ESOL Skills for Life (19yrs and over)

The ESOL (English for Speakers of Other Languages) Skills for Life programme is for adults aged 19 years and over who wish to make their home in this country - for example, settled immigrant communities, refugees, asylum seekers and migrant workers.

Improve your English language skills and your prospects in the heart of Kingston-upon-Thames. ESOL classes are run at all levels from Pre-Entry, Entry 1, Entry 2, Entry 3, Pre-Level 1, Level 1 and Level 2. Kingston College can offer you:

  • Qualified, subject-specialist and experienced teachers
  • Outstanding achievement rates in ESOL
  • Learning is active, challenging and interesting
  • College rated 'Good' by OFSTED
  • Regular one to one support with tutor
  • Support and guidance are available when you apply until when you complete the course
  • Excellent progression opportunities
  • A great opportunity to make new friends from all over the world
  • Convenient central Kingston location

Testimonials

Find out here what our students are saying about the ESOL Course at Kingston College:

"I would recommend the ESOL course at Kingston College to anyone who wants to improve their English skills. My aim is to go to university in the UK so joining the ESOL classes was the best possible option – the teachers are brilliant and the way they teach is really engaging but challenging at the same time! I have now been accepted onto an Access to Computing course & GCSEs which is fantastic as I am a step closer to achieving my dream. The ESOL course is for anyone who wants to be taught by helpful and approachable teachers who will guide you towards higher education or employment".

from Iran

"I have had an amazing experience as an ESOL student at Kingston College. The facilities are great – the Gym, the Learning Resource Centre and the Beauty Salon are all available for students to use.

The ESOL teachers are very friendly, helpful and resourceful as they are not only teachers but great advisers who dedicate their time and attention to every single student.

I have successfully completed the ESOL Level 2 course which has given me the skills and confidence to communicate with different people in different circumstances – at work, in the bank or in the shop!"

from Chile 

Course Content

  • Entry Level 1, 2, 3, Level 1 and Level 2 Speaking & Listening:

    Learners will be given tuition in speaking and listening skills, grammar and vocabulary based on the ESOL Skills for Life Core Curriculum.  Learners will take the Trinity ESOL Skills for Life Speaking and Listening examination.

  •  Entry Level 1, 2, 3, Level 1 and Level 2 Reading:

    This course is aimed at improving students` reading skills, grammar and vocabulary based on the ESOL Skills for Life Core Curriculum. Learners will take the Pearson EDEXCEL Skills for Life Reading Exam. 

  • Entry Level 1, 2, 3, Level 1 and Level 2 Writing:

    This course is aimed at improving students` writing skills, grammar and vocabulary based on the ESOL Skills for Life Core Curriculum. Learners will    take the Pearson EDEXCEL Skills for Life Writing Exam. 

  • Pre-Entry:

    This is a beginners course for learners with very low literacy level. This course will prepare you to progress onto Entry Level 1 once you have improved your confidence and literacy skills.

  • Pre-Level 1: 

    This course is designed to bridge the gap between Entry Level 3 and Level 1. If you have achieved ESOL Entry 3 but don't feel you are ready to move on to Level 1 yet this course is for you!

You will have one to one tutorial time with your teacher as part of our personalised learning approach whereby you will be set SMART targets, receive individual support and constructive feedback which will take your strengths and weaknesses into account.

Entry Requirements

This course requires a high level of commitment inside and outside the classroom. You will be expected to attend all classes and take a compulsory exam.

You must meet at least one of the following criteria to be eligible for this course: 

  • Those with settled status in the UK i.e. indefinite leave to enter or remain or Right of Abode
  • British Citizen or EEA migrant workers/spouses (resident in the EEA for three years) 
  • Those with recognised refugee status 
  • Those with humanitarian protection/discretionary or exceptional leave to remain (Asylum Seekers - minimum residence in the UK for six months with application for residency in process)

Please bring proof of nationality/status such as your passport/Home Office papers/ID card with you on enrolment/testing days. 

If you are in receipt of any benefits please bring evidence of this which must be dated within the last six months to be eligible for the subsidised fee. Please see the Additional Information tab below to check if the student is entitled to a course funded by the Adult Education Budget.

Duration and Delivery

ESOL Speaking & Listening, Reading and Writing courses (11 weeks, 8 hours per week) - £475 (funding is available, please see Additional Information) + £30 course book.

Academic Year 2018-2019 (10 weeks of tuition + 1 week of individual tutorials = 11 weeks)

Term 1: 17th September 2018 - 7th December 2018 (half-term break 22-26 October 18)

MAIN ENROLMENT PERIOD FOR TERM 2: 10th - 21st December 18

Term 2: 7th January 2019 - 29th March 2019 (half-term break 18 - 22 February 19)

MAIN ENROLMENT PERIOD FOR TERM 3: 1st - 5th April 19

Term 3: 22nd April 2019 - 12th July 2019 (half-term break 27 - 31 May 19) 

Timetable

Class

Time/Days

Pre Entry 

A

Tue & Wed 09:30-14:30

 

B

Wed & Thu 09:00 - 12:45

  C

Tue & Wed 09:00 - 12:45

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Entry 1 (E1)-CEFR A1 E1 A

 

Mon  10:30-12:45, Thu & Fri 09:15-12:45

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Entry 1(E1)-CEFR A1 E1 B

Mon, Tue, Wed & Thu 13:30-15:40

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Entry 2(E2)-CEFR A1-A2 E2 A

Tue & Wed 09:15-12:45, Friday 09:15-11:30

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Entry 2(E2)-CEFR A1-A2

E2 B

 

Mon, Tue, Wed & Fri  13:30-15:40

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Entry 2(E2)-CEFR A1-A2 E2 C

 

Mon 10:30-12:45, Thu & Fri  09:15-12:45

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Entry 3(E3)-CEFR A2-B1

E3 A

 

Mon  10:30-12:45, Tue & Wed  09:15-12:45

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Entry 3(E3)-CEFR A2-B1 E3 B

 

Mon, Tue, Wed & Fri 13:30-15:40

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Entry 3(E3)-CEFR A2-B1 E3 C

 

Mon, Tue, Wed & Thu       09:15-11:30

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Pre-Level 1

 

 

Tue 13:30-15:40, Wed & Fri 13:30-17:00

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Level 1 (L1)-CEFR B1-B2  L1 A

 

Wed & Thu 09:15-12:45, Fri   10:30-12:45

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Level 1 (L1)-CEFR B1-B2

L1 B

 

Mon, Tue, Wed & Thu 13:30-15:40

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Level 2 (L2)-CEFR B2  L2

 

Tue & Wed 09:15-12:45, Friday   10:30-12:45

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Entry Level 2 or Entry Level 3   Functional Skills ICT

 

Tue 10:15-12:30        

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Entry Level 2 or Entry Level 3   Functional Skills Maths

 

Wed 10:15-12:30       

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Entry Level 2 or Entry Level 3   Functional Skills Maths

 

Fri 13:30-15:45       

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Functional Skills maths and IT classes are offered for our ESOL learners. Please visit the School Office for more information.

Please apply online and you will be invited to do a placement test to assess your level of English. Be prepared to come with evidence of your eligibility (see Additional Information) for the subsidised fees or to pay if necessary as places on these courses are filled very quickly.

Progression

Successful completion of your chosen course may lead to further courses such as ESOL at the next level or employment.

Students who would like to continue to study English may consider applying for the following programmes:

Full Time EFL - English as a Foreign Language - 15 Hours a week (18 years and above)

Part Time EFL - English as a Foreign Language: Daytime (6 hours a week) or Evening (4 hours a week) (18 years and above)

Additional Information

Please apply for this course using the Apply Now button at the bottom of the page. On receipt of your application, we will send you an invitation to attend College for a test and interview to determine the level of course we can offer you.  

Students in receipt of one of the following benefits may be eligible for the course fees to be waived:

Student is unemployed and receiving the following benefits:

  1. Housing Benefit

  2. Income Support

  3. Council Tax Benefit

  4. Pension Credit

  5. NASS benefit

  6. Working tax Credit (Student`s partner works only, student is unemployed, valid for a year)

Student is either unemployed or working and receiving:

  1. JSA – Job Seekers Allowance

  2. ESA – Employment Support Allowance

All letters/evidence must be dated within the last six months of the course start date. Student must be named on all letters.

Student is working but on a low income :

  1. Student needs to supply a wage slip dated no more than 3 months before the start date of the course.

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