English for Speakers of other Languages (ESOL)

ESOL courses for adults living in Hampshire

Hampshire Learns offers English for Speakers of other Languages (ESOL) courses to adults age 19+ where English is not your first language.

These courses will help you to:

  • improve spoken and written English skills
  • progress towards formal learning or employment
  • improve your health and wellbeing (including mental health)
  • develop stronger communities
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Eligibility

Hampshire Learns ESOL classes are free for adults aged 19 or over who meet the following eligibility criteria:

  • UK nationals who currently live in Hampshire and have been resident in the United Kingdom (UK) for at least three full years prior to starting their course
  • EEA nationals who currently live in Hampshire and have obtained either pre-settled or settled status under the EU settlement scheme and have lived continuously in the EEA, Gibraltar, or UK for at least the three full years prior to starting their course
  • Other non-UK nationals (who are also a non-EEA national) who currently live in Hampshire and have obtained either pre-settled or settled status under the EU settlement scheme and have lived continuously in the EEA, Gibraltar or UK for at least the three full years prior to starting their course
  • Asylum seekers who have lived in the UK for 6 months or longer and currently living in Hampshire while their claim is being considered by the Home Office
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Apply for a Hampshire Learns ESOL Course

Hampshire Learns - ESOL application form

Exemptions

You will be exempt from the three year residency requirement if you:

  • have refugee status
  • have discretionary leave to enter or remain
  • have exceptional leave to enter or remain
  • have indefinite leave to enter or remain
  • have humanitarian protection
  • leave outside the rules
  • are part of the Ukraine family scheme
  • are part of the Ukraine sponsorship scheme (Homes for Ukraine)
  • are the husband, wife, civil partner or child (aged 19 or over), of an individual with any of the above
  • Section 67 of the Immigration Act 2016 leave
  • have Calais leave to remain
  • are British Nationals evacuated from Afghanistan under operation pitting
  • are British Nationals evacuated from Afghanistan by UK government before 6 January 2022

Depending upon your circumstances, we may need to see ID and proof of your immigration status, receipt of benefits/ income when you enrol.

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It helped me to feel more confident.
ESOL learner (2023)
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Courses

Pre-Entry / Entry 1

This class is aimed at beginners with little, or no English. It is suitable for learners who may use a different alphabet – a non-Roman script e.g. Arabic, Bulgarian or Japanese.

You will learn basic vocabulary and to read a variety of short texts and recognise some common words. You will learn to write short sentences in English, fill in forms and spell some common words. You will start to become more confident in speaking.

From Pre-Entry / Entry 1 you will have the option to progress to Entry 2.

This class is for learners who can introduce themselves, describe their daily routine and their likes and dislikes.

You will learn to read longer texts and be able to identify the purpose of various texts. You will start to use past and future tenses and will learn to write short letters and emails. You will be able to engage in short forms of social communication.

From Entry 2 you will have the option to progress to Entry 3.

This class is for learners who can talk and write about events in the past, present and future. They use adjectives in sentences to give more information and able to use formal language appropriately.

You will develop more advanced writing skills enabling you to use more formal vocabulary to write longer letters and emails.

From Entry 3 you will have the option to progress to Level 1.

This class is for learners who can write accurately about events in the past, present and future and can hold a conversation at an advanced level.

You will be able to communicate confidently, taking part in discussion and expressing your opinions and point of view. You will have a wider vocabulary and be able to spell a range of words accurately. You will be able to read and understand complex texts and comment on what you have read.

From Level 1 you will have the option to progress to a Functional Skills English course.

This course is for learners who aim to achieve an IELTS qualification and wish to improve accuracy, fluency, and range in their own use of the English language.

You will learn about the format of the IELTS exam as well as learning strategies to tackle the four sections of the test (speaking, listening, reading and writing). You will expand your vocabulary by increasing your knowledge of collocations, prefixes, suffixes and paraphrasing. You will review grammar points including more complex structures such as the use of the passive and unreal past. You will practise IELTS papers and get useful tips on exam technique.

This specialised digital skills course is for ESOL learners at Entry Level and Level 1/2. The course addresses the key digital skills needed for daily life including how to use the internet, communicating via email or social media, creating documents using MS office, online shopping, and online safety.

This course will support individuals in receipt of unemployment support benefits and who do not have English as their first language, to explore routes into employment in the UK. The course will include basic employment requirements in the UK, how to write a CV and complete an application form using English language for employment purposes.

This short workshop is aimed at adults who would like to develop their knowledge and skills about self-employment in the UK. The course will cover:

  • Self-employment – is it right for you?
  • Options for setting up a business
  • How to set up as a sole trader
  • Setting up simple accounts for your business
  • Regulations and responsibilities
  • Trading and marketing
  • Where to find business support, benefit and financial advice in the UK

Attendance

We expect all learners to be punctual and attend 100% of classes.

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Now I can better support my children’s learning and development.
ESOL learner (2023)
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Apply and further information

To apply for an ESOL course, complete our simple, online application (with translation options):

Hampshire Learns - ESOL application form

For further information on any of the courses on this page, complete the enquiry form:

Hampshire Learns - Adult Community Learning enquiry form

Alternatively you can email your enquiry to [email protected], giving your name, email address and postcode.

We are not permitted to provide specific financial or benefit advice to individuals.

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