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ESOL SFL Entry Level 3 – Apr – Jul

Our English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) options are an excellent choice if you want to improve your English skills for day-to-day living in the United Kingdom

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Course Summary

Subject Area: ESOL (English for Speakers of Other Languages)
Adult and Community
Location: St James Centre
Full Time or Part Time: PT
Level: Entry
Number Of Years: 0
Interview Required?: N
Weeks: 11
Hours: 6.00
Start: Flexible
St James Centre

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Course Information for Students

Our English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) options are an excellent choice if you want to improve your English skills for day-to-day living in the United Kingdom, progress to study further, write your CV and improve your job opportunities, or apply to become a British citizen.

Your Derby College Group experience will be both inspiring and rewarding. You’ll benefit from a combination of classroom-based learning, group workshops, lectures, role play exercises, tutorials and guest speakers.

During your studies, you’ll receive support from an enthusiastic and encouraging team of staff with extensive experience of teaching English language to learners from around the world.

Classes – which range from pre-entry to Level 2 – are held in the mornings, afternoons and evenings. You will study for six hours per week: two three-hour classes or, at the beginner level, three two-hour classes. You will also have the opportunity to gain a nationally recognised qualification in ESOL.

Our ESOL classes are conveniently delivered in the heart of the community – at the St James Centre and Southgate Retail Park in Normanton, the most culturally and ethnically diverse neighbourhood of Derby. Some crèche places may be available at the St James Centre.

In addition to English, maths and digital skills can be studied at the St James Centre. Classes are streamed so you will learn at a pace that is right for you.

You will undertake an initial assessment and – based on your current language knowledge and skills – you will then be allocated to the right English class that will enable you to progress quickly and smoothly.

An ESOL course at our College can help you to improve your speaking, listening, reading and writing skills.

You will develop vital English skills which will help you in everyday life – making it much easier, for instance, for you to talk to doctors and teachers, to help your child with their homework, and to understand the laws and customs of the UK.

You will learn on-site

There are no additional costs.

Qualifications are obtained by completing:

  • A reading assessment
  • A writing assessment
  • A speaking and listening assessment

These awards can be completed once a term.

You can progress to further study or apply to become a British citizen.

For individuals wishing to move into higher education, Level 2 is accepted for entry to a range of courses (check with course providers for information on specific courses). 

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Course Information Last Updated On: November 1, 2023 2:02 pm