ESOL Preparation for Citizenship (B1 SELTS)
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About this course

This course is designed for people who want to apply for British Citizenship and need to take the Secure English Language Test (SELTS). This course is primarily designed for those learners who need to take the A2 and B1 levels of this exam. It helps learners to prepare for the test format and to practise their speaking and listening skills with activities that replicate the exam format.

The course is 6 weeks long, with one 2-hour lesson per week. The course is available at the Trowbridge, Chippenham and Salisbury Campuses in the autumn Term 2018, the Spring term 2019 and the Summer term 2019.

What will I learn?

During this short course you focus on preparing for the A2 (Entry 2 level) or B1 (Entry 3 level) SELTS examinations. This examination is a short test of your speaking & listening skills and is designed to check your overall ability to communicate in English.

Some of the specific areas you will work on in these classes include:

 

  • Improving the fluency of your speaking skills
  • Improving the grammatical accuracy of your speaking skills
  • Developing the range of vocabulary, you use in your spoken English
  • Working on your listening skills to improve your understanding of conversational English
  • Improving your pronunciation
  • Working on example activities and situations that are tested in the SELTS examinations

By the end of the course you will be fully prepared to sit a SELTS exam and be more confident in your ability to hopefully pass this test of your spoken English skills.

Entry requirements

Students who want to join this course should have a level of English language skills of at least ESOL Entry 2 (A2 in the Common European Framework).

There are no other entry requirements for this course, and students who wish to enrol for this course can do so directly on the college website and do not need to cook in for an ESOL initial assessment before joining the course.

If you are not sure whether this course is suitable for you or would like to book in an ESOL initial assessment to check your level of English skills, you can book in for an interview visa the college website or by emailing Tom Evans (Deputy Head of ESOL) at: Tom.Evans@wiltshire.ac.uk.

Study, assessment and qualifications

These classes run on either Tuesday or Thursday afternoons from 1.30pm – 3.30pm. Group sizes will be between 10 and 20 students. 

You will also be given 2 hours of self-study work to complete each week, which can be completed at home of in the college library.

Every student that joins this course will have access to Wiltshire College’s virtual learning environment – E-Study. This includes new resources dedicated to ESOL + Citizenship topics that can be study independently on-line outside of class time as extra extension work.

At the end of this course you will do a full practice in preparation for taking a SELTS test an  external, accredited exam centre.

Please note that the SELTS examinations themselves are not available at Wiltshire College and must be booked externally at one of the registered test centres. This course is a preparation course only and does not include the final SELTS exam itself.

There is no formal qualification linked to this course, but on completion of this course you will receive a certificate of achievement from Wiltshire College to show that you have completed this course.

All students are expected to attend a minimum of 80% of classes in order to successfully complete this course.

Additional costs and information

After completing this course, you can book yourself in for a ‘SELTS’ test.

You can also progress on our other Citizenship related course: ‘ESOL Preparation for Life in the UK.’

Also, you may wish to join one of our part-time ‘ESOL Skills for Life’ courses that run throughout the academic year. Joining on of these courses will help you to keep improving your English language skills and to keep on learning about Citizenship related topics.

What could I do next?

After completing this course, you can book yourself in for a ‘SELTS’ test.

You can also progress on our other Citizenship related course: ‘ESOL Preparation for Life in the UK.’

Also, you may wish to join one of our part-time ‘ESOL Skills for Life’ courses that run throughout the academic year. Joining on of these courses will help you to keep improving your English language skills and to keep on learning about Citizenship related topics.

Apprenticeships and Adult Education Funded Courses
The College’s Adult funded courses and apprenticeships prior to 1st May 2017 and apprenticeships with non-levy paying employers post 1st May 2017, are funded by the Education and Skills Funding Agency and part financed by the European Union through the European Social Fund (ESF). ESF supports activities to extend employment opportunities and develop a skilled workforce.