Questions 3.4e to 3.4g – English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL)

Find out what you need to consider to answer questions relating to ESOL

3.4e English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL)

Please confirm that:

  • ESOL will be monitored and
  • each adult will receive English language tuition within one month of arrival

This is a tick box question to check that you are aware of your sponsor obligations in regard to helping adults to access English language learning.

3.4.f  How will your group ensure that each resettled adult receives a minimum of eight hours of accredited ESOL each week during their first year in the UK? (150 words) 

This part of the application is for you to demonstrate that you have a sufficient understanding of ESOL options available in your area and that you are prepared to seek and budget for alternative ESOL tuition options if necessary. The adult refugees (18+) you support will be required to attend eight hours of accredited ESOL lessons per week. When possible, many Groups prefer to utilise their local colleges that offer ESOL tuition free to refugees. However, due to different factors such as high demand for classes and the need to register at the beginning of the term, you may need to seek alternative options so it’s important to show that you have researched all ESOL options available to your Group. Find out more information to help you answer these questions in our ESOL for Group Leaders resource.

Asking the following questions to ESOL providers will help you formulate answers that address different types of ESOL provision, ensuring ESOL requirements are met and progress is monitored. These questions will help for your own plans and knowledge, however, with 150 words to answer this question, only relay key information in your answer.

When contacting colleges:

  • What is the registration process for new students?
  • How often is new enrolment available?
  • Can new students join classes after the term begins?
  • Are classes during the day or at night for entry level?
  • How many hours per week can refugees attend classes at the college?
  • How does the college monitor progress?
  • Is childcare available at the college for ESOL students?
  • Are they aware if places will be available around the estimated time of arrival of the refugee family?

When it is not possible to rely on colleges for ESOL tuition or the college cannot offer the full eight hours per week, your Group will need to make alternate arrangements. Even if you are confident that the refugees you support will have a place at the local college regardless of when they arrive, you should research alternative options.

For ESOL volunteers:

  • Do you have a valid ESOL teaching certification?
  • How many hours per week can you realistically pledge to teach English?
  • Are you available during the day while children attend school?
  • Are you willing to provide lessons with a baby present?
  • How will progress be monitored?

Remember that your Lead Sponsor can claim for £850 per refugee accessing ESOL classes, whether delivered by your Group or a local provider – find out more about this in our available sources of funding resource.

Whilst this question only asks you about formal English language learning, don’t forget how important informal opportunities to learn English are (although you don’t have to address this here). 

3.4.g If the adults you are supporting have had little or no formal education, what support with basic literacy and numeracy will you provide? (150 words)

A significant portion of refugees arriving in the UK, not only do not know the Latin alphabet, but also have poor literacy in their own language. This presents a challenge when learning a new language, especially as many English classes for beginners are very text based. Some colleges and adult education providers are used to working with students with low literacy – find out what your local providers can offer, and if you have a choice, which one offers most support. When you will be allocated a family and receive the personal data of the refugee family the Resettlement Registration Form will indicate the level of education and literacy each adult has. If you are going to be supporting adults with low literacy, consider identifying someone to do one-to-one support outside of regular ESOL provision to speed up their progress. Think through how you can provide basic numeracy support too. Read through our resource for supporting adults with low or no literacy in their own language