First Steps to ESOL

Ref: C3126033

First Steps to ESOL is a beginners course where students may or may not have any previous experience in learning English as an additional language. You will learn in a friendly and supportive environment where the tutor will provide you with the confidence and motivation to learn further. There will also be opportunities to share your experiences across many situations with others and widen vocabulary important for everyday life in the UK.

Course aim

This course is for beginners whose English language is very limited and aim to improve their skills at a basic level. These include English speaking, listening, reading and writing across a range of situations as part of everyday living.

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • No skills or experience needed
  • This course is for beginners
  • You will need to talk to a member of staff and do a short activity to make sure the course is right for you. For more information and to book an appointment please call 0300 303 3464
  • This course is for people with little spoken English
  • This course is for women only as it is held in a women's centre
  • You will be encouraged to learn new words during each session to widen your vocabulary.

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

  • Engage in basic English speaking across many contexts e.g learning the names of specific items and asking for them. Giving personal information when required using good pronunciation etc...
  • Listen and reply to other people using basic English sentences e.g during everyday social situations such as break time.
  • Read simple words and sentences e.g signs, symbols, directions and making sense of basic information on forms.
  • Write basic sentences with good word order, especially when giving personal details on simple forms e,g name and address, telephone, date of birth etc...
  • Grow in confidence in English speaking, listening, reading and writing, supporting each other through your course.

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 experience learning both in groups and individually. You will also be offered the opportunity to bring your own personal experiences to the range of topics discussed and share with others if you wish.

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
  • You will be encouraged to consider other students work and give your opinions and suggestions
  • A file of work will be kept which will help to record your progress
  • You will also be offered the chance to give feedback to your tutor on your own personal learning.

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.)
  • Please will you bring a folder, pen and coloured pens, lined writing paper (A4) a rubber and pencil on the first day of your course.

Pre-course work, reading and information sources

  • No pre reading or pre course work is required
  • No pre reading is required but research on the subject on the internet or in the library may be helpful
  • If you have attended a course at a similar level, it may be helpful to look over some of you previous work.

What can I do next?

  • Progress to another WEA course
  • Access the WEA What Next? booklet here
  • When you improve your English, you will be able to progress to an Entry 1 group and improve your English further. Progression will lead to City & Guilds Entry 1 Speaking and Listening qualification.

Download full Course information sheet

First Steps to ESOL


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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