Midlands Engine Project ESOL

Ref: C2341928

This is an intensive employment-focused ESOL course to help people with professional qualifications and experience to improve their English language skills and develop their career. The course is delivered over a six-week semester. It consists of ESOL provision contextualised to local labour markets. It will support students to develop their reading, writing, speaking and listening skills, and equip them with the cultural and practical employability skills, knowledge and understanding to progress in work. The course includes support to prepare for professional employment in the UK. There will be regular input from external agencies (e.g. National Careers Service, Volunteer Service) and major local public and private sector employers.

Course aim

This course will help you to improve your English skills. It will prepare you to move onto a City & Guilds ESOL accredited course in future. It will also help you to identify ways to make progress with your career in the UK.

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • Before you can join the course, your English skills will be checked with a short test so the tutor can make sure the class is right for you. You must be able to read, write and communicate in English in everyday situations.

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

  • Identify sectors and occupations in the local labour market where I wish to develop my career
  • Prepare for employment in my chosen sectors and occupations
  • Search and apply for jobs and prepare for interview
  • Demonstrate a range of transferable skills that are valued in the workplace in the UK

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
  • Everyone is encouraged to take part as much as they can. You will be asked to share your ideas and views in the class, and to listen to and give helpful feedback in a friendly way.

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
  • The tutor will also explain what the Level 1 exams are like, so you know what to expect in future. They will talk to you about when you might be ready to move onto a Level 1 accredited course to take an exam.

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.)
  • The tutor will give worksheets for each lesson, and can tell you about other books or websites that will help if you want to study more at home. A tablet or laptop if you have one.

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 in everyday situations.

What can I do next?

  • Progress to another WEA course
  • Progress to a course with another provider
  • This course could lead to a range of job opportunities. Follow link to National Careers Service for more details https://nationalcareersservice.direct.gov.uk/
  • Become involved with the WEA in a range of voluntary work and other activities including campaigning as a WEA member
  • Become involved as a volunteer for a WEA partner or another organisation
  • You could progress to Higher Education courses. Follow link to the PEARL website for information http://pearl.open.ac.uk/
  • Access the WEA What Next? booklet here http://www.wea.org.uk/learn-wea/what-can-i-do-next
  • Some students feel ready to take more exams in the future. You can move onto another course to do a formal qualification.

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Midlands Engine Project ESOL

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Conditions

As a registered charity, and to meet our funders’ requirements, we need to check a few things with you before you book. Please could we ask that you check the list below to ensure you meet our basic criteria:

  • You are paying the standard fee (with a credit or debit card) or you are on any of the qualifying benefits
  • You have a valid email address so that you can receive confirmation of your booking
  • You have been resident in the UK, EU or EEA for the last 3 years
  • You are aged 19 years or older on 1st September 2018
  • You have read and accept our standard terms and conditions

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