Getting Ready to Speak

Ref: C3125974

An entry 1 level ESOL class for people who want to improve their speaking and listening skills in English and work towards a City and Guilds Speaking and Listening qualification in the future. We will use real life situations to ask questions and get information, listen for the general ideas and details, and give information about events in the past, present and future. We will use role plays to practice useful conversations, for example, at the doctor’s, in a job interview. We will work on ways to improve your pronunciation so you can communicate better.

Course aim

This course will help you to feel more confident with speaking and listening in everyday situations, learning new vocabulary and working on good pronunciation. This course will prepare you for a qualification in the future.

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • This course is for improvers

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

  • Follow a short discussion on a familiar topic e.g a telephone call from your child's school.
  • Use everyday phrases to clarify and check information e.g days and times of appointments
  • Find general and particular information in short listening tasks e.g opening and closed times or announcements.
  • Identify how to pronounce 5 everyday words correctly each week
  • Feel more confident speaking in English

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
  • Other activities may include homework which may include role play e.g speaking to your child's teacher, or making and changing appointments at the doctors surgery and listening for important information.

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
  • You will be given written feedback from your tutor on your work which will encourage you to progress further.

What else do I need to know?

  • A selection of materials and basic equipment will be provided but you are welcome to bring additional materials with you
  • It would be helpful if you had access to the internet (Mobile phone, tablet or computer at home or through a library etc.)
  • Additional materials students may wish to bring is an A4 file, pen and paper. Any handouts given by the tutor can be placed in there for student reference. You can also bring a dictionary if you have one to support your learning.

Pre-course work, reading and information sources

  • No pre reading or pre course work is required

What can I do next?

  • Progress to another WEA course
  • This course will prepare you and give you confidence to take the next step and enrol on an accredited speaking and listening course, where you will be able to do a speaking and listening exam according to your level.

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Getting Ready to Speak


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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