ESOL: English for speakers of other languages (higher level)
Who is this course for?
This is an Entry Level course for adults who wish to speak English as a second language and wish to get more out life here in the UK, to become more involved and integrated in their community and who wish to improve their employment prospects.
Are you new to the UK, or have lived here for a while and wish to improve your use of English in everyday situations? If you have said yes to either of the above, then this is the course is for you.
Communicating in English is essential for anyone who chooses to live in the UK, whether you want to talk to your child’s teacher, make an appointment to see the doctor, or simply to shop for food.
This course will look at all the key areas of the language and enable you to feel more confident in your understanding and use.
You will be taught in a small, friendly and supportive group where you will have the opportunity to gain confidence and make new friends.
You will learn all four language skills: speaking, reading, listen and writing as well as vocabulary, phrases, punctuation and grammar.
The skills will be taught through a variety of engaging activities, such as role-plays, groups discussions, 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 small group of adults of different nationalities and different levels of ability. You will be working towards a City and Guilds ESOL Skills for Life qualification and a level appropriate to your ability.
You will be introduced to all aspects of British Culture and learn the language you need in order to deal with everyday situations in the UK.
When you are ready you may sit a City and Guilds ESOL Skills for Life examination at a level appropriate to your ability.
You are likely to start by completing Speaking and Listening band you will then move on to complete Writing or Reading.
Support and feedback
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 and ensure you are getting the best from your lessons.
You will be given feedback every week and can discuss this with your tutor. Your progress and any areas needing more practice will be recorded in your Individual Learning Plan.
Additional costs and requirements
At the start of the course you will complete initial and diagnostic assessments to establish your starting level.
You will then be offered the chance to join a group that is working at or around your level of English. So that you are put in the best supportive environment for you to learn.
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 may also be encouraged to use relevant websites for self-study activities.
Remember that the more real practice you do outside the classroom, the quicker you will improve your English.
About the tutor
Daphne Robins has been teaching at Learn Devon since September 2009. Besides ESOL she teaches German.
Daphne has a bachelor’s degree in Education and Training from the University of Plymouth and a PGCE in Modern Foreign Languages from Roehampton University. Daphne has taught in secondary schools and has been teaching English as a foreign language at Sidmouth International School for the last 10 years.
Daphne has a deep knowledge of teaching languages and is particularly skilled at introducing a new 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 onwards. 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 Learners:
“Daphne gives 150% of herself in teaching. Dedicated and patient, she encourages me in every lesson.”