English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL)

English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL)

The highly successful English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) programmes at Hugh Baird College are designed for adult (16+) speakers whose first language is not English, who are living or trying to settle in England.

The courses aim to develop listening, speaking, reading, writing and understanding of the English language, whatever the starting level of knowledge.

Who are the ESOL classes for?

English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) courses are for people who have a first language other than English and who live or work in the UK (subject to resident status).

Why do an ESOL course?

ESOL courses are designed to help you improve your level of English to get more out of your life in the U.K., and to make it easier to:

  • talk to doctors, teachers, bank or shop assistants
  • fill in administrative forms
  • understand laws and customs
  • help your children with homework
  • study or train for a qualification
  • look for employment or apply for citizenship

What will you learn?

All courses follow the national ESOL Skills for Life curriculum system and you will be taught all four skills of language learning: Speaking, Listening, Reading and Writing. You will sit an examination for each of these skills. You will be required to do homework and to study outside of class time, as this is an important part of the learning. You will have access to the College Learning Centre to use the computers for college work, to study in the library or to borrow books or magazines.

How will you be assessed?

ESOL courses are offered at 5 different levels to meet the specific needs of learners and the educational background at which they start. You will firstly have an interview with a tutor and take an Initial Assessment test to determine your overall level of English. You will then have a diagnostic test to see the areas of the language that you need most help with. You will then be put into the most suitable class for your level:

  1. Entry 1 (Basic)
  2. Entry 2 (Elementary)
  3. Entry 3 (Pre-Intermediate)
  4. Level 1 (Intermediate)
  5. Level 2 (Higher Intermediate)

A tutor will decide with you which level of exam you will take.

How long is this course?

Most classes run once a week, for 3 hours, morning or evening over 3 terms. Most students will take one exam each term.

What can you do after this course?

You can progress on to the next level. All courses last 10 weeks and students have the opportunity to enrol 3 times in one year- autumn, spring and summer terms.

After attending ESOL classes you may wish to enrol on another course at Hugh Baird College to gain a vocational or academic qualification.


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