ICT for ESOL Students

Ref: C3840269

An introductory computer course for beginners, designed to develop confidence and skills in using essential office features. Topics include basic word-processing skills, internet and email. The course will also focus on employability as well as work related English.

Course aim

To introduce students to basic IT skills, help develop an understanding what computers can do for them as an employability skill and enhancing their English language skills related to the work and the workplace.

Who is the course for?

No prior knowledge is required but students must be at the correct level of ESOL to be able to understand the tutor.

What topics will this course cover

The course will comprise of a number of exercises which will support communication and written English skills whilst also allowing for employability skills to be developed by the use of computers. The internet and how to search for information will be covered, concentrating on Universal Jobmatch so students can looks for work unaided.

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 a computer safely. Identify parts of a computer and explain their functions. 2. Type text onto a word document. 3. Make changes to typed text e.g. delete, insert, cut and paste and make changes to text style e.g. font, size and colour. 4. Use a search engine to conduct an internet search. 5. Set up an email account and send an email.

How will I know I'm making progress?

The tutor will provide feedback as the class progresses, 1:1 tutorials if required.

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

Notepad and pen, access to a computer in order to get practice between classes.

Reading and information sources

None required.

What could the course lead to?

The course will lead to a wider subject knowledge and improve employability prospects. Followup ICT courses to increase knowledge and experience thereby increasing employability options.

Download full course outline

ICT for ESOL Students Course Outline


You can if you meet all of the following requirements:

  • are paying the standard fee or are on any of the qualifying benefits
  • are paying with a credit/debit card or are not paying a fee because of a qualifying benefit
  • have a valid email address
  • 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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