ESOL English: Preliminary (C0151)
This is an intermediate course set at level B1 of the CEFR. There are 2 types of PET ESOL courses: Intensive (17.5 hours per week for 14 weeks) and part-time (6 hours per week for 30 weeks). Please note that many of our part-time ESOL courses start in September, so if you register later in the year, the course may have already started.
This general ESOL course will help you improve your English for study and work purposes. The course will cover all four language skills (Reading, Writing, Listening and Speaking) and knowledge of intermediate grammar and vocabulary .We will prepare you for the internationally recognised Cambridge English: Preliminary (also known as PET) exam.
Thiscourse will help you to:
• Consolidate and extend your knowledge of grammar and vocabulary.
• Consolidate and extend your ability in the four skill areas ( reading writing listening speaking)
• Develop your ability to study independently
• Develop techniques and strategies for the PET exam.
PET topics may include: describing people, health, education, jobs, public signs, the past, the future, shopping.
An example of some the areas we will revise and practise: an overview of verb patterns in English, regular and irregular verbs, conditional forms, modals, simple, continuous and perfect tenses. Students will also be expected to expand their vocabulary, improve their knowledge of spelling and their awareness formal and informal phrases.
We have a maximum of 20 students in ESOL classes.
All students must buy a textbook for their course – the cost of the textbook is not included in the course fee. Textbooks cost approximately £20 to £25. Your teacher will advise you about thetextbook at the start of the course.
Days and Times: (Part-Time) Tuesday & Thursday 18:00 to 21:00 (30 weeks)
(Intensive) Monday to Friday 09:00 to 12:45 (14 weeks)
An assessment is required for application to this course.
Career Opportunities / Progression
Where this course will take you
This course will help you to progress through our ESOL courses. The next course after Cambridge English: Preliminary (PET) is Cambridge English: First (FCE). 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 wewill 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
If you are applying as an international (Visa) student, please see here
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.