ESOL (English for Speakers of Other Languages)
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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:
- 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 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.
My experience at South Downs has been decent, I’ve met lots of people, its been great to be honest, I’ve really enjoyed it.Oliver Smith, A Level student
The teaching and support was absolutely brilliant, they couldn’t have done anything more or anything better, if I had any questions my lecturers would always stay behind to help me if I needed it and their emails were always open, it was second to none. South Downs College is the best by far.Amber Searle, BTEC student
I focused and worked hard to get the grades. I had some support from my lecturer during a stressful time. South Downs College is really good and supportive.Natasha Boerer, BTEC student
Following completion of ESOL Level 2 you can move onto a GCSE English Programme, Apprenticeship or other college programme.