ESOL (English for Speakers of Other Languages)

Various Levels

ESOL students listening to lecturer

Availability & Details

ESOL (Alton - part-time) AP-ESOLNO-D(0000)000

Venue
Alton Campus

Type of study
Part-Time

Dates
Academic Year 2021-22 (1 years)


Overview

If English is not your first language then ESOL classes could help you to become better at communicating in English in everyday life.

ESOL classes are available to anyone over the age of 16 who does not have English as a first language. They will help you to improve your Reading, Writing and Speaking and Listening, in English.

No prior qualifications are required.

You will be encouraged to undertake a range of tasks in a small classroom environment with support from the teacher in preparation for moving you through the level and preparing you for the exam at the end of the course.

Topics you may cover include:

  • Health
  • Travel and transport
  • Shopping and food
  • Education systems in the UK
  • Topics that relate to Citizenship

Following the initial assessment to identify your level, you will then work on your English skills at the appropriate level.

  • Use different styles of writing and punctuate correctly
  • Write in complete sentences and spell correctly using a variety of techniques
  • Use format and structure for different purposes
  • Present information appropriately
  • Use correct grammar and punctuation
  • Scan different texts to locate information
  • Obtain specific information from a text and decode words
  • Read and recognise sentence structures and recognise different purposes of texts
  • Follow a narrative, skim read and identify main points within a text
  • Recognise and understand organisational features
  • Support arguments with evidence and make relevant contributions in discussions
  • Listen and respond appropriately to information
  • Read and recognise vocabulary relating to everyday topics

There are three exams at the end of each level –
– Reading
– Writing and Speaking
– Listening

Exams can be taken at various times throughout the course and your teacher will discuss with you the best time for you to sit the exam.

Following the completion of ESOL Level 2, you can move onto a GCSE English qualification or Apprenticeship.


The teaching and support was really great, the quality was really great, all the teachers really care about your education as well as your wellbeing, they take everything into consideration and they’re great.

Katie Whittingham, A Level student

I overcame a couple of barriers by working really hard to get the top grades. My experience was really good, with the course and the lecturers, the residentials and activities, together it was all really good. I had really great teaching support, I could always go to the lecturers and speak to them if I needed to.

David Stenning, Public Services student

There are lots of people at the college, each studying a diverse range of courses, people from all different areas come to study here, it creates a sense of community, there is a huge social aspect to college life across all courses.

Lee Backhouse, BTEC student