First Steps in ESOL

Ref: C3125202

This English course continues from the previous term. 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 outside of the class. It will also include writing the alphabet, numbers,basic words, spelling, grammar and simple sentences for higher level learners. Entry 1 students will practise Entry 1 reading papers in preparation for a formal City and Guilds exam.

Additional information about this course

All students must have right to remain in UK. 100% attendance and commitment is expected from all students.

Course aim

This ESOL mixed pre-entry and entry 1 course aims to improve basic literacy. It covers speaking,listening, reading and writing in English, including the alphabet and basic numeracy. Some students will work towards sitting an Entry 1 reading exam.

Who is the course for?

This pre-entry course is suitable for complete beginners who want to focus on all aspects of English and students who are Entry 1.

What topics will this course cover

There will be revision of basic literacy such as identifying and writing the alphabet, reading signs, symbols and basic words, filling forms, giving personal information and asking questions. We will also cover topics such as family, shopping, reading menus/ordering food,health and travel. Students who are sitting E1 exams will also practise exam papers and cover exam topics.

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. Write full name and address. 2. Read simple words and match with pictures. 3. Ask and answer personal questions. 4. Read a menu/order food from a cafe. 5. Tell the doctor what's wrong.

How will I know I'm making progress?

Regular assessments will occur throughout the course. These will be spoken dialogues,reading short texts, 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. Students sitting E1 exam will be given feedback upon completion of mock papers.

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

Please 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 practise the alphabet and practise writing your name and address and read over last term's notes.

What could the course lead to?

Upon completion of the course, higher level students will gain City and Guilds Entry 1 ESOL certificates in reading. Other students may progress to an Entry 1 ESOL course next academic year.

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First Steps in ESOL Course Outline


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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
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