About ESOL

ESOL (English for Speakers of Other Languages) courses are for anyone whose first language is not English.  There are many classes throughout the Highlands and Moray at different levels, both certificated and non-certificated. The courses are aimed at individuals who need English to live, work or study in Scotland.  There are general everyday communications, conversational classes, work or study related courses and some have a more specific focus.  Many will be individually tailored to the needs of the individual or the interests of the group.  For more information and how to join, you should contact the training provider or College.

This website aims to make it easier for you to find which classes are running in your area at the present time.  All you need to do is go to the Home page, click on the area you live in (or wish to find classes in), this will open up to a list of all the classes in that area that are run by members of the Highland ESOL Providers Group.  By clicking on the venue, you will find directions to the venue.  By clicking on the logo, you will find out more about the Training Provider.  The WEA co-ordinate the Highland ESOL Providers Group.  Contact WEA on 01463 710577.


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PDA: ITESOL Qualification Opportunity for New Tutors JAN - JUNE 2016

The PDA ITESOL (Professional Development Award: Introduction to Tutoring English for Speakers of Other Languages) is a first-stage national qualification, consisting of two units. The awarding body is the SQA (Scottish Qualifications Authority). The award is aimed at new ESOL tutors, volunteers and tutor assistants and sits at Level 6 on the Scottish Credit and Qualification Framework (SCQF).

The WEA will run a blended learning course leading to this award. There are two units: ‘Language and Learning in ESOL’ and ‘Developing ESOL Tutoring Skills’.

The course will provide candidates with the basic necessary skills and knowledge to allow them to successfully negotiate and deliver ESOL in a supported context. As well as introducing key terminology, it will provide opportunities to explore the nature of language learning from the learner’s perspective.





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