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ESOL E1 Beginners

This level is for people who can speak, read and write a few words in English but nothing more! On the course, you will learn a lot of new words and simple grammar to help you ask and answer questions, talk and write about yourself, family and friends, and read some letters, emails and forms.

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Who is this course for

This course is for beginners. Maybe you can speak and write a few words - for example, What's your name? Where are you from? How are you? You can read a few words and write the English alphabet. But nothing more!

What does this course cover

In this course, you will practise your speaking, listening, reading and writing. You will learn a lot of words about people, jobs, clothes, sport, the body and places. You will speak, listen, read and write about:
- yourself, your family, your friends,
- about what you like and don't like
- about life in the UK
- your past life.

You will practise speaking so your friends, neighbours and people in shops and offices can understand you. You will practise your grammar - adjectives, nouns, and verb tenses, for example the present simple, past simple and present continuous.

You will prepare for ESOL E1 speaking, listening, reading and writing exams.

What will it be like

Some sessions on this course will be run online using Zoom, other sessions will be in the classroom.

The teacher will use videos, YouTube, songs, pictures, recordings and an electronic whiteboard. You will work in groups, pairs and on your own. You will speak and listen a lot. You will play games. You will read stories, and use maps and diagrams. You will write short sentences and letters and fill in forms. You will do many different things - you will not be bored!

The teacher will talk often to you about your progress. You need to keep a folder with all your work in. You need to do homework and come to every class.

What else do you need to buy or do

The course will be run on Zoom, please make sure you have installed it in advance of your first class on your computer or mobile device. You can sign up for free here:

You will need a microphone and camera, so we can see you via video, but your phone, tablet or computer will probably have one. You can use headphones during the session if you want to.

Please note that if you used you might not be able to do everything in the session.

Make a small space to work in quiet so that you can concentrate on what is happening in the class.

By signing up to the course you are consenting to being on camera. The content of the lesson may occasionally be recorded by the tutor for internal education and training purposes but any such recordings will not be made available to anyone outside of the Mary Ward Centre organisation without us asking you asking you again for further permission to do so.

You need an A4 file, paper, pens and pencils. An English dictionary is also good. Other materials and books are in the Student Resource Room.

You need to do homework and practise outside the classroom.
You take exams in February and July.

What this course could lead to

When you have passed all exams at Entry level 1, you can go to Entry Level 2. If you are not ready to pass the exams, you can repeat Entry level 1.

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This course has concessions available for people who meet certain criteria

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Why choose Mary Ward?

Mary Ward Centre is the adult education centre with a difference. We provide a wide range of subjects for people at all levels and run courses during the day, evening and weekends to suit your timetable. You can learn face to face at one of our centres (Bloomsbury or Waterloo) or take an online course

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