ESOL (English for Speakers of Other Languages)

Is the course for me?

If English is not your first language, but you are keen to learn more about the way it is spoken, written and read, then this is the right course for you. There are courses available for all levels of learners from beginners upwards.

What does the course involve?

All the courses are based on the ESOL Core Curriculum and involve the development of Speaking and Listening, Reading and Writing. The course focuses on everyday English and practical communication skills. You will also develop your grammar knowledge and understanding. The courses are part-time and involve attendance for 4/5 hours a week. You will also have the opportunity to achieve the NOCN Certificate in ESOL Skills for Life which is a nationally recognised qualification.

What options are open to me if I successfully complete the course?

When you achieve the appropriate standard, you will be able to progress to the next level ESOL course. You will also be able to progress onto vocational courses if you wish to do so.

What do I need to get on the course?

No qualifications are necessary just a willingness to learn. Your level of English will be assessed and you will be invited to enrol onto the course that most suits your needs.

How long is the course and when does it start?

The courses begin every 12 weeks and you can enrol in September, January and April. Course details may be subject to change.

You can choose to study at Forest Gate Learning Zone, Little Ilford Learning Zone, North Woolwich Learning Zone, Beckton Globe Centre and Hamilton Road Centre.

  • Newham College of Further Education Forest Gate Learning Zone 1 Woodford Road Forest Gate London E7 0DH 0208 257 4684
  • NewhamCollegeof Further Education Little Ilford Learning Zone 1A Rectory Road Little Ilford London E12 6JB 020 8522 5770
  • Newham College of Further Education North Woolwich Learning Zone 78 Albert Road North Woolwich London E16 2DY 0208 257 4180 – Call this number for information about Hamilton Road and Beckton Globe

Term 1 (autumn)


Term 2 (spring)


Term 3 (summer)


Focus of lessons Speaking & Listening along with Reading & Writing Reading along with Writing, Speaking & Listening  Writing along with Reading, Speaking & Listening
Assessment and Certificate ESOL Skills for Life Speaking & Listening  ESOL Skills for LifeReading ESOL Skills for Life Writing
Awarding body Entry level: National Open College NetworkLevel 1: City & Guilds


Entry level: National Open College Network

Level 1: City & Guilds

Entry level: National Open College Network

Level 1: City & Guilds

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