ESOL for complete beginners: Reading skills

Tutor:

Gillian Wray

Start date:

January 8, 2024

End date:

March 18, 2024

Days:

Monday

Times:

10:30am - 1pm

Duration:

10 weeks

What is the course about? 

 

This course will give you confidence using English for work, study and socialising. You will focus on reading skills. 

You will develop basic reading and vocabulary skills and comprehending simple short stories and articles. Focus is on literal comprehension and developing a personally relevant vocabulary base 

 

Is a pre-enrolment interview or assessment required for this course? 

 

Yes, you will need to do a pre-course assessment to establish your level of English before enrolling onto the course(unless you have completed the Westway Trust ESOL for complete beginners: Speaking and Listening course) 

What level is the course and do I require particular skills, experience or prior qualifications? 

 

This course is designed to help students with little prior knowledge of the English language develop a solid foundation in basic English communication skills. This course is ideal if you are new to English or have limited exposure to the language. 

What topics does the course cover? 

 
You will practise reading, develop your general skills in English, expand your vocabulary and improve pronunciation. 

We will focus on: 

  • finding information in notices, simple adverts, forms and texts 
  • Enhancing your comprehension abilities.  
  • Getting more confident in reading English in real life settings. 
  • learning a lot of basic words and their correct spelling. 
     

How will I be taught and assessed? Will there be any work outside the class? 

You will learn in a supportive and welcoming environment.  

The tutor will help you discover rules and features of English. There will be lots of practice. There will be speaking and listening, reading and writing, with different activities and games as well as YouTube videos and other recordings.  

You will work in pairs or small groups, and sometimes as a whole class.  

Your tutor will also work with you individually. Everything that you learn will help you in your daily life. You will need to do some homework every week  

 

Are there any other costs or equipment I need to get? 

You will need a pen, some lined A4 paper and a file to keep your work in. Your tutor will provide handouts and worksheets and let you know if there are any other resources that you might need to get. 

What will I achieve?  

By the end of the course you should be able to: 

  • identify the stated main idea of a short passage on a familiar topic 
  • distinguish between general ideas and specific information 
  • extract basic information from simple illustrations such as graphs and charts. 
  • determine the meaning of unfamiliar vocabulary from context 
  • increase reading fluency 

 

When I finish, what should I be able to do next? 

There are few courses you can do after this course. These include: 
• ESOL for complete beginners: Writing skills 
• Becoming confident with digital skills on your computer and online 

Register your interest

Any questions? Email us at learning@westway.org or call 020 8962 5741