English for Speakers of Other Languages qualifications, also known as ESOL, will enable you to develop the skills and confidence required to use English in your studies or future employment.
There are no specific entry requirements for ESOL courses.
In Reading, students will be expected to access a variety of texts and use text analysis to evaluate these.
Writing skills covered will be from simple compositions of 50 words or less, up to more complex compositions of 240-260 words. You will be writing in different forms such as letters, articles and reports in both formal and informal styles.
Speaking and Listening covers functional skills such as speaking to engage in discussion, speaking to gain information, listening for specific detail and giving presentations.
Learning English as a second language will involve developing core skills such as reading, writing, speaking and listening. In addition to these key skills, it will be important to develop grammatical accuracy, spelling proficiency and functional language skills.
Initial diagnostic and formative assessments will be used throughout the course, leading to an externally set, internationally recognised exam. Internal assessment will take place at Level 2 in all four skill areas.
The College’s E6 Programme integrates opportunity into academic study to help you decide your next steps. Alongside with the academic curriculum of English and maths development, there are opportunities to participate in our E6 Programme which allows for advancement in Employability; Exercise; Enterprise; Exploration and Extension activities, as well as developing Citizenship skills. You will be able to update your CV, prepare for interviews and develop many of the other skills needed for life after College.
Learning English as a second language and developing proficient acquisition will put you in an excellent position to progress onto Level 2 and Level 3 courses, which will in turn provide pathways to reach professional ambitions or further education to pursue a variety of careers.
In addition to ESOL courses, Level 1 Functional Skills and City & Guilds classes support our numeracy and literacy aims. There are possibilities for some ESOL students to enrol on another GCSE course through the Adult Education programme. At Level 2 there are opportunities to access some BTEC Level 2 courses in Business, ICT, Creative Media and Health & Social Care.
After initial assessments and class placement you will start to develop your language skills and prepare for summative exams during the summer term. There will be opportunities to take mock ESOL exams at the end of each term.