English for Speakers of
Other Languages (ESOL)

The highly successful English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) programme at West Kent College is designed for speakers whose home language is not English, who are living or trying to settle in England. The courses aim is to enhance listening, speaking, reading, writing and understanding of the English language, whatever the starting level of knowledge.

The course is aimed at adult learners aged 19+ but we will also consider learners aged 16-18 who are employed for a minimum of 20 hours per week paid or voluntary (proof of employment will need to be provided on application).

Who are the ESOL classes for?

ESOL (English for Speakers of Other Languages) courses are for people who have a first language other than English and who live or work in the U.K. Our students can be asylum-seekers, migrant workers, or be partners/families of these people. They may also come from settled communities.

ESOL courses are designed to help you improve your level of English to get more out of your life in the U.K., and to make it easier to:

  • talk to doctors, teachers, bank or shop assistants
  • fill in administrative forms
  • understand laws and customs
  • help your children with homework
  • study or train for a qualification
  • look for employment or apply for citizenship

All courses follow the Cambridge ESOL Skills for Life examination system and you will be taught all four skills of language learning: Speaking, Listening, Reading and Writing.

You will be required to do homework and to study outside of class time, as this is an important part of the learning. You will have access to the College Learning Centre to use the computers for college work, to study in the library or to borrow books or magazines.

ESOL courses are offered at 5 different levels to meet the specific needs of learners and the educational background at which they start. You will firstly have an interview with a tutor and take an Initial Assessment test to determine your overall level of English. You will then have a diagnostic test to see the areas of the language that you need most help with. You will then be put into the most suitable class for your level

At the end of the course students sit a mandatory examination, the Cambridge ESOL Skills for Life Certificate. The tutor will decide with you which level of exam you will take.

All courses last for 10 weeks. Students must attend the whole course and should not take any holidays during this time. If you are not sure that you can attend for 10 weeks, you must let the tutor know at the interview.

You can progress on to the next level. All courses last 10 weeks and students have the opportunity to enrol 3 times in one year- autumn, spring and summer terms.

To carry on to further education or university, or if your job requires a certificate of competence in English, you may progress to the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) course, which measures the ability to communicate in English and is widely recognised by universities and employers in many countries.

After attending ESOL classes you may wish to enrol on another course at West Kent College to gain a vocational or academic qualification.


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