English speakers of other languages (ESOL)

English speakers of other languages (ESOL)

Our courses are here to help you improve your English skills from reading and writing to speaking and listening. 

If you are a complete beginner or would like to gain a qualification to help with work or study we have courses to meet your needs, supporting you whilst living in an English speaking environment.

National Refugee Week 20 - 26 June 2022

National Refugee week presentation (PDF 12MB)

This years Refugee Week 2022 will be a celebration of community, mutual care, and the human ability to start again.

Our Learner Manar arrived in Cumbria from Syria in March 2020, Manar has been learning English through ESOL classes with Adult Learning and is progressing well.  Marar hopes to work in social care and advance to nursing in the future.

Please take time to read and listen to Manars expression which has been translated in writing and soundbites using multiple languages.

The expression is "about what's happening all over the world before and now from wars. What these wars do to refugees when they are transferred from one environment to another.  Despite their psychological fatigue, they sometimes receive rejection. We find some of them toil themselves to be an effective member of the complex in which they live, while some of them give up.  I wish for the future peace and for us to be one hand, for we all came to this land equal, but the love of power and money is what led to all these wars and famines.  My goal is to touch the heart of everyone who feels despair, to raise their spirits, and to make people more aware of the importance of having one hand".

For more information on the National Refugee Work

Emojis In English and ESOL - Skills for Life Network

Find out how FE practitioners from Kendal College and South Lakes Community Learning have been using emojis to help learners develop their vocabulary acquisition skills and confidence in using new words.

Teaching success stories highlighted by ETF (feweek.co.uk)

Learner Comments / Case Study

"When I joined the class, my Tutor Becky made me feel so welcome. I was at Entry Level 3 in English in my Initial Assessment. I studied the course for a five months and gained my Entry Level 3 qualification in ESOL. With Becky's encouragement I went on to study and achieve Level 1 English.  Attending the classes has also helped me to gain my confidence and I then progressed onto GCSE Maths and Level 1 ICT. Adult Learning - Barrow has enabled me to progress and I am now looking forward to taking up my place at University!"

Learn Online

We are passionate about helping people to achieve their full potential and believe that everyone should be given the opportunity to continue learning throughout their life. 

We are now able to offer a range of real time, learner focused, high quality, online learning. Just have a look at what is on offer across the county!

Our online courses are being delivered via Zoom, a secure online platform. You will be supported to access Zoom via a set of instructions supplied by your centre once your place on a course is confirmed. If you have any queries contact your local Adult Learning Centre and our staff will be happy to help. Please join us as we embark on this fascinating journey!

Take a look at our Learn Online section to view the full range of courses on offer.

ESOL English for speakers of other languages

Adult Learning works with a wide range of ESOL learners from Entry level to Level 2.  Each of the Ascentis ESOL qualifications offered is made up of three components that learners are assessed on: Reading, Writing, and Speaking.  Adult Learning works with learners to ensure that they receive personalised support.  Learners may complete units or whole qualifications, depending on their current level of competence.

The primary aim of our ESOL curriculum is:

  • To help learners to become independent  of other people such as translators
  • To allow ESOL learners to integrate fully into British life
  • To enable ESOL learners to be active and valued members of society in the UK
  • To assist ESOL learners to secure employment so they are able to contribute to the economic growth of the UK
  • To improve ESOL learners' understanding and appreciation of British Life, including fundamental British Values.
  • To ensure ESOL learners develop reading, writing and speaking skills to improve their communication and fluency, this improving their employability skills.
  • To allow ESOL learners to identify other areas of our curriculum that would aid their wellbeing, both economic and social.
  • To be able to access service providers in an effective way
Learners will also develop other transferable skills when they are enrolled on Adult Learning ESOL programmes such as:
  • Listening skills - You will need excellent listening skills to get the most from your experience, both within the classroom and outside of it. It takes more time and effort to process a foreign language, consequently you think harder about what you are hearing and how to make an appropriate response. 
  • Speaking skills - Not only the new language but in your mother tongue.  Learning another language can improve your ability to communicate more accurately in your own language as you appreciate the potential difficulties in speaking too quickly and using jargon.
  • Cultural understanding - You will learn more about other countries, their customs and their way of life.
  • Empathy and the ability to relate to others - You will build relationships with your peers and understand their challenges in learning another language. As you develop a greater understanding of other countries and cultures you will be able to identify similarities and differences with the way you live.
  • Patience - Patience is absolutely essential when studying a language, it takes time, effort and lots of repetition and practice.
  • Teamwork - You will work in whole class groups, small groups and paired activities.
  • Independent study skills - you will need to work outside of the classroom to improve your knowledge and skills.
  • Creative problem solving - When you are outside of your comfort zone, speaking a different language you will have to be creative to solve communication problems.
  • Writing skills - Your knowledge of grammar conventions in a new language will be strengthened. You will be able to compare and contrast similarities and differences between languages.
  • Coaching and mentoring skills - You will develop these as you work alongside and support your peers.
  • Self-confidence - You will feel good about yourself as your language skills improve.
  • Perseverance - Learning to speak a new language is a very challenging, but extremely rewarding, process. Your perseverance will be rewarded with lifelong skills.
  • Time Management skills - As you combine home and study commitments your time management skills will be improved.