What is an ESOL course?
The best way to learn or improve your English is to take an English for Speakers of Other Languages course, often known as ESOL. Learning English or improving upon what you already know can be extremely useful if you plan on studying or working in the UK. English is the official language of more countries than any other language and is one of the world’s most widely spoken languages by native speakers and as a second language. ESOL courses suit the needs of every student skillset and every ESOL course can be tailored for you. An ESOL teacher will examine your foundational knowledge of English and provide you with the right material so you can achieve the best results.
What is covered in an ESOL Course?
ESOL teachers and tutors understand that every student is different and will deliver language teaching based on your specific needs and abilities. For example, higher level students who already have a foundational knowledge of English language will want to understand verb tenses and the finer points of grammar whereas students with little or no English skills at all will want to learn the language that will face them in real-life situations. English Study Breaks can help determine your current English language skills and give you help and advice in choosing the right course for you.
ESOL courses typically include lessons on:
• Working in the UK, typical workplace environments and what language is commonly used in business situations.
• Health and wellbeing, for example what you would need to know if you were ordering a prescription or visiting a doctor.
• Living in the community, offering real life situations and language which is needed in everyday life. This can range from a local shop to more social events such as a trip to the cinema or a restaurant.
• Educational language and a typical ‘textbook’ tuition of English taught in schools and educational institutions.
General ESOL courses are widely available from colleges and learning providers across the UK. A range of tailored courses are available which cover all elements of the English language, including reading, writing, speaking and listening with higher level students also covering spelling, grammar and punctuation in more detail.
Once your ESOL teacher has assessed your ability, they will suggest a course that is suitable to you. Your class will include peers of a similar ability and the teaching will be relaxed but informative. Each ESOL course is dedicated to individual student requirements and provides tailored support through your development of the English language.
What qualifications will I earn?
ESOL courses are available from entry level 1, 2 and 3. Once you have completed a level 1 course you can go on to study level 2 or 3. As you have completed your ESOL qualification you will be able to demonstrate your ability to communicate in English which will give you the ability to work or study further in any English speaking country or environment. Many teachers can also write you formal letters which will acknowledge your completion of the course and which level you have completed, however this does depend on the level of ESOL course and the place of study.
What do I need to study an ESOL course?
If you wish to study in the UK and you are not a citizen of the European Union you will need to apply for a UK student visa. There are different types of student visas available for the UK, each with their own conditions and restrictions. The UK government welcomes world-wide learners, and there is no limit on the number of student visas that can be issued. Each year, thousands of international students successfully gain a visa to study in the United Kingdom. To find out more information on UK student visa visit GOV.UK.