English for speakers of other languages (ESOL)

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ESOL courses

ESOL courses are for people whose first language is not English. It will help them develop or improve speaking, listening, reading and writing skills in everyday life in the UK. Learners will work on speaking and understanding of English covering new vocabulary and grammar. They will take part in activities such as games, role-plays and discussions, in pairs or small groups.

Four great reasons to join our ESOL classes:

  • friendly and qualified tutors will support you to achieve your learning goals
  • a learning plan will be tailored to your needs
  • you will also have opportunity to gain a qualification.
  • we run classes Mondays to Saturdays.

Exams and certificates

Most courses are accredited. At the end of the course some learners may take an Ascentis exam.

Fees for ESOL

To check free course entitlement, please go to: www.hfals.ac.uk/fees-concessions-support

Which level is best for you?

All learners must attend an interview before joining the course. Book your interview via www.hfals.ac.uk/interviews Your level will be assessed by our experienced ESOL tutors. You will be offered a place on a course appropriate for your current English level. We offer courses at different levels - complete beginners to advanced, a guide to the different levels are explained below. 

Guide to ESOL levels

Pre-entry levels (for absolute beginners)
Learn how to say and spell new words, make simple sentences, ask questions and respond.

ESOL entry 1, 2 and 3 (beginners, pre-intermediate and intermediate)
All courses cover four skills, speaking and listening, reading and writing.

Level 1 (post-intermediate)
Learn to use and understand English with more confidence. Use previous knowledge to deliver presentations and have discussions.

Level 2 (advanced)
Learn to speak clearly and confidently, using formal or informal language.  Use advanced grammatical structures and vocabulary.