ESOL E2 Speaking & Listening @ BLS

Ref: C3840266

This course is for learners who wish to solidify their English speaking abilities into a nationally recognised qualification.

Course aim

This course is to prepare students who wish to take an Entry 2 ESOL Speaking and Listening exam under the city and guilds stream or to solidify their current speaking ability into a recognised qualification.

Who is the course for?

Students must be assessed at the correct level. Additionally students should be working towards taking, and passing, the City & Guilds Speaking & Listening exam at E2. Ideally they should also possess an E1 ESOL Speaking and Listening certificate.

What topics will this course cover

This course will cover topics which may feature in the exam at the end of the course. These include Travel and transport, Communication at work, Finding a job, Me and my health and Me and my home. Lessons will focus on asking and answering simple questions relating to the featured topics, making requests, taking part in social interaction, following simple instructions and following directions. The course content aims to assist students in their lives outside of the classroom as well as in the exam.

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. Use stress and intonation adequately to make speech comprehensible and meaning understood (Sc/E2.1a) 2. Give personal information (Sc/E2.3b) 3. Ask for factual information (Sc/E2.2d) 4. Listen for detail in short narratives and explanations (Lr/E2.2a) 5. Respond to requests for information (Lr/E2.5b)

How will I know I'm making progress?

Students will be informed on how they can improve through verbal and written feedback during lessons. Assessments will take place throughout the course and final assessment will take place at the end of the course in the form of the exam.

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

Exercise book, paper for notes, A4 ring binder, pens.

Reading and information sources


What could the course lead to?

At the end of the course students can then continue to the next phase of the Entry 2 ESOL qualification with the writing part of E2. If students want to focus purely on their speaking and listening skills then they can work towards taking the E3 Speaking and Listening exam.

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ESOL E2 Speaking & Listening @ BLS 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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