Al Hayat offers ESOL with
Citizenship courses from Pre – Entry level to
Entry Level 3 in order to guide and develop
learners’ skills to live and work in the UK.

NO FEE PAYMENT COURSES

Our ESOL progression classes are generally 12 weeks long, with 2, 3-hour ESOL sessions weekly, from 9.30 – 12.30pm.

Project classes also include ICT sessions and integration visits and invited speakers. This allows the learner to become more integrated into the local community, and develop more skills for work and life in the UK.

Days of classes vary, and all details can be obtained by contacting info@alhayatlanguages.com, or phoning 01254 433736.

ENTRY 2/3 – ESOL PROGRESSION – SYLLABUS
The Syllabus relates intrinsically to that described in the ESOL Curriculum.
 

Speaking & Listening

  •  Listen, understand & reply correctly – to people you talk to / on the telephone.
  • Listen for gist (main ideas) or details on T.V., tapes or radio.
  • Ask & answer questions correctly, in many different situations:

         –  to give information
         –  to give instructions
         –  to give explanations

  • Describe – people – places & – events in the past.
  • Describe – people – places & – events in the present.
  • Express your ideas about your future.
  • Pronounce words correctly, using the correct stress, & a way of saying the words (intonation).
  • Ask people to explain or repeat sentences and interrupt politely.
  • Give your views and opinions clearly, & listen to the views of others.
  • Use verbs correctly in speaking.
  • Use correct prepositions & articles.
 

 Reading

  • Understand the main events in different kinds of texts (stories, descriptions, explanations).
  • Know about different purposes of texts – dictionaries, phone books, catalogues, internet sites – & use alphabetical order or search engines (e.g. Google) to find information.
  • Practise using different reading skills – skimming, scanning, understanding images (e.g. for maps and instructions).
  • Understand more vocabulary.
 

Writing

  • Plan & draft writing.
  • Organise writing in clear paragraphs – an put ideas in order, using linking words (e.g. because, before, next, finally).
  • Check your writing and find your mistakes.
  • Fill in difficult forms.
  • Improve the kind of sentences you write.
  • Improve your basic grammar.
  • Use punctuation correctly.
  • Improve spelling.
  • Improve handwriting.

 

SUMMARY OF GRAMMAR PROGRESSION

The approach we use is communicative grammar.

 

Grammar included in the verb phrase: 

E2 Review

GRAMMAR

  • Question forms – Simple Present
  • Present continuous
  • Present simple & Simple past
  • Simple Past
FUNCTION

Ask & answer questions

Describe pictures – say what people are doing / thinking

Apologies

Describe events in the past

 

E3 Review

GRAMMAR

  • Past continuous
  • Present perfect – for / since / ago
  • Present perfect – ever / yet
  • Future forms – going to
  • Future forms – will
  • Hope / plan / would like
  • Prefer / rather than
  • Modal verbs

– would / could / should

FUNCTION

Describe past activities over a period of time

For things that happened in the past, and are still continuing

For things that happened at some time in the past – not important

For planned intentions

For spontaneous intentions

For hopes for the future – degrees of certainty

To explain preferences

For giving opinions, not facts

For offering, inviting, giving advice

 

Grammar included in the noun phrase

E2-Adjectives, prepositions of time and place, adverbs.

E3-Descriptive phrases & clauses, prepositions, connectives & conjunctions.

 

Our ESOL progression classes are generally 12 weeks long, with 2, 3-hour ESOL sessions weekly, from 9.30 – 12.30pm.

Project classes also include ICT sessions and integration visits and invited speakers. This allows the learner to become more integrated into the local community, and develop more skills for work and life in the UK.

Days of classes vary, and all details can be obtained by contacting 
info@alhayatlanguages.com, or phoning 01254 433736

Entry 1/2 – ESOL Progression  Syllabus

The Syllabus relates intrinsically to that described in the ESOL Curriculum.

 

Speaking & Listening

Listen & respond  – to spoken language, including simple narratives, statements, questions and single-step instructions.

Speak to Communicate – clearly, & give basic information, feelings and opinions on familiar topics.

 

Engage in Discussion – with another person in a familiar situation about familiar topics.

 

Functions;

    • Give personal information – Introduce self, family and friends.
    • Invite and give simple directions.
    • Offer food and drink.
    • Give likes and dislikes & ask for opinions of another person.
    • Give information about daily life, and the neighbourhood.
    • Talk about your class to another person.
    • Entry 2 – Describe, using simple past tense.

Stress & intonation patterns

 

Reading

Read and understand short texts with repeated language patterns on familiar and citizenship topics – at Entry 1 or Entry 2.

 

Writing

Fill in a form with personal information.

Use capital letters and lower case correctly.

Construct a simple sentence giving personal information.

Entry 2 – write a short paragraph, using capitals and full stops correctly, and simple connectives.

 

Topics

E1
Daily Life
Transport
Health
Education
Going to Work
E2

Getting Around
 Free Time & Leisure
Community News
Culture
Education
Looking for Work

 

Grammar

Word order in simple sentences.

Noun phrases – plurals.

Verb forms (Simple Present) & time markers in statements, questions, negatives & short forms.

Adjectives

Adverbs & prepositional phrases.

 

Pronunciation

Pronounce words with correct stress – Names of people, places, addresses.

Understand rising inflexion for questions.

Use contractions – e.g. I’ve, she’s you’ve, don’t.

Understand how pronunciation changes – simple stressed and unstressed version

of words – e.g. and; can

 

Our ESOL progression classes are generally 12 weeks long, with 2, 3-hour ESOL sessions weekly, from 9.30 – 12.30pm.

Project classes also include ICT sessions and integration visits and invited speakers. This allows the learner to become more integrated into the local community, and develop more skills for work and life in the UK.

Days of classes vary, and all details can be obtained by contacting info@alhayatlanguages.com, or phoning 01254 433736

PreEntry

Beginner learners who have no knowledge of English may start with an ‘Introduction to Learning for Speakers of Other Languages’, course (ILSOL). It is accredited by Ascentis.

 

Syllabus

Speaking & Listening

  • Respond to greetings.
  • Respond to personal information questions.
  • Recognise and name common nouns – lexical areas include.

Classroom;  home;  colours;  town;  food and drink;  clothes;  parts of the body.

 

Reading & Writing

  • Trace letters of the alphabet.
  • Match upper & lower case.
  • Complete a short form.
  • Spell common cvc words.
  • Read a limited number of common words.
 

FEE PAYMENT COURSES

We offer short preparation courses for this test covering all the topic areas to be tested, and in small groups concentrating on individual needs. Preparation courses are of 6 hours, or more if necessary. They include registration and booking with Trinity and transport to Manchester for the test. Courses are arranged regularly each month, according to need.

The exam is 10 minutes.  There are 2 parts to the exam

  • The Topic Phase.
  • The Conversation Phase.


In the exam

  • The examiner will welcome you.

 

TOPIC PHASE (about 5 minutes)

  • You talk to the examiner about a topic that interests you.
  • You prepare your topic before the exam using the Topic Form.
  • Take your Topic Form into the exam. Give it to the examiner.  Tell the examiner what you are going to talk about.
  • The examiner asks you questions and talks to you about at least 4 things on your Topic Form.

 

REMEMBER!

  • You must prepare a topic and complete a Topic Form or you can’t pass the exam.
  • This is a conversation. Ask and answer questions naturally.
  • It’s important to use the language of Grade 5.
  • Ask the examiner at least 1 question about your topic.

 

CONVERSATION PHASE (about 5 minutes)

The examiner chooses any two of the following six subjects to talk about:

  • Festivals
  • Means of transport.
  • Special occasions, e.g. birthday celebrations.
  • Entertainment, e.g. cinema, television, clubs.
  • Music
  • Recent personal experiences.

 

REMEMBER!

  • The examiner isn’t testing your knowledge of the subjects – only your language.
  • It’s important to use the language of Grade 5.
  • Ask the examiner at least 1 question about the subjects.
  • This is a conversation. Ask and answer questions naturally.

We offer short preparation courses for this test covering all the topic areas to be tested, and in small groups concentrating on individual needs. Preparation courses are of 6 hours, or more if necessary. They include registration and booking with Trinity and transport to Manchester for the test. Courses are arranged regularly each month, according to need.

Information for learners –     A2
These tests are needed for Immigration purposes.

You must pass a Secure English Language Test in  at least level A2 to qualify for Further Leave to Remain in the UK (visa extension).

You need this 2 ½  years after arrival on the 5 year partner or parent route to settlement.

You need to take the test at the Trinity centre in Manchester.

 

The A2 test is

  • A 7- minute speaking & listening test. ONLY speaking & listening.
  • This is in a 1 – 1 face to face interview with an examiner.
  • Provisional results are given on the same day.
  • Certificates are usually sent within 7 days.

 

You will answer questions about

  • Yourself
  • Daily routines
  • Picture prompts
  • Jobs
  • Your house
  • Directions
  • Weather

Preparation courses for the computer-based test – Life in the UK – run for 8 weeks,  with 2 sessions running weekly, of 3 hours each.

The course is learner centred with discussion and explanation in all topic areas.  The materials are produced exclusively by Al Hayat, and include a variety of pictures and prompts to aid understanding.  It develops strategies for reading and understanding how meaning is built up in complex texts.  The course covers all the areas in the ‘Life in the UK’ Home Office handbook;

  • History
  • Modern history
  • Parliament
  • Monarchy
  • Global power
  • Religion & culture
  • British Constitution
  • UK & International organisations

Practise on-line tests are an integral part of the course, with laptops available for all learners.