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ESOL - Entry 2

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 and in English at a level necessary 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 straightforward exchanges
  • Make requests and ask questions to obtain information
  • Understand the most important parts of and participate in a discussion
  • Listen to and follow short, straightforward explanations and instructions
  • Use letter sounds and words shapes to work out what words say
  • Read and understand words related to personal information and frequently used words
  • Recognise the different purposes of texts
  • Identify the main points in a text
  • Use grammar and punctuation to help make your writing clear
  • Use spelling methods to learn how to spell common words
  • Write a range of simple texts using present and past tense
  • Complete everyday forms

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 2 Award in Speaking and Listening and Entry 2 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 tutor
  • Conversation, role plays, discussions, watching videos, listening to CDs
  • Use of the the BAES Learner Zone (online resources to support your learning)

What could this course lead to?

Progression to an ESOL - Entry 3 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: www.learnbaes.ac.uk

The British Council: https://esol.britishcouncil.org/

Contact details

BAES Information Line 0121 303 4318

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