ESOL: English for speakers of other languages (lower level)

Passmore Edwards Centre, Newton Abbot

Who is this course for?

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. This is an excellent opportunity to meet new friends and learn about different countries. We will use the internet and listen to recordings in some session. You will be able to practice speaking in games and role plays.

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

You will create an individual learning plan with your tutor and they will talk with you regularly to ensure that you are meeting your plan.

If you feel you require any support for your learning, please talk to a tutor or centre staff who will arrange for you to receive support or talk to a learning support tutor. Any information given will be treated confidentially.

Additional costs and requirements

You will have an assessment done by one of our leaning support team. This will inform you of the level you are currently working at and will enable us to offer you a class working at your level.

Once you have completed your assessment the learning support coordinator will go through with you the funding requirements for the course.

You will need a pen and a note book to lessons for taking notes and to complete activities.

Will I have to do anything outside of the session?

You will be encouraged to do homework and practice at home. As using what you have learnt I lessons will help to ensure what you have learnt in class has been

About the tutor

I have been an ESOL Tutor for 11 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 date17 Sep 2019
End date17 Mar 2020
Start time13:00
End time15:00
Concessions not available