ESOL - English speakers of other languages

Arts Centre, Bideford

Who is this course for?

This course is for adults who speak English as a second language. The course will help you 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. These learning activities are 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. You will be working towards a City and Guilds ESOL Skills for Life qualification.

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

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

Belinda Barten started working for Learn Devon in 2005 and currently specialises in ESOL and ALDD Art classes. She has also been involved in Family learning teaching Story Sacks and Literacy courses. Prior to this she has travelled extensively teaching EFL (English as a Foreign Language) in different countries.

Start date23 Jan 2020
End date23 Jul 2020
Start time14:00
End time16:00
Concessions not available