Moving to a new country throws up a lot of challenges, not least the language barrier.
Learning a new language isn’t easy, but if you want improve your chances of getting a job and and making new friends in the community, we're here to help!
Shahzeb Hashmi, former ESOL student
At The Sheffield College we offer a number of ESOL courses for people whose first language is not English, from those who are total beginners to others who may be a bit more advanced with their English.
English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) is a qualification assessing the four skills of Speaking, Writing, Listening and Reading. The topics and tasks covered are relevant to learners and are related to everyday work, study, community and social situations.
You will learn how to talk about yourself, ask questions and how to hold a conversation with others. At the same time, you will learn how to understand what others are saying to you. You will also be taught how to read letters, understand basic instructions and how to write properly constructed sentences and paragraphs.
Once you have completed your first ESOL course you will be able to progress on to a higher-level programme and develop your English skills even further. Developing your English skills will be helpful if you wish to study on a higher-level course (e.g. university) or find employment.