First Steps to ESOL

Ref: C3126663

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
  • You will be encouraged to learn new words during each session to widen your vocabulary, use interactive activities and learn beyond the classroom

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 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 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
  • A file of work will be kept which will help to record your progress
  • All files on individual students learning are kept confidentially. 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 qualification.

Download full course information sheet

First Steps to ESOL


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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