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Whether you want to find a job or just talk with people around you, our ESOL courses will give you the reading, writing, speaking and listening skills you need. You will develop your confidence and skills at your own speed in lively and friendly classes and give you the chance to get a recognised qualification.
Learners will continue to develop both speaking and listening skills, along with reading and writing skills. However, the focus will be on achieving the course aims. There will also be a focus on local services, your local community, including radicalisation of UK citizens within the context of what constitutes citizenship within a democracy.
This course will focus on developing your speaking and listening skills. You will learn how to be able to follow the gist of verbal communication and engage in discussion. You will be able to use intonation and stress correctly and make your meaning clear. You will be able to present information logically and to ask questions of others. You will learn how to interrupt politely, and discuss feelings and express likes and dislikes, present opinions. You will expand your vocabulary on different topics, so you feel confident when listening to and engaging in discussions with others.
You should already possess E3 Functional Skills or E3 ESOL Writing qualification. PET (Preliminary English Test) or IELTs 4.5 will also be recognised as an appropriate entry qualification. Otherwise you will need to demonstrate your level at an initial assessment session before you begin this course.
You will need to bring a folder with dividers, along with lined paper, pens and highlighter pens. You should also bring a dictionary ( this can be an e-dictionary on your phone for example) However, as you cannot use a dictionary in your final exam, you should only use the dictionary as directed by your tutor as, for the most part, you will be using skills to decode unknown words – a key skill in reading.
The methods will be learner centred, often task based and often working in groups. You will write about a range of issues relevant to your needs to help you live in the community. There will be elements of peer learning and an expectation for high levels of independent learning using links on Moodle and other e-sources.
There is ongoing assessment, all assessments will be indicated on Moodle which you will have access to before the course begins and for a month after your course finishes. You will also be given a hard copy Topic List ( which will reflect the weeks on Moodle) which you can put in your class file to remind you when assessments are handed out and expected back in. Some assessments will happen in class time, these will be indicated on your topic list which will also be above week 1 on Moodle. Feedback on any written work will follow the PACA feedback policy and scheme. Your teacher will give you a copy of this. We will use your Initial Assessment before the class, and Diagnostic Assessment evidence collected in the first 2 weeks to plan your learning journey and negotiate individual targets. We will record and monitor this in your own ILP (Individual learning Plan).
There is an expectation that learners will engage in approximately 40 hours of independent study (4 hours per week) to successfully complete the course. We expect that if you miss a class that you catch up by looking at what work was covered on Moodle. We expect you to look at Moodle many times during the week, engaging in blogs and chat rooms as well as watching videos and engaging with other extension games and activities, which will be on Moodle to support your reading skills development.
After November 2015, only Secure English Language Tests (SELTs) will be accepted for settlement and naturalisation (citizenship) applications. This means that ESOL qualifications, including ESOL Skills for Life qualifications, will no longer be accepted.