The English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) programme is designed for adult (16+) who are living or trying to settle in England. The courses aim to enhance listening, speaking, reading, writing and understanding of the English language, at any level of knowledge.
Benefits of doing ESOL courses
ESOL courses are designed to help you improve your level of English to get more out of your life in England, so you can be able to:
• Talk to doctors, teachers, or shop assistants
• Fill in administrative forms
• Understand laws and customs
• Help your children with homework
• Study or train for a qualification
• Look for employment or apply for citizenship
What will you learn?
All courses follow the Cambridge ESOL Skills for Life examination system and you will be taught all four skills of language learning: Speaking, Listening, Reading and Writing. You will be required to do homework and to study outside of class time, as this is an important part of the learning.
How will you be assessed?
ESOL courses are offered at 5 different levels to meet the specific needs of learners and the educational background at which they start.
You will firstly have an interview with a tutor and take an Initial Assessment test to determine your overall level of English. You will then have a diagnostic test to see the areas of the language that you need most help with.
You will then be put into the most suitable class for your level:
• Entry 1 Basic
• Entry 2 Elementary
• Entry 3 Pre-Intermediate
• Level 1 Intermediate
• Level 2 Higher Intermediate
At the end of the course students will need to sit a mandatory examination, the Cambridge ESOL Skills for Life Certificate. The tutor will decide with you which level of exam you will take.
How long is the course?
All courses last for 10 weeks. Students must attend the whole course and should not take any holidays during this time. If you are not sure that you can attend for 10 weeks, you must let the tutor know at the interview.
What can you do after this course?
•You can progress on to the next level.
• To carry on to further education or university, or if your job requires a certificate of competence in English, you may progress to the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) course, which measures the ability to communicate in English and is widely recognised by universities and employers in many countries.
• After attending ESOL classes you may wish to enrol on another course at Colchester Language Academy to gain a vocational or academic qualification.