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ESOL for Work - Entry 1 Level

Course aims

  1. To carry out extensive diagnostic assessment to identify your current level of language skills and to determine your areas for development.
  2. To improve your speaking and listening skills in everyday situations connected with education, training, work and social roles.
  3. To support you in your employability journey and improve your chances of finding sustainable employment.

As your starting point is working towards Entry 1, an important aim of the course is to provide on-going assessment of your progress and a report for you and the Job Centre Plus (JCP) at the end of the course with recommendations for further study.

Learning outcomes


By the end of the course you should be able to:

  • speak clearly to be heard and understood in simple exchanges, make requests using appropriate terms, make simple statements of facts clearly and ask questions to obtain specific information.
  • listen for the gist and detail in short explanations, follow single step instructions in a familiar context, listen and respond to requests for personal information , speak and listen in simple exchanges and in everyday contexts connected with education, training, work and social roles.
  • read and understand short texts on familiar topics.
  • write the letters of the alphabet using upper and lower cases, compose short texts using simple sentences and basic punctuation and spell some personal key and familiar words correctly.

Information Technology

By the end of the course you should be able to:

  • use a computer to word process simple texts (e.g. a brief note).
  • use the internet to access basic information relevant to you (e.g. google maps).
  • use ICT to communicate e.g. sending simple emails.
  • use the internet to search for jobs online with JCP Universal Jobmatch.


By the end of the course you should be able to:

  • organise your time, life and studies more efficiently.
  • complete simple forms.
  • identify where to find information about suitable jobs.
  • identify the skills needed for different types of jobs.

How you will learn

You will learn by:

  • taking part in pair and group work with your classmates.
  • working individually with support from the tutor and with the support of a trained volunteer tutor.
  • taking part in conversations, role plays and communication activities.
  • engaging with information technology including internet use.

You will have your own negotiated individual learning plan to record and review progress. Progress will be reviewed regularly and a report provided for you and the JCP at the end of the course.

Learner Responsibilities

You will be expected to:

  • attend all the classes.
  • attend the whole class.
  • arrive at the classes on time.
  • do all the homework that is requested by the tutor.
  • attend the individual appointments required by the course.
  • If you cannot attend a class, you will notify the tutor in advance or contact the centre by telephone before the start of the class.
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