ESOL speaking and listening: entry 1 (for speakers of other languages)
This pre elementary course will help you develop your English reading, writing, speaking and listening skills. You will take the speaking and listening exam and have the opportunity to complete the full entry 1 certificate by progressing onto 'ESOL reading and writing entry 1' in February. We aim to prioritise places for adults permanently settled in the UK.

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Dates: 23 Sep 13 - 07 Feb 14
Day(s): Mon+Fri
Time: 10:00 - 12:30
Full fee: £272
Senior fee: £272
Concession: £31
Venue: KS - Keeley Street  View location
Duration: 17 weeks
Course code: ES101

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    What is the course about?
    This course will give you confidence using English for work, study and socialising. You will develop your English language skills in writing, reading, speaking and listening. You will take the entry 1 Cambridge ESOL Speaking and Listening exam.

    What topics will we cover?
    Your tutor will decide from a range of topics, and ask you what topics you want to cover. Topics include:
    - daily life
    - likes and dislikes
    - shopping, food, local transport
    - the neighbourhood
    - friends and family
    - the home & work
    - travel
    Citizenship is included in the course.

    By the end of this course you should be able to:
    - introduce yourself
    - ask for and give personal information
    - write simple sentences
    - use full stops and capital letters
    - spell key words
    - recognise and use new words
    - complete simple forms
    - ask for things and for information
    - give and ask for simple directions and instructions
    - use present tenses
    - begin to talk about the future
    - read and write days of the week, months of the year, numbers 1- 20
    - write notes for people
    - read simple texts

    You will also begin to use a computer keyboard, do interactive language activities on the computer and write some information using Word.

    What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?
    This is a course for beginners and is taught at Entry 1.
    To do the course you need to be able to:
    - write the letters of the Roman alphabet
    - begin to say and spell your name and address
    - recognise some signs and written words
    - follow simple spoken instructions

    It is useful to have basic computer skills (use a mouse, use enter and letter keys).

    How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?
    Class work will be in pairs, small groups and as a whole group. Your tutor will also work with you individually. There will be reading, writing, speaking and listening activities, and games. DVDs, the interactive whiteboard and computers will help your learning. There will be a small amount of homework after every lesson.

    Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?
    You will need a pen, some lined A4 paper and a file to keep your work in. Your tutor will provide handouts and worksheets.

    Do I need to have an interview before I can enrol?
    Yes. Before you can enrol on this course, you need to have an advisory interview with the relevant department. Without this the enrolment team will be unable to process your enrolment. Please contact the department to arrange your interview, or to find out about drop-in sessions.

    What feedback will I get?
    You will receive regular feedback from your tutor throughout the course, as and when appropriate. At the end of the course you and your tutor are asked to assess the progress you have made. Your tutor will give you verbal feedback as a group during the session, and written feedback on the paper exercises you do. You will decide individual learning goals with your tutor and see your progress over the term by keeping a folder of work.

    How will I be able to give my views on the course?
    Please complete the evaluation form at the end of your course. These are monitored and help us to continually improve our courses. You will be able to talk to your tutor in one to one meetings about your learning (tutorials) or ask to speak to the tutor. Your tutor will ask for your feedback as a group at different times during the session and in course reviews. You will be able to formally record your views on the course at the end.

    How do I find out if I can get some support for my learning?
    You may be interested in: education and careers advice; financial and childcare support; disability support; support for Deaf and hearing-impaired students; dyslexia support; English and maths support; counselling, and library services (supported learning centre). To find out what may be available to you, and how to apply, see page 278 of the 13/14 course guide, or visit You can discuss any support you need at the assessment and enrolment session or with your tutor during the course.

    When I've finished, what course can I do next?
    You will take the entry 1 Speaking and Listening exam and have the opportunity to complete the full entry 1 certificate by going onto ESOL Reading and Writing entry 1 (ES102) in February.

    General information and advice on courses at City Lit is available from the Information and Advice Shop, open Monday to Friday 12:00 – 19:00 during term time, and Monday to Friday 12:00 – 17:00 out of term time. See the course guide for term dates and further details.

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