GENERAL ESOL FOR SCHOOLS SCP
SCQF Level 6
Community Based ESOL and Modern Languages

Course Overview
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We offer ESOL courses and qualifications at a range of levels:


  • National 3
  • National 4
  • National 5
  • Higher


The courses take place 2 days a week after school, with a choice of Monday/Wednesday or Tuesday/Thursday from 4 - 6.30 at Drummond Community High School in the city centre. They offer S4 - 6 school pupils the opportunity to improve their English language skills, gain additional SQA qualifications and learn in a supportive and friendly environment with other young people who share similar experiences.

What You Will Learn
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National 3 and 4 ESOL

You will develop and build your English language skills for listening, speaking, reading and writing and build your vocabulary, study skills and confidence in using English.  The courses cover a range of topics relevant to life in Scotland.

 

National 5 ESOL

  • Speaking practice is done in a way that increases grammatical accuracy at the same time as giving students the self-confidence to become more fluent. 
  • Listening practice focuses both on listening for gist and on listening for specific sound patterns and thus helping with any pronunciation issues students may have.
  • Reading practice is done mainly through intensive reading, which is excellent preparation for the exam as well as a rich source of new vocabulary.
  • Writing practice takes the form of increasing accuracy on the word level, sentence level, paragraph level and complete text level, covering the genres of formal and informal letters and emails, as well as formal essays and reports. 
  • Lesson notes are forwarded to the students digitally after each lesson, helping students to become more effective with the modes of communication that they will be using in the world of work and their future studies.

 

Higher ESOL

  • Face to face classes are blended with digital learning (Google Suite for Education) which accommodates students’ individual needs and allows them to study at their own pace. 
  • High quality teaching is enhanced with the use of technology which will allow students to develop their digital skills. 
  • You will develop your speaking skills by preparing presentations and taking part in academic discussions and debates. You will learn how to write reports, articles and a range of essays. 
  • Through researching a number of topics, you will develop academic skills such as looking for inferred meaning in texts, writing a coherent argument, taking effective notes or paraphrasing

 

Entry Requirements
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  • National 3 - result of initial placement test
  • National 4 - SQA ESOL National 3 or result of initial placement test
  • National 5 - SQA ESOL National 4 or result of initial placement test
  • Higher - SQA ESOL National 5 (preferably A or B pass) or result of initial placement test
How the course is assessed
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  • National 3 and 4 - internal course assessment of listening, speaking, reading and writing skills
  • National 5 and Higher - external exam
Information on Test/Auditions/Interview Requirements
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New students are given a test of their listening, speaking, reading and writing skills to make sure they are placed in a class at the right level for them.
Progression And Articulation Routes
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  • SQA ESOL National 3 - progress to National 4 ESOL class at Drummond
  • SQA ESOL National 4 - progress to National 5 ESOL class at Drummond
  • SQA ESOL National 5 - progress to vocational college courses or Higher ESOL class at Drummond
  • SQA ESOL Higher - progress to vocational college courses or university

Number Of Days Per Week
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The courses take place 2 days a week after school, with a choice of Monday/Wednesday or Tuesday/Thursday from 4 - 6.30 at Drummond Community High School in the city centre.
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