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About this course

English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) courses are for adults who live, temporarily or permanently, in the UK and do not have English as their first language.

There are 3 courses per year: 1. Reading 2. Writing 3. Speaking and Listening.

There are daytime and evening courses.

September 2016 - December 2016: ESOL Skills for Life Reading (available at Entry Levels 1, 2, 3 and Levels 1 & 2).

January 2017 - March 2017: ESOL Skills for Life Writing (available at Entry Levels 1, 2, 3 and Levels 1 & 2).

April 2017 - June 2017: ESOL Skills for Life Speaking and Listening (available at Entry Levels 1, 2, 3, Levels 1 & 2).


What will I learn?

You will learn new vocabulary and grammar for your level. You will practise using English in everyday situations and study topics such as work, shopping, health, free time and travel. You will also practise exam tasks to help you prepare for the end of course exams. On each course you will practise all the language skills. Each course will have a particular focus on the skills required for the exams.

  • Reading: reading techniques, understanding different types of text, understanding the main points and detail in texts.
  • Writing: use correct punctuation, write clear sentences, use spelling rules and structure writing for different types of text. 
  • Speaking and Listening: pronounce words clearly, ask and answer questions, give your opinion, take part in conversations and discussions.  Listen and understand the main points and detail in different situations.
Entry requirements

All students will have an interview with an ESOL tutor before the course starts. You will have an initial assessment to find out which level is right for you.

ESOL levels              CEFR levels                 Meaning

Entry 1                        A1                                Beginner

Entry 2                        A2                                Elementary

Entry 3                        B1                                Pre-intermediate

Level 1                        B2                                Intermediate

Level 2                        C1                                Higher Intermediate

You will be enrolled on the level that you will be able to achieve at the end of the course. You can do each exam at a different level if you need to.

Study, assessment and qualifications

You will need to attend your course every week in order to progress. You will have an Individual Learning Plan (ILP) with your own learning targets to help you focus on language you find difficult.

You will need to study at home to practise what you learn on the course.

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

You will do exam practice during the course to help you prepare for the exam.

You will need to take an exam as part of the course. The exam dates are fixed so you must come on your exam day.

Additional costs and information

I want to study this English (ESOL) course – what do I do next?

Follow these simple four steps:

Click on the APPLY NOW button for Chippenham, Salisbury or Trowbridge. Complete the online form, and click SUBMIT.
Or come to the college and we will help you to apply online.

When we have your form, we will book you an appointment with an ESOL tutor and send you an email confirming the date and time.  You will receive a reminder by text the day before the appointment.   The appointment will be for one hour.  The tutor will assess your English level and tell you about the course you can do.  

The tutor will sign your form at your appointment - Take your form to Student Services (in Reception) to pay for your course.    You do not have a place until you have paid for your course.

At your appointment the tutor will give you the start date and time. Good luck with your course!


You will need a folder to keep your work in.  It is a good idea to buy an English-English dictionary for your studies. You can also use language apps on your phone to help you in class.

Courses will not run on Bank Holidays or College holidays and daytime courses will not run on staff development days.

What could I do next?

When you have passed the exam at the end of your course you can enrol on the next ESOL course. If you do not pass your exam you will be able to practise and take the exam again.