You will have the opportunity to develop your English speaking and listening, reading and writing skills for a variety of purposes, including employment, further study or communicating with English speaking friends and family.
The English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) course is designed for people whose first language is not English, but who live or work permanently in the UK. The course gives you the opportunity to develop your grammar, vocabulary, pronunciation, speaking, listening, reading and writing skills, as well as aspects of citizenship and employability. The ESOL qualification is recognised by the UK Border Agency for use to support Home Office applications for Settlement and British Citizenship.
Students will have regular progress tests throughout their studies and will have individual tutorials with their tutor to discuss their learning and development. Students are expected to complete homework every week and will be prepared for their exams, which are compulsory.
How will I learn?
Students will develop all aspects of their English, including grammar, vocabulary, pronunciation and the four skills (reading, writing, speaking, listening), working in pairs & small groups to develop fluency. Students will have regular progress tests throughout their studies and will have individual tutorials with their tutor to discuss their learning and development. Students are expected to complete homework every week and will be prepared for their exams, which are compulsory.
When are the classes?
Both day and evening classes are offered, with 6 hours’ per week, over two days.
Your course also includes up to 12 hours’ free classes taught by trainee teachers.
Students are prepared for nationally recognised ESOL Skills for Life examinations . The exams are offered at five different levels:
Entry 1, Entry 2, Entry 3, Level 1, Level 2.
Exam dates – December, March and June
What level of English will I study?
Before you start a class you will be invited to college to take an assessment. The assessment will show us your level of English. You will be offered a place in the class best suited to your level if there are places available.
|Part-time||B1||E3||Pre-Intermediate → Intermediate|
|Part-time||B2||L1||Intermediate → Upper Intermediate|
|Part-time||C1||L2||Upper Intermediate → Advanced|
What exams will I take?
Students are prepared for nationally recognised Trinity ESOL Skills for Life examinations. The exams are offered at five different levels: Entry 1, Entry 2, Entry 3, Level 1 and Level 2.
Entry to this course is dependent on the result of a written and oral assessment at the start of the course, and on the availability of places. The assessment will determine which class is the most suitable for you, and an individual learning plan will be agreed with the class tutor. The minimum age for enrolment on the part-time ESOL programme is 16 years old.
Students will need a pen, notebook and folder. Students will need to purchase an English learner dictionary (We recommend the Longman active study dictionary or the Oxford Advanced Learners Dictionary; prices range from £15 – £20). Students will need to pay for their exam.
|Autumn||Wednesday 1st September – Friday 22nd October 2021*|
Half Term: Monday 25th October – Friday 29th October 2021
Monday 1st November – Friday 17th December 2021
|Spring||Tuesday 4th January – Friday 11th February 2022*|
Half Term: Monday 14th February – Friday 18th February 2022
Monday 21st February – Friday 1st April 2022
Easter Break: Monday 4th April – Monday 18th April 2022
|Summer||Tuesday 19th April – Friday 1st July 2022|
Please note there is no half-term break in the Summer Term
Please note that the College is closed on Bank Holidays.
*Learning and Teaching Development Days (non-student days): 3/9/21, 22/10/21 and 1/2/22
University Centre Colchester Term Dates 2021 – 2022:
|Semester 1||Registration and Induction: Friday 17th September 2021|
Semester 1 start: Monday 20th September – Friday 14th January 2022
Reading Week: Monday 25th October – Friday 29th October 2021
Christmas Break: Monday 20th December – Friday 31st December 2021
Semester 1 restart: Assessment/Tutorials/Examinations:
Monday 3rd January – Friday 14th January 2022
Monday 17th January – Friday 28th January 2022
|Semester 2||Semester 2 start: Monday 31st January – Friday 1st April 2022|
Reading Week: Monday 14th February – Friday 18th February 2022
Easter Break: Monday 4th April – Friday 15th April 2022
Semester 2 restart: Monday 19th April – Friday 27th May 2022
Assessment/Tutorials/Examinations: Monday 16th May – Friday 27th May 2022
These qualifications are nationally recognised and are welcomed by employers in the UK or by education establishments for further study.
Course progression includes further study in English. Progression onto further and higher education at level 3 and above in a variety of subject areas, including Access to Higher Education, Business, IT, Construction, Hair and Beauty, and Creative Industries.
How much will the course cost?
ESOL courses cost you less because the government pays part of your course. For this reason, you MUST take an exam at the end of your course. The costs vary depending on how many exams you take (NOT on the number of hours you study). The cost for two qualifications (Speaking & Listening, Reading and/or Writing) will be approximately £400 to £650. If you take THREE qualifications, it will cost approximately £750. If you do a Speaking & Listening exam, the fees include the cost of the course books that you will use during your studies. Otherwise, you will need to pay an extra £53 for the books at the start of your course.
If you claim a Benefit
If you are in receipt of an income tested benefit the course may be cheaper or free. You will need to bring up to date evidence of the benefit you receive into college so that we can assess the fees you will need to pay. If you do not provide evidence then the full cost of the course must be paid. If you are under the age of 19 the course may be free; you need to show proof of your age.
If you pay for your studies
You should make full payment for the course when you register and before you attend class. Alternatively, you can pay in instalments (plus an administrative charge), but you will be charged the full fee even if you do not complete the course. Failure to pay will result in you not being able to attend college and your place will be given to another person.
Many students at Colchester Institute are under 18. In the English Language department, we have a mixture: some students are under 18 and some are adults. You may be in a class with some adult students. They will welcome you and help you with your studies. Your teachers will also work hard to keep you safe.
Commitment to Safeguarding
Colchester Institute believes the health and safety of all our students is important. All of the English Language staff are trained to help keep students safe, happy and healthy in college.
Well-being and keeping safe
Bullying [using words or actions to make someone feel bad] is not allowed in the college. The College is committed to making our classes a place where all students are respected and where bullying is not allowed. If a student has a problem or complaint, we will listen to them and work to solve the problem quickly and fairly.
What should I do if I have a problem?
If a student has a problem or complaint they should speak to their teacher or the Student Services Welfare Team (B66a, Ground Floor, Main Building, Colchester Institute). At The College at Braintree, please go to Student Services A56. Student Services are very good at solving students’ problems.
We hope you will enjoy your studies with us and that you will always feel safe and happy to study here.
You need to arrange where you are going to live during your studies before you arrive in the UK. Colchester Institute is able to offer accommodation to students but it is limited depending on demand.
If you would like to arrange accommodation through Colchester Institute you will need to complete an Accommodation Request Form, you can email the Accommodation Officer to ask for this form once you have received your course offer.
Tel: 0044 (0)1206 712613 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
To apply to study on this part-time course you will need to complete the application form in the next menu.
English Language courses can start at various points during the year and can be studied on a part-time (3 or 6 hours per week) basis depending on what suits you, your schedule and your needs.
Please see the menu below for the next course start dates.
Applicants will receive an acknowledgement email or card within one week of the application being received by our Admissions team, if you do not receive this you should contact the team to check that your application has been received. Courses will run subject to sufficient applications being received.
If you have any further questions about the application process or next available start date, want to check the progress of your application or if you are unsure about anything please contact us using the enquiry line or enquiry form buttons in the next menu.
If you are ready to apply then please click the ‘Part-time English Language Application Form’ Button in the next menu to fill in the application form.
|Start Date||Sep - June (35 weeks)|
Sep - Dec (14 weeks)
Jan - April (12 weeks)
Jan - June (21 weeks)
April - June (9 weeks)
|Attendance||6 hours per week*|
You have a choice of morning, afternoon or evening classes.
All fees, prices and funding information shown on this page are for courses starting in the 2021-22 academic year unless stated otherwise, and are correct at the time of entering/printing information, however these may be subject to change due to factors outside of our control. The College cannot accept legal or financial liability as a result of any such changes.
Courses fees are generally not confirmed for September until June / July due to the above factors.
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