Advanced Conversation for ESOL
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About this course

This 11 week course is for adults of any age who live, temporarily or permanently, in this country and do not have English as a first language. The lessons will be 2 hours a week.

College courses will not run on Bank Holidays or Staff Development days.

What will I learn?

As well as extending your knowledge of English vocabulary and grammar you will have opportunities to practise your spoken English in a supportive and relaxed classroom environment.

Topics will reflect the needs and interests of the students but may include familiar topics such as holidays, work and leisure as well as less familiar topics such as topical news items and culture.

Entry requirements

The course is designed to help people who can already speak English.  You may have passed a Speaking and Listening exam at Entry 3 level (B1) or higher or be able to demonstrate that you are able to speak English at that level.

You will have a meeting (an initial assessment) with an ESOL teacher who will tell you if this is the best course for you.

Study, assessment and qualifications

There are no exams for this course, but students will be encouraged to do some work independently to help them progress. You will be encouraged to use your English to challenge yourself between classes.

You will have an Individual Learning Plan (ILP) with learning goals just for you, to help you improve your speaking skills.

You can use the College website (e-study) to help you learn English using our exercises, games and quizzes for your level.

Additional costs and information

You need:
• An English - English dictionary
• A pen and paper for class work
• The internet to help you do work on your own

If the College cancels your course, the fees you paid will be refunded. If you cancel your course at least 7 days before the start of the course, you will get a refund but you will have to pay an administration fee.
If you get Jobseeker’s Allowance or Employment Support Allowance (Work Related Activity Group only), Universal Credit (because of unemployment and are mandated to undertake skills training) or another state benefit and are currently unemployed, you may be eligible to full fee remission for this course.

What could I do next?

This course gives you the chance to practise your English language skills without the pressure and focus of taking an exam. 

When you have completed the Advanced Conversation course you may decide to enrol on a Speaking and Listening exam course which will start in September 2016.