ESOL - Entry 1

Course aims

  • To improve your language skills by identifying areas for development
  • To learn about life in the UK
  • To enable you to speak, read and write in English at a level necessary in order to function and progress at work and in society in general
  • To develop the four skills of speaking, listening, reading and writing following the National Adult Literacy Core Curriculum.


By the end of the course you will have a greater understanding of living in the UK. You will be able to:

  • Speak clearly to be heard and understood in simple exchanges
  • Make requests and ask questions to obtain specific information
  • Speak and listen in simple exchanges and everyday contexts
  • Recognise some common words, signs and symbols
  • Identify letters of the alphabet
  • Read and understand a simple text about a familiar topic or experience
  • Use written words and phrases to record or present information
  • Write a simple sentence with correct punctuation
  • Spell words important to you, like your address and family names
  • Write the letters of the alphabet using upper and lower case

Who is this course for?

This course is for adult (19+) speakers whose home language is not English and who need to develop their English language skills in order to live and work in the United Kingdom. For students on JSA, ESA (WRAG) or other eligible income-based benefits, and who are studying to improve skills to help them gain employment, these courses are free. Learners on other benefits with a low income may also qualify for a significantly discounted rate.

Do I need any knowledge, skills or qualifications?

Before starting the course you will be assessed to determine whether this level is suitable for you. Every learner has an individual learning plan negotiated with the tutor that highlights the skills you need to develop and records your progress.

Will I gain any qualifications?

ESOL - Entry 1 Award in Speaking and Listening and Entry 1 Themed Awards in English Skills in Reading and Writing.

How will I learn?

  • Working on your own or with other group members
  • With support from your tutor, and on some courses, a trained volunteer
  • Conversation, role plays, discussions, watching videos, audio clips
  • Use of the BAES Learner Zone (online resources to support your learning)

What could this course lead to?

Progression to an ESOL - Entry 2 course at a BAES Centre.

What we require of you as a learner?

A ring binder, paper and pen. To improve your progress on the course we expect you to attend every session on time.

Useful websites

Birmingham Adult Education Service:

The British Council:

Contact details

BAES Information Line 0121 303 4318

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