An ESOL course is for you if you live in the UK, English is not your first language and you would like to improve your speaking, listening, reading and writing skills. Our general ESOL courses are designed to help develop the language skills necessary to live and work in the UK, including employability and citizenship. Your ESOL tutor will use varied activities and resources to make learning interesting and relevant in a safe and friendly environment.

The focus of ESOL classes is to: 

  • Enable you to participate in daily life in the UK, e.g. talk to your neighbours, organise transport, go shopping, visit a doctor or talk to your child’s teachers 
  • Give you employability/enterprise skills, for instance CV writing and job interview skills
  • Teach you about British culture and way of life

What is involved in studying this course?

Once you have started a course, you will be expected to attend your classes regularly, do any homework that your tutor sets, which will help you to improve your language skills further, and take the exam at the end of it.

The classes are usually a mixture of learning vocabulary in the context of health, daily communication, work, shopping, hobbies and other relevant topics, as well as English grammar, punctuation and spelling exercises, depending on the level and unit of study, e.g. Speaking and Listening, Reading and Writing.

PDT ESOL courses are currently accredited by City &Guilds and we offer ESOL qualifications at all levels, from Entry 1 to Level 2. The qualifications can be offered as single units, e.g. Reading, to cater for diverse needs of our learners and their individual ‘spiky profiles’

What progression paths are available?

When you have successfully completed your course, you have the following progression options:

- an ESOL course at a higher level

- an ESOL course at the same level, but focusing on a different skill; for instance, if you have completed ESOL Reading at E3, you may consider taking up Writing at E3 as your next option

- an English Functional Skills course at a suitable level

- a vocational course of study, such as Childcare or Health and Social Care

Entry requirements

To find out more and to enrol, you need to come to one of our Initial Assessment, Guidance and Enrolment sessions and our teaching staff will do their best to accommodate your individual learning needs and language level.

For further information, please contact Somia Ibrahim on 07710 048 099 / [email protected]