First Steps to ESOL

Ref: C3126949

We will learn to say and write letters in the English alphabet. We will use everyday situations like travel, shopping, health, family, area where you live etc. We will learn new words of vocabulary 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?

  • No skills or experience needed
  • This course is for beginners
  • This course is for people with very little or no English. You do not need any English for Speakers of Other Languages(ESOL) qualifications. When you 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 .

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

  • Write numbers , and letters of the alphabet using lower and upper care letters.
  • Spell common words.
  • Read common words , signs and symbols in everyday sitations.
  • Ask and answer questions about self.
  • 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
  • The tutor will use lots of different activities in the class, with examples from real life situations so you can try your new skills quickly and confidently. Everyone is encouraged to take part as much as you can. You will work in pairs and small groups and receive one to one support from tutor.

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
  • A file of work will be kept which will help to record your progress
  • Tutor will set you individual learning goals you can work towards. You will receive regular feedback on your progress. During lessons you will work on activities that help you to meet your individual learning goals. You will work on a range of activities that develop you speaking, listening, reading

What else do I need to know?

  • Official document showing the correct spelling of your name, address and date of birth. Please bring A4 paper pad or a note book , pen , pencil, rubber to every lesson. It is useful to have a folder to keep all your workheets. Bring a bilingual dictionary to learn new words when you are learning.

Pre-course work, reading and information sources

  • No pre reading or pre course work is required
  • Students are not required to do anything before the course starts.

What can I do next?

  • Progress to another WEA course
  • Your tutor will talk to you about what to do next after completing this course. Many students want want to continue learning after the course finishes to another course with WEA to further develop their ESOL and basic literacy skills. To communicate and some may want to work or do voluntary work.

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First Steps to ESOL

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This course is not available for online enrolment.


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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