English for Speakers of other Languages (ESOL) ~ Autumn Term 2014


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 in 4 skills. 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. Group is differentiated and all levels are welcomed. Pre E learners with learning difficulty will be supported by one to one tutor.

: Zara Handley
Venue: WEA Training Room, Unit 2 John Folman Business Centre, 31 Hungerhill Road, NG3 4NB
Venue Tel: 01159 858203
Date: Tuesday 16th September 2014 – 24th March 2015
Time: 12pm-2pm
Duration: 22  Sessions
Fee: £165.55 –  Fee Waived for those on income related benefits or low income

Course aims

·        At the end of the course learners will be able to know how NHS works in the UK, how to register with surgery;

·       Learner will learn how to register their children at school and how education system works in the UK;

·       Learners will be able to make a dialogue in the ticket office or on the phone to buy the right ticket for their journey;

Learners will learn special autumn days and festivals in the UK.

Topics to be covered
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;

5 session-  My daily routines;

6 session- Midcourse Review, practice exam for all accredited learners

7 session- Different kind of jobs

8 session- Education system in the UK

9 session- Buying a ticket at the station

10 session- NHS system in the UK

11 session- Tradition of Christmas

12 session- Final review/ exam to take
Learning outcomes
As a result of this course it  may be possible for you to:


Learners will be learning new vocabulary related to the topic at each session
Learners will be able to speak and write descriptive topics using different types of tenses and grammar structures.
Learners will improve their fluency in English and will have better command of English language.
Learn how to get and give information on the phone
Read brochures and leaflets from community centres, such as bus time tables etc.
Learners will improve their personal confidence which enable them to deal with their daily life requirements independently.
Every lesson will teach learners Equality and Diversity in UK which enables learners settlement in the UK easier.

Teaching/learning methods
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 simplified brochures, leaflets, college prospectus, newspaper advertisement, etc.

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

Pre Entry learners will be using magnetic letters of alphabet to memorize;

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. Group work, pair work, and individual work will be used nearly in every session; Practicing learning on Internet ESOL sites will be widely used; Videos, news, pictures from Internet might be used for learning purposes;
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. Initial assessments will be used at the beginning of the course to find out learners’ level; Midcourse Review session will be held during the 6th session to check learners’ progress; Final assessments will be held at the last session to check the achievements;

Previous learning required
No previous experience necessary

Recommended books, materials or equipment
Learners may also find it helpful to have a wallet folder to store handouts and own notes, as well as to store writing materials.

CD player,  handouts, worksheet, learning games, flipchart, whiteboard, students’ files, course files, leaflets, brochures from sport centre, libraries, bus time tables, tickets, magnetic letters;

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”.
Citizenship materials for ESOL learners
Internet sites for ESOL

Please indicate further activities to which the course could lead, eg progress to an improvers’ course, join a relevant club or society, home study using relevant internet sites or publish work.

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.

Financial help
If you need help with paying for registration fees or childcare, you may be entitled to financial support. Ask your tutor 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 you 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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