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ESOL Courses (English for Speakers of Other Languages)

Course Overview

Our ESOL courses can help you if English is not your first language and you live in the UK or are seeking asylum.

These classes will help you speak more confidently, study for qualifications and find a job. You’ll learn to communicate in English through speaking, listening and reading and writing with other people who are also keen to learn.

Our ESOL courses are offered at 3 levels (Entry Level 1 to Entry Level 3) so there is a course to suit you. We will ask you to do a short assessment before you start so we can put you on the right course for you. Please see the guide to levels below.

The course covers:

  • Reading
  • Writing
  • Listening and speaking
  • Grammar
  • Vocabulary

Where do these courses take place?

We run ESOL courses at the following locations:

Aim Skills Development
South Mitcham Community Centre
Haslemere Ave
Aim Skills Development
New Horizon Centre
South Lodge Avenue
Pollards Hill
Aim Skills Development
170 Harold Road
Upton Park
E13 0SE

How much do the courses cost?

If you are a UK/EU national or have Indefinite Leave to Remain and are in receipt of any of these benefits:

  1. Child tax credit
  2. Working tax credit
  3. Universal credit
  4. Job seekers allowance
  5. Employers support allowance) these courses are free of charge

Entry requirements

You will need to have a basic understanding of the alphabet and writing letters. Before you enrol, you’ll have a short assessment to help us determine which level is right for you. If you have any ESOL qualifications from the last three years, please bring your certificates with you.

Our ESOL Classes will:

  • Increase your confidence in speaking and writing English.
  • Develop your language and communication skills
  • Give you the life and work skills you need to progress

You can also complete Maths and ICT alongside these courses if you choose

Where will this course take me?

Once you have completed Entry 3 you can progress onto other vocational courses which will help you in your career or higher education.

How will I be assessed?

You will be assessed at the centre by your tutor/assessor

What will I receive on completion?

You will receive a nationally recognised qualification confirming your skills, ability and knowledge of the English language

What are the hours and times?

We have flexible hours and times to suit all learners. We offer day and evening classes to find out more please contact us on 020 3903 9219 or 020 8552 5684

Guide to Levels

You are at Entry 1 level if you:

  • Know the alphabet
  • Can write basic sentences and read very short texts
  • Can speak giving basic information about yourself.

You are at Entry 2 level if you can:

  • Write long sentences and read simple passages
  • Read and use the past tense
  • Speak giving detailed information about yourself
  • Speak using the past tense.

You are at Entry 3 level if you can:

  • Form more complicated sentences
  • Read more complex texts using different tenses and grammar
  • Express your opinions and debate on numerous topics.

Apply now for ESOL

Thank you for your interest in the ESOL course. Please answer the following questions:

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Funding is subject to eligibility – please contact us to find out more.