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 ESOL (English for Speakers of other languages) is for anyone who wants to have experience in learning to speak or improve their English. It includes reading and writing practices.

This course will help you with everyday activities like shopping, going to the doctors or looking for work and making appointments.

Course content

The course covers speaking activities learning new words and pronunciation. On this course you will learn some basic grammar and practice writing and reading different types of text, like letters and newspapers. You will use dictionaries to help with your spelling.

Support and feedback

Your tutor will give you weekly feedback and will spend time with you individually to discuss your progress.

Additional costs and requirements

You will need a pen and a note book.

Once you have paid for the course, there are no extra costs.

Will I have to do anything outside of the session?

You will be encouraged to do homework and practice at home.

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.

Sharon Dow

Start date18 Sep 2018
End date05 Mar 2019
Start time13:00
End time15:00
Concessions not available