ESOL: English for speakers of other languages
Who is this course for?
This course is for adults who speak English as a second language. The course will help you improve your English so that you can get more out of your life here in the UK. It will also help you if you want to go onto further studies or improve your employment prospects.
You must be eligible for the advertised course fee i.e. you must have been resident in an EU country for at least 3 years prior to joining the course.
The course covers:
speaking and listening
reading and writing
punctuation and grammar
The skills will be taught through a variety of engaging activities, such as role-plays, group discussions, online interactive exercises, language games and puzzles, reading comprehension exercises and more, all designed to suit a variety of learning styles. Your tutor will work closely with you to ensure that the course meets your requirements.
You will be learning in a small group of adult learners of different nationalities and different levels of ability and you will be working towards a City and Guilds ESOL Skills for Life qualification.
Support and feedback
At the start of your course you will complete initial and diagnostic assessments to establish your starting level. You will discuss your learning and personal goals with the tutor and you will both agree on learning targets suitable for you. This will help to measure your progress. You will be given feedback every week. Your progress and any areas needing more practice will be recorded in your Individual Learning Plan.
Additional costs and requirements
You will need a pen, a notebook or notepaper and a dictionary. A yellow highlighter and a folder to keep your work in might also be useful.
Will I have to do anything outside of the session?
You will need to do homework! Your tutor will give you activities to do in your own time and you will also be encouraged to use relevant websites for self-study activities. Remember that the more real practice you get outside the classroom the quicker you will improve your English.
About the tutor
Simonetta Cooke is an Area Tutor at The Kennaway Centre in Exmouth, where she currently teaches Functional English, GCSE English and ESOL courses. She has many years experience of teaching and has been teaching for Learn Devon for seven years.
Simonetta has a Masters Degree in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages from Birmingham University and a BA in English from Birmingham University. She also has a Postgraduate Teaching Certificate in Education and the Adult Literacy Specialist qualification.
“I believe that learning is keeping an open mind and being willing to explore something new. I think that my role as a teacher is to offer the support for this.”
Simonetta Cooke, Area Tutor (English and ESOL)