ESOL Level 1 - Reading

Our ESOL classes are for you if English is not your first language.

If you are settling or living in the UK we have courses for learners of all abilities. These courses will help you to read, write, speak and understand English to help you in everyday life; for example to help your children, communicate with others or to improve your skills for work. If you want to improve your English to get a job we can help you. Our ESOL courses look at topics related to living and working in Britain.

Course Content

You will work on improving your speaking, listening, reading, writing, grammar, spelling and punctuation skills for everyday use in life and work. You will work on improving your reading skills so that by the end of the course you are able to read a variety of everyday texts for different purposes, accurately and fluently.

On this course you will learn how to:
Recognise how different language and presentation features are used for different purposes, e.g. to describe, persuade, instruct, explain, narrate.
Identify the main points and events in continuous texts that describe, explain, narrate and persuade.
Skim, scan and read in detail to identify the main points or main events and key details in longer continuous texts
Recognise bias and inferred meaning and distinguish between facts and opinions
Use organisational features such as table of contents, index, or menus to find information in texts or reference materials e.g. to look up synonyms or atonyms.
Further develop your understanding of English grammar ( e.g. by using a wider range of tenses) and punctuation to help you read and understand texts, including longer and more complex texts
Further develop your understanding of English spelling structures, rules and strategies, e.g. borrowed words, root words, prefixes and suffixes, to help you work out unfamiliar vocabulary in reading
Read and understand forms for personal and professional purposes

Entry Requirements

Before you start this course you need to take Step into English to help you choose the right level of Reading course.

We have courses at all levels of the Adult ESOL Curriculum from Pre-Entry (for complete beginners) and Entry Level up to Level 2. We will help you find the correct level for you before you start your course.

First Class Requirements

Please bring a folder to keep your work in, a black or blue pen, and a lined notepad of paper.

Attendance Requirements

You are expected to come to every class. You must arrive on time.

Assessment Methods

You will take a reading assessment at the end of the course which will be accredited by an external awarding organisation.

Further Study Options

After this course you can continue to study on our ESOL Speaking & Listening or Writing courses. You can progress through the ESOL levels up to Level 2.
When you have finished your ESOL course you may want to progress into the wider programme offer at RHACC including Cambridge Certificate courses, GCSE English courses and our range of vocational and leisure courses.

Additional Information

For information on course fees and how to get additional help to pay for them look at our How to Pay for Your Course section.
How much homework will I need to do outside of class?
Your teacher will set homework each week for you. It is important that you complete the homework? Students who do homework make better progress.

What will happen if I miss a class?
Please inform your teacher if you are unable to attend a class. Students are expected to attend at least 90% of their classes.
When will exams take place?
Your teacher will advise you when they are.
Do I need any special equipment?
Please bring an English/English dictionary, a pen and a folder to keep your work in.

What books do I need?
Your teacher will tell you. What software do I need?
Your teacher will show you useful websites and you can use the computers in the Learning Centres.

Is there any tutorial support?
Your teacher will meet with you individually at least once a term to help you improve areas of weakness.
If you feel you need any further support, you can speak to your tutor. Does the class include a break?
Classes include a 10-15 minute comfort break. Is there a minimum age? Minimum age is 16. When are the classes held? Classes are held during term time only. You can find more information about this in the Terms Dates section. How big are the classes? Class sizes are a minimum of 12 and a maximum of 19 (depending on classroom size).