First Steps in ESOL (English for Speakers of Other Languages)

Ref: C3742086

We will learn how to say and write the letters in the English alphabet. We will use everyday situations (like travel, shopping, health and where you live) to learn new words and read common signs. We will practice short conversations, and listening for information, to help you talk to ask and answer questions about yourself. This can help you to feel more independent, for example when you go to the doctor or to join a local group.

Course aim

This course will help you to start speaking, listening, reading and writing in English. It is for people who have not been to an ESOL (English for Speakers of Other Languages) class before and want to start learning English.

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • 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

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

  • Write numbers, and letters of the alphabet using lower and upper case.
  • Spell some common words.
  • Read some common words, signs and symbols in everyday situations.
  • Ask and answer questions about myself.
  • Listen for information 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

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
  • 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?

  • A selection of materials and basic equipment will be provided but you are welcome to bring additional materials with you
  • Official document(s) showing your name, address, date of birth Certificates for English / English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) qualifications you have. Paper, pen/pencil to every lesson, folder to put your work in, small notebook.

Pre-course work, reading and information sources

  • No pre reading or pre course work is required
  • It is useful if you are already trying to use your English, e.g. talking to neighbours, reading signs, letters, and watching TV in English (maybe with subtitles).

What can I do next?

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First Steps in ESOL (English for Speakers of Other Languages) Course Outline

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Conditions

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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