This is a Basic level (Entry 1) course in ESOL (English for Speakers of Other Languages). There are 2 types of Speaking and Listening ESOL courses: Intensive (15 hours per week for 4 weeks) and part-time (3.5 – 4 hours per week for 10 weeks).
This ESOL course will help you to improve your speaking and listening in English. We will prepare you for the City and Guilds ESOL Skills for Life Exam at Entry Level 1.
This course will help you to:
• Understand sentences and common phrases about basicpersonal and family information, shopping, the local area and jobs.
• Ask and answer questions about personal details such as where you live, people you know and things you have.
• Have a simple conversation if the other person talks slowly and clearly and is prepared to help.
• Describe things or help that you need, your background and your life in Northern Ireland.
By the end of the course you should be able to:
• Listen and respond to simple statements, speak about basic information and engage in discussion with another person about familiar situations and topics
• Ask questions to obtain specific information
Basic topics include: personal details, countries and nationalities, home, work, family and friends, free time and daily routines, health, transport, weather, buying things, and living in the UK.
We will also study the following: present simple, adverbs of frequency, present continuous, adjectives, question words, can ...?, there is/there are, have and has got, simple conjunctions, Verb + ing, comparisons and can for ability.
We have a maximum of 18 students in ESOL classes.
Your teacher may recommend a textbook for further study but materials will be provided in class.
An assessment is required for application to this course.
Career Opportunities / Progression
This course will help you to progress through our ESOL courses. The next course after Speaking and Listening Entry level 1 is Speaking and Listening Entry level 2. Please talk to your teacher at the end of the course to discuss the best progression route for you
You must be at least 16 years old to study ESOL at Belfast Metropolitan College.
All students must be assessed before the start of the course. Our teachers will give you a short test to check your level of English and then we will advise you on the best course to suit your needs. If you have certificates from a previous ESOL course, you may not need to take the test but you must bring your certificates with you to the assessment session.
You must also bring photographic ID, such as a valid passport or national identity card to the assessment session.
The dates and times for assessment can be found here: www.esol-at-belfastmet.eventbrite.co.uk
All fees are set in accordance with DfE regulations.
Please see our calendar for the teaching dates and public/ college holidays. For information about payment and our refund policy please check the Fees & Finance section of our website.