First Steps in ESOL

Ref: C3124599

This pre-entry English course will introduce learners to the English language. It will include reading simple words and texts that the learners may see in their everyday lives and speaking and listening tasks that will help learners interact with people . It will also include writing the alphabet, numbers,basic words, spelling and grammar and simple texts sentences for higher level learners.

Course aim

This pre-entry ESOL course aims to improve basic literacy and introduces speaking,listening, reading and writing in English, including the alphabet and basic numeracy.

Who is the course for?

The course is for complete beginners and those with a some knowledge of English. e.g.can read a few words and phrases.

What topics will this course cover

There will be revision of the previous two terms' work and new topics will also be covered such as health, culture, clothes shopping and the environment.

What will it be like?

WEA classes are friendly and supportive. You will be encouraged to work together with your fellow students and tutor. You will be asked to share your ideas and views in the class and work with the group to give and accept feedback in a supportive environment. The WEA tutor will use a range of different teaching and learning methods and encourage you to be actively involved in your learning. You may be asked to undertake work to support your course outside of your class.

By the end of the course I should be able to:

1. Say what's the matter at the doctor's. 2. Complete a GP registration form. 3. Ask questions to a shop assistant in a department store. 4. Watch or listen to a news clip and answer a gist question. (Higher) 5. Read a short simple text about the environment and answer some questions.(Higher)

How will I know I'm making progress?

Regular assessments will occur throughout the course. These will be spoken dialogue,short reading, spelling or writing assessments.The teacher will give individual feedback during lessons and written and verbal feedback will be given upon completion of homework. The teacher will also have a discussion with each learner about their progress.

What else do I need to know, do or bring?

Students need to bring a passport or ID card and proof of benefits. Please also bring a pencil, a rubber, A4 paper and an A4 folder with your notes in it to every class. It is also useful to bring a mobile phone.

Reading and information sources

Please read your notes from the previous two terms, if you are a returning student.

What could the course lead to?

Upon completion of the course, students could progress to an Entry 1 ESOL course which will be an exam based course.

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First Steps in ESOL Course Outline


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  • are paying the standard fee or are on any of the qualifying benefits
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  • have been resident in the UK, EU or EEA for the last 3 years
  • are aged 19 years or older on 1st September 2016
  • have read and accept the standard terms and conditions
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