English for Speakers of other Languages (ESOL) ~ Spring Term 2013

The aim of this course is to improve students’ listening/speaking, reading/writing skills of English language and to prepare them to take C&G ESOL Assessment. I will teach the students how to ask and give information at work, at shops, at the surgery, at the library, bus/train station etc. Students will learn how to use Past Simple, and Present Simple.

They will learn how to fill the forms, write letters, and short texts. They will learn to read different texts from different sources, such as leaflets, tickets, books, etc. Course is differentiated, all levels are welcomed.

Tutor: Zara Handley
Venue: WEA Training Room, 31 Hungerhill Road, NG3 4NB
Date: Tuesday 8th January 2013
Time: 12pm -2pm
12 Sessions
Fee: £55.00 –  Fee Waived for those on income related benefits or low income

Topics to be covered (for entry levels)

1 session- Course will begin with filling the enrolment papers, and information about WEA and health and safety issues.

2 session – Initial assessments

3 session- Personal Information (all levels)

4 session-  Entry levels- My Family; Present simple; L1- Passive voice

5 session-  My daily routines; Applying for a job;

6 session- Midcourse Review, practice exam papers will be used for E2 learners

7 session- Different kind of jobs

8 session- Describing people, qualifications, diplomas;

9 session- Past perfect tense form

10 session –BBC news

12 session- Final review

(for level1 and 2)- practice on line for exam or using CD; research on line for presentations and reports; BBC skillwise for reading skills; linking words; terminologies and synonyms;

Learning outcomes

As a result of attending this course it may be possible for you to:

    • Learners will be learning new vocabulary related to the topic at each session
    • Describe your day using Past simple, Present Simple, Learn about countries in the UK and compare it to one from your own country
    • Learn how to describe people, their appearance, personality and ability using different kind of adjectives.
    • Learn about different jobs in the UK, improve your job vocabulary and also how to describe the jobs.
    • Learn how to get and give information on the phone
    • Read brochures and leaflets from community centres, such as bus time tables etc.

 Teaching methods, learning activities

Students will be learning four skills of particular topic in one session. They will be listening to listening tasks and role-play for speaking.

They will be reading several of texts, including brochures, leaflets, college prospectus, newspaper advertisement, etc.

Visual aids, grammar worksheet will be used, handouts will be used.

Students will be using the Internet for support learning.

They will be introduced the writing frames for writing tasks, such as, forms, application, letter layout, etc.

Learners will be encouraged to do activities in smaller groups as well as with whole group. They will be doing research for their descriptive talk about different topics (health or education system in your country, etc.)

Move on practice literacy tests will be used in every lesson to prepare Fara for exam

Assessment methods

Through quizzes, discussions, learner presentations and a variety of set assignments, the tutor will ensure that learners are making progress. Online assessments may be used in this course.

Previous learning required

Everyone is welcome and no previous knowledge is assumed. (delete if inappropriate or add appropriate requirements of your own)

Essential materials or equipment 

CD player, Internet access, handouts, worksheet, learning games, flipchart, whiteboard, students’ files, course files, leaflets, brochures from sport centres, libraries, bus time tables, tickets.

Where the course may lead

The tutor can provide you with information about what you can do next with the WEA and other local providers. A Giving Information and Advice county leaflet is available with useful local information. What Next? leaflets are available from your tutor or programme organiser to help you with your choices. If you would like to discuss what options are available or how to obtain guidance, please contact your programme organiser.


Add names of books you think would be useful for students if you want to.

Any children’s books to help to improve reading skills at home. ( available in local libraries);

Move on tests book and CD for practicing at home;

Course books such as “Headway”, “Cutting Edge”.

Financial help

If you need help with paying for fees or childcare, you may be entitled to financial support. Ask your tutor or programme organiser for more information. We will treat all requests confidentially and with respect in accordance with our Learner Support Policy (see Services for Learners leaflet).

Help with learning

If you have a disability or learning difficulty, let us know as early as possible so that we can make arrangements to provide you with support. We will treat requests for help confidentially and with respect. Ask your tutor for more information. If you prefer, contact your Regional Office and ask to speak to someone about learning support (see Services for Learners leaflet).

Help with English, Maths or Study Skills

You are also entitled to extra help and support with English, Maths or Study Skills. Ask your tutor for more information. If you prefer, contact your Regional Office and ask to speak to someone about help with English, Maths or Study Skills.

Sound interesting?
Please contact Caroline on 0115 985 8203 or email

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