23/04/2021

ESOL courses supporting students to succeed

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ESOL students

Kirklees College is proud to offer English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) courses that are designed to help those who do not speak English as their first language integrate into British society.

With over 3,000 ESOL students at Kirklees College, the qualifications range from pre-entry level upwards and focus on improving communication, reading and writing in English to provide students with the solid grounding to progress into the wider community. Alongside academic studies, students can gain real-world experience and enterprise skills to be able to successfully engage with the world and people around them.

As a vocational college, the ESOL offering places emphasis on the importance of employability skills. Coupled with understanding living and working in the UK, the development of teamwork, maths, digital and problem-solving skills are essential to securing employment and living independently. Delivered in a safe and supportive environment, students are able to explore career options, apply for jobs and develop their personal skills to become active members of society.

With flexible learning and part-time options available, the courses follow on from each other so students can continue to develop their knowledge and progress at their own pace.

The college values of inclusivity and respect are at the heart of the curriculum. This ethos is reflected in our recent student survey with 96% of ESOL learners stating that the college is a welcoming place for people of all backgrounds and 94% agreeing that they are treated with respect by everyone.

Hamza and Mengyi are both course representatives for the ESOL department and have enjoyed positive experiences at the college. Hamza said:

“I chose to study at Kirklees College as it has an excellent reputation amongst students and it’s easy for me to travel to. I enjoy studying maths and English and the course has helped me to improve my communication and social skills too.”

Mengyi added:

“The tutors on the course are kind, friendly and helpful. I enjoy all aspects of the course and have been offered a lot of support from the college. I hope I can use this qualification to progress to university in the future.”

Sharon Archer, Curriculum Area Manager for ESOL and Adult Skills at Kirklees College added:

“Our fantastic teaching team are committed to delivering an engaging and motivating curriculum to help our students reach their full potential. We are proud of all our learners who have not only achieved a national qualification, but are now thriving in their personal and professional lives and making a positive impact in their local communities.”

For more information, visit https://www.kirkleescollege.ac.uk/subjects/esol.

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