford. My interest in teaching started as a nurse, but then as I wanted to travel and explore different cultures, decided to change careers completely!
I thoroughly enjoyed being a student again, learning new things was very stimulating.
As an ESOL tutor I continue to learn about different cultures and how different languages work! My experience as an ESOL tutor gives me insight into how living and working in the UK can affect people from different countries whose first language is not English.
I believe it is extremely important for adults (whose first language is not English) living in the UK to attend ESOL classes and gain a qualification. There are many benefits including making new friends, being part of a local community, helping with working or finding work. Being confident in communicating in English will enhance the quality of your life.