ESOL - Pre-Entry

Ref: C3672877

We will use everyday situations like travel, shopping, health and where you live to learn how to say and spell new words. We will practice short conversations, and listening for information, to help you talk to your neighbours, go to appointments by yourself, or join in with local groups. We will learn some spelling and grammar rules, practice filling in forms and writing short sentences. We will also practice reading different texts and finding information to help you feel more independent.

Course aim

This course will help you to start speaking, listening, reading and writing in English. It will help you get ready to move onto an accredited course (take City and Guilds ESOL exams) in future.

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • 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
  • You must be able to communicate in spoken English in simple everyday situations.

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

  • Feel more confident using my English in everyday life.
  • Write numbers and letters of the alphabet using lower and upper case.
  • Write short sentences about myself.
  • Ask and answer questions about myself.
  • Read common words, signs and symbols in everyday situations.

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

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

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, A4 lined paper and a ring file. At the first session you will need to bring ID showing your name and address.

Pre-course work, reading and information sources

  • No pre reading or pre course work is required
  • Try to use English in your everyday life eg watch TV, speak to neighbours.

What can I do next?

  • Progress to another WEA course
  • Progress to a course with another provider
  • Become involved with the WEA in a range of voluntary work and other activities including campaigning as a WEA member
  • Access the WEA What Next? booklet here
  • Your tutor will talk with you about what you want to do next at the end of the course and if you are ready for exams at Entry 1.

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ESOL - Pre-Entry


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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