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The highly successful English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) programmes at St Helens College are designed for adult (19+) speakers whose first language is not English, who are living or trying to settle in England.

The courses aim to develop listening, speaking, reading, writing and understanding of the English language, whatever the starting level of knowledge.

Who are ESOL courses for?

ESOL (English for Speakers of Other Languages) courses are for people who have a first language other than English and who live or work in the U.K. (Subject to resident status).

Why do an ESOL course?

ESOL courses are designed to help you improve your level of English to get more out of your life in the U.K., and to make it easier to:

• talk to doctors, teachers, bank or shop assistants
• fill in administrative forms
• understand laws and customs
• help your children with homework
• study or train for a qualification
• look for employment or apply for citizenship

What will you learn?

All courses follow the national ESOL Skills for Life curriculum system and you will be taught all four skills of language learning: Speaking, Listening, Reading and Writing. You will sit an examination for each of these skills. You will be required to do homework and to study outside of class time, as this is an important part of the learning. You will have access to the College's library to use the computers for college work, to study in the library or to borrow books or magazines.

Before you start an ESOL programme with us you will receive an interview and assessment to ensure that you are placed at the correct level to help you progress and achieve.