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English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) / EFL (English as a Foreign Language)

  • Are you a foreign national living in Northern Ireland?
  • Do you need to improve your English Language skills for education, work, or simply to make friends whilst living here?
  • Would you like to complete an accredited recognised English Language qualification that would improve your written and spoken English?

Then you have come to the right place.


Belfast Met offers a wide range of courses in English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) leading to either national or international qualifications, which focus on general, academic and professional English.


Our ESOL Skills for Life programme is particularly suitable, if you are taking up residency in Northern Ireland. You will develop your skills in listening, speaking, reading and writing. ESOL Skills for Life is offered at six levels – Pre-entry, Entry 1, Entry 2, Entry 3, Level 1 and Level 2. If you enrol on an ESOL Skills for life Programme, you will take the ‘City & Guilds’ Skills for Life exams at the end of the course. These courses are available part-time (5 hours per week) or on an intensive basis (14 hours per week). The level 1 and level 2 qualifications are recognised by UK employers and some educational establishments.


We also offer an English as a Foreign Language (EFL) programme leading to internationally recognised ESOL qualifications. These may help you gain employment or undertake further studies, either here or abroad. We are proud to have been accredited by the British Council for the teaching of English since 2010 for this programme.


English as a Foreign Language (EFL) courses are offered at four levels - Entry Level (B1*), Level 1 (B2*), Level 2 (C1*) and Level 3 (C2*). These courses are available part-time (6 hours per week) or on an intensive basis (17.5 or 15 hours per week).

 
*Level equivalents on the Common European Framework Reference for Languages (CEFR)

These include:
  • Cambridge English Entry Level Certificate in ESOL International (Preliminary).
  • Cambridge English Level 1 Certificate in ESOL International (First).
  • Cambridge English Level 2 Certificate in ESOL International (Advanced).
  • Cambridge English Level 3 Certificate in ESOL International (Proficiency).

The College also offers IELTS preparation courses and the Cambridge ESOL Level 5 Certificate in English Language Teaching to Adults (CELTA).


The CELTA course leads to a qualification which allows you to teach English at home or abroad to speakers of other languages. If you are interested in this course, please email [email protected] for an application form.


For full-time International Programmes (T4 Students) Click Here


All new students must take an English test (assessment) before enrolling on an ESOL course.


For further information, please telephone the ESOL centre at 028 9026 5457/ 028 9026 5496.


Assessment and Enrolment


All new students must take an English test (assessment). The English test (assessment) helps us choose a class at the right level for you.

You have 2 options:

• Part online-based assessment and part paper- based assessment.
or
• Full paper-based assessment.

Assessment takes place at the College’s Titanic Quarter Campus. You must book a place online. Click here (link will be active from Friday 15th December at 10am) to book a session.


All students must arrive at the beginning of the session. If you are late, it may not be possible for us to assess you


All students must bring to the session Photographic ID - Passport, Driving Licence, Identity Card, or an official document that shows your photograph, name, and date of birth clearly.  If you are a Home or an EU student, you may need to bring additional documentation to the assessment and enrolment session. Please Click Here for further information.


Please note that if you enrol on an ESOL course:        
• You are expected to attend all the classes.
• If you do not attend classes you may not be allowed to complete your course.
• If you cannot attend one class you must inform your teacher in advance 
• You are expected to sit the examination at the end of the course.


Please Click Here for our 17/18 Enrolment form. It would be helpful if the personal details section on the Enrolment form were filled in and brought in with you for after the assessment.

Full paper-based assessment

You will do the assessment at the College. Click here (link will be active from Friday 15th December at 10am) to book a session. Please be aware that Paper based assessment bookings are limited.


Part online and part paper-based Assessment

Please follow the instructions below:

  • Request a token to do the Part online assessment from [email protected] and we will reply and give you instructions about how to do the online test. 
  • The online test assesses your reading and listening. However you must also come to the College to have your speaking and writing tested. Click here (link will be active from Friday 15th December at 10am) to book your session. Please be aware that Paper based assessment bookings are limited.
  •  You must bring Photo ID (e.g. valid passport or national identity card) to the assessment session.




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