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ESOL (English as a Second or Other Language)

About the course

ESOL is all about integration and inclusivity. You will have the opportunity to make new friends and learn more about British culture and values. You will be part of a welcoming and diverse community. It will increase your confidence in speaking, writing and reading English. It will develop your language and communication skills and give you the life and work skills you need to progress to other programmes at the College and into employment. You can enrol throughout the year and will be entered for nationally recognised assessments when you are ready.

Entry requirements

Suitable for those who speak English as a second/other language and who are at beginner level to upper intermediate level.

How much does it cost?

There is a range of financial support that you may be entitled to, including: Learner Support funds, grants and bursaries and employer support.

Why study?

There are opportunities to take part in regular sporting activities organised by the College. We also organise trips to places of national interest. Recently our learners went punting in Cambridge and visited Woburn Safari Park.

The ESOL courses will allow students to develop language skills essential for further study and smooth integration into British society. Students are also part of a greater community and engage in extra curricular activities that enable them to build life skills and strong friendships.

We invite guest speakers to talk on topics such as 'Staying Safe on the Streets', Drug Awareness and work experience opportunities.

Entry 3 and Level 1 learners will have the opportunity to study for a Level 1 Award in British Values as part of the study programme.

Where will this course take me?

Upon completion of Entry 3 or L1 provision you can progress onto other vocational or academic areas within the college which will lead onto a range of careers or higher education.

A number of ESOL learners completed work experience in the gardening department at Sawbridgeworth Council and at the British Heart Foundation shops in Harlow.

We have strong links with Essex County Council, Sawbridgeworth Council and British Heart Foundation.

Core modules

  • Reading
  • Writing
  • Speaking and listening
  • Maths.

Optional modules

How will I be assessed?

Reading and writing assessments are based on understanding and reproducing texts from familiar, everyday formats such as appointment letters and newspaper articles.

Speaking assessments are conducted by your course tutor and take the form of discussions and individual speaking tasks.

At L1, learners are required to give presentations on a suitable topic.

Certificates will be issued by a nationally recognised awarding body.

I'm interested. What should I do now?

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