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ESOL – English for Speakers of Other Languages

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.

Entry Requirements

No prior qualifications are required.

All learners will undertake an assessment with an experienced member of the Skills for Life team who will identify which level you are working towards. (There are 5 different levels) We will then discuss the different classes that are available to you depending on your personal circumstances and time commitments.

Course Content

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.

How will I be taught?

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 Transports
– Shopping and Food
– Education systems in the UK
– Topics that relate to Citizenship

How will I be assessed?

There are 3 exams at the end of each level. Reading, Writing and Speaking and 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.

Will I need any extra equipment?

You will need:
– A4 folder
– Paper
– Pen and Pencil

What qualifications will I get?

Cambridge Award in ESOL (Skills for Life)

What will it allow me to do in the future?

Following completion of ESOL Level 2 you can move onto a GCSE English Programme, Apprenticeship or other college programme.

Course Information

Classes take place at the main college campus and a range of different venues across the local area and Portsmouth. This means that there could be a class running near to your home.

We can also support with Childcare costs if required.

ESOL classes have fees attached which vary depending on the course you attend. If you receive benefits then you may be entitled to free classes. Confirmation of your benefit will be required at your assessment along with your identity card or passport with visa details.

This course information is accurate at the time of publishing but is subject to change. For further advice or guidance, please contact 023 9279 7979 and ask for Admissions.

Further Information

Please contact 023 9279 7979 and ask for Admissions.


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