First steps in ESOL

Ref: C3125116

This is an introductory course which aims to provide students with a basic understanding of computers and develop students' skills in English, for those who have not studied ESOL or computers previously.

Course aim

The course aims to introduce students to computers and basic skills in English, such as the completion of a simple form when registering at the GP surgery.

Who is the course for?

No prior experience in English or computers is required. It is a beginners' course.

What topics will this course cover

Students will be taught the basic operation of a laptop/computer and will have an opportunity to improve reading and writing in English through learning about topics such as on-line shopping and basic health guidance ( 'Eat 5 a day' etc.) on the NHS website.The course will support students' future learning, well-being and employability.

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. Operate a computer/laptop i.e. switch on/off, access the internet etc. 2. Type personal details on a document e.g. 'My name is ....' 3. Obtain information fro the internet i.e.supermarket/other opening/closing hours 4. Complete a simple form e.g. a registration form with name and address etc. 5. Send a simple email e.g. 'Hello..How are you? From.....' etc

How will I know I'm making progress?

Students will be assessed at the beginning of the course and throughout sessions thereafter to determine progress, and to ascertain any further support or guidance required.There will be frequent feedback to ensure that the course is challenging and meeting expectations.

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

No resources are required apart from a pen and a notebook. All other materials will be provided by the tutor.

Reading and information sources

No prior reading or preparation is required.

What could the course lead to?

Students could progress to ESOL/computers self-study or enrol on an accredited ESOL 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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