If you’re new in London and want to learn English or have been here for a while and want to improve it, an ESOL – or English for Speakers of Other Languages - course could be an excellent decision.

Good communication skills in English will make it a lot easier for you to make friends, study other courses or even find a job here.

We will explain what courses we offer, what it is like to study here and what you can do after you finish to help you decide if taking an ESOL course with us is the right choice for you.


Which level of course should I take?

At the College of Haringey, Enfield and North East London we offer various courses for different levels and areas of English.

They start at Pre-Entry Level, designed for people with no English. This level prepares you for our other courses – Entry Levels 1, 2 and 3 and Level 1 – and when you pass any of these levels, you can get a qualification from Pearson or Ascentis.

16-18 learners study all modes (Reading, Writing and Speaking and Listening) but if you are an adult you can specialise in one or two areas of English as we offer each mode as separate programme. You can study each mode at the right level for you and an interview and initial assessment will help determine what is the right course, or combination of courses, for you.

If you have already know a little about English certificates, Entry Level 3 is equivalent to a PET (Preliminary) and Level 1 is the same level as a First Certificate.

Don’t worry if you don’t know what level you are now – we will check your level of English before you begin to make sure you are on the best course for you.


What will I do on the course?

We want you to learn as much English as possible but we also want you to enjoy it! Sometimes we use traditional teaching methods but our students also have a lot of fun doing group activities like games, projects and presentations.

You will also learn lots of other important skills on our ESOL courses. On full-time programmes we will teach computer skills, Maths and other skills specifically for working in London. At the end of the course there are also awards for students. This year the winners won £250 to spend on an educational trip! Apart from coming to classes, you will have tutorial sessions to give you extra support and you will get regular homework.

There will be frequent assessments to check your progress and Pearson or Ascentis exams at the end, recognised everywhere in the UK. Apart from studying, you will also get opportunities to do things in the local community, for example, this year our students and teachers made and sold cakes to make money for charity.

What about my future after the course?

We are really proud of our ESOL students - in 2015, 93.8% of them passed their exams, achieving essential English skills which they now use in their studies, at home and at work.

Many students continue studying at our college. For example, Sitarah Ahmadi studied a BTEC course in Science after doing ESOL Entry Level 3, even though in Afghanistan she had never gone to school.

Some students start working after their courses and use our Careers Service that can help you search and apply for jobs and give you lots of guidance.

If you would like to find out more about our courses, apply online and we will be very happy to meet you at one of our London campuses.

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