English for Speakers of Other Languages

Ref: C3125493

The course will include 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 routines, family, hobbies/sport and neighbourhood.

Course aim

This is a beginner's ESOL course for students with limited or no knowledge of English. It will equip students with very basic spoken, written and reading skills that they can utilise in their everyday lives.

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • No skills or experience needed
  • This course is for beginners
  • This course is for people with little spoken English
  • Only women happen to attend the class.

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

  • Say and write upper and lower case letters. Spell full name.
  • Write full name, address, nationality, date of birth, ethnicity etc on a form.
  • Arrange to meet a friend. Say what you're doing Monday to Friday. (Higher will write a text to a friend.)
  • Read a leaflet about a local community event/activity and answer questions.
  • Describe a family member. Use she/he and she's got/he's got.

How will I be taught?

  • The WEA tutor will use a range of different teaching and learning methods and encourage you and the group to be actively involved in your learning
  • You may be asked to undertake additional work in your own time to support your learning
  • You will be expected to carry out a range of activities in your own time
  • You will learn how to write and send text messages and record yourself on your phone.

What kind of feedback can I expect?

  • A range of informal activities will be used by the tutor to see what you are learning which may include quizzes, question and answer, small projects and discussion
  • You will have opportunities to discuss your progress with your tutor
  • You will be encouraged to share your work with the group and discuss your learning
  • A file of work will be kept which will help to record your progress
  • There will be a number of tasks appropriate to your course such as written work, creating art or craft, video, photography or small projects. Some of these may be marked to help you progress

What else do I need to know?

  • It would be helpful if you had access to the internet (Mobile phone, tablet or computer at home or through a library etc.)
  • Please bring a pen, pencil, folder and some paper

Pre-course work, reading and information sources

  • Returning students should look through last year's notes. New students should practise saying and writing the alphabet and writing their full name and address.

What can I do next?

  • Progress to another WEA course
  • Progress to an accredited Entry 1 course.

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English for Speakers of Other Languages


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 2017
  • have read and accept the standard terms and conditions
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