The course is aimed at those who are reasonably fluent in everyday spoken and written English. It focuses on the grammar points identified at the beginning of the course as those most useful to the group and students are given the opportunity to practise these language structures through a range of activities with fellow students. In addition, the course covers reading, writing, listening and speaking skills, with attention given to pronunciation. All of these activities are used to expand vocabulary.
Although not an exam class, the content of the course is useful as preparation for the Cambridge English First examination. The materials used are drawn from a range of sources including authentic spoken and written texts, and Cambridge English examination resources.
The emphasis is on interaction with other students and learning through enjoyment. Topics covered include describing people, health, everyday objects and activities, money and travel.
Please note: If you are new to the college you may want to take the OUP online placement test to ensure that you are placed in the appropriate course for your level of English. You should enrol for 'ESOL with diagnostic test' in the first instance.
Deirdre Lomasney has a B.A. in French language and literature. Having taught ESOL since 2000, she has worked with students from a range of backgrounds for a local authority in London, and Cambridge Women’s Resources Centre. She has also been a writing examiner for Cambridge Assessment since 2012. Deirdre aims to create a positive learning experience for all students, in a strong and supportive group.