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".

Student 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!"

Student 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. 

    Additional qualifications at Entry 3, Level 1 and Level 2.  Students at these levels will also have the opportunity to study the following qualifications as part of their ESOL course:

    Understanding British Values

    The Importance of Resilience and Grit

    Equality and Diversity

    Citizenship

    Mental Health and Well-being

    IT and maths Functional Skills for ESOL: This course is aimed at developing students’ numeracy and computing skills. Learners will sit Pearson EDEXCEL Functional Skills 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.
  • Bridging Class: This course is designed to bridge the gap between Entry Level, 2,  3 and Level 1. The main focus is to develop students’ literacy skills, vocabulary and overall confidence in speaking and writing. If you have achieved ESOL Entry 2 and/or Entry 3 but don’t feel 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)

You must be in good health as the course is very intensive and students must commit and fully participate.
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 (Entry 1,2,3 and Level 1&2), £350 (Pre-Entry level and Bridging Class) + £30 course book (funding is available, please see Additional Information). 

Academic Year 2019-2020 (10 weeks of tuition + 1 week of individual tutorials = 11 weeks)

 

Enrolment Dates for TERM 1: 2nd–13th September 2019

Autumn Term – 16th September – 13th December 2019
28th October and 19th December – College Staff Improvement Day – no lessons
Half-term break – 21st – 25th October 2019
Christmas holidays 23rd December 2019 – 5th January 2020

 

Enrolment Dates for TERM 2: 9th – 20th December 2019

Spring Term – 7th January – 27th March 2020
14th February – College Staff Improvement Day – no lessons
Half-term break - 17th - 21st February 2020
Easter holidays 6th – 17th April 2020

 

Enrolment Dates for TERM 3: 23rd March – 3rd April 2020

Summer Term – 20th April – 10th July 2020
29th June and 2nd July – College Staff Improvement Day – no lessons
8th May – Bank Holiday
Half-term break – 25th – 29th May 2020

 

Timetable

Class

Time/Days

Pre Entry

A

Tue & Wed 09:15-12:45

 

B

Wed & Thu 09:15-12:45

 

C

Tue & Wed 09:15-12:45
 

D

Wed & Thu 09:15-12.45

 

Entry 1 (E1)-CEFR A1

 

E1 A

 

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

 

E1 B

Mon, Tue, Wed & Thu 13:30-15:40

 

Entry 2(E2)-CEFR A1-A2

 

E2 A

 

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

 

E2 B

Mon, Tue, Wed & Fri  13:30-15:40

 

E2C

Mon 10:30-12.45, Thu & Fri 9:15-12:45

 

Entry 3(E3)-CEFR A2-B1

 

E3 A

 

Mon 10:30-12.45, Tue & Wed 09:15-12:45

  E3B

Mon, Tue, Wed & Fri 13:30-15:40

  E3 C

Mon 10.30-12.45, Tue, Wed & Thu 09:15-11:30

 

Bridging Class

 

 

Tue, Thu & Fri 13:30 - 15:40

 

Level 1 (L1)-CEFR B1-B2

 

L1 A

 

Wed 9.15-11.30, Thu & Fri 09:30-12:45

 

L1 B Mon, Tue, Wed & Thu 13.30-15.30

 

L1 C

Mon 10.30-12.45, Tue & Thu 09:30-12:45

 

Level 2 (L2)-CEFR B2 L2A

Tue & Wed 09:30-12:45, Fri 10:30-12:45 

Maths ESOL

A

B

C

Mon 13:00 - 14:45

Tues 9:00 - 10:50

Fri 13:30 - 15:40

 ICT ESOL  E3

Fri 13:30 - 15:40 

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 (only accept WRAG)

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  3 months of wage slip for the last 3 months.

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