English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) Level 1 Reading

Ref: C2342662

This course will bring together everything you have learned at Entry level, and enable you to read confidently in a wide range of everyday and formal situations. We will look at how paragraphs and punctuation can aid understanding. We will develop skills to predict the meaning of a text, using vocabulary, grammatical features, and indirect cues.

Course aim

This course will build on the reading skills you learned at Entry 3. This course leads to a City & Guilds Level 1 Reading qualification.

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 should be using different reading techniques to help you find information in a wide range of texts. You must be able to identify the purpose, and intended audience for different types of text.

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

  • Explain how the choice of language and features of a text are used to achieve different purposes e.g. instruct, explain, describe, persuade.
  • Use an appropriate technique (skimming, scanning or detailed) for different reading situations.
  • Recognise and understand an increasing range of vocabulary, applying knowledge of word structure, related words, word roots, derivatives and borrowed words from other languages.
  • Identify the tone of a text from the vocabulary, e.g. formal/informal, humorous/serious, personal/impersonal.
  • Recognise and use a range of synonyms and antonyms, to express variation in meaning.

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

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
  • The tutor will also explain what the exam will be like, and they will give you plenty of practice so you know what to expect.

What else do I need to know?

  • 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
  • No pre reading is required but research on the subject on the internet or in the library may be helpful
  • It is useful if you are already reading a range of texts in English (e.g. fiction, non-fiction, news, instructions)

What can I do next?

Download full course information sheet

English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) Level 1 Reading


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 2019
  • You have read and accept our standard terms and conditions

Not sure or have further questions? Contact courseenquiries@wea.org.uk

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