ESOL Everyday Communications

What is special about this course?

This course has been designed for candidates whose first language is not English but who need to develop their use of English in personal and social contexts. It  will help to develop the skills of speaking, listening, reading and writing English for personal and social purposes.

Candidates will be able to understand: short, spoken and written texts; write short texts and talk to others on topics of immediate personal and general interest. This course can take up to 36 hours of learning which will depend on the candidate's current level of skill.

Entry requirements

Candidates undertaking this course should have some previous knowledge of English at a basic level and will be familiar with the Roman script. If you are unsure of your level, please call your nearest college learning centre to find out more and we can arrange for you to discuss the course with the tutor.

There are three different units to choose from, these are:

  • Everyday Communication (Unit 1) Focusing on topics such as: personal information; the family; accommodation; free time and leisure; media; expressing opinions.
  • Transactional Contexts (Unit 2) Covering how to make purchases; enquiries; bookings; understand instructions; get information; make complaints.
  • Work & Study related Contexts (Unit 3) Communicate well in the workplace or gain the skills to study in English.

It is recommended that you start with Everyday Communication (Unit 1) as this will develop speech, reading and writing on a wide range of topics before focusing on the more complex and specific vocabulary of the other units. After completion, you can progress to the same unit at a higher level, or to a different unit at the same level to extend your skills.

By the end of the course you will have correctly completed a series of short practical assessments, covering the course content as listed above.

How will I study my course?

  • Part Time
  • Leisure

How long will my course last?

18 Weeks

Where can I study my course?

    Start date

    Please contact your local college centre for the various start dates and locations.


    Call your nearest college centre for up to date information.

    What can I do on completion of my course?

    Other relevant ESOL units at various levels.

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    We are delighted that you are thinking about studying at West Highland College UHI. West Highland College operates a fair and open admissions system committed to equality of opportunity and non-discrimination. We consider all applications on merit and on the basis of ability to achieve, without discrimination on grounds of age, disability, gender identity, marriage and civil partnership, pregnancy and maternity status, race, religion and/or belief, sex, sexual orientation or socio-economic background. We welcome applications from all prospective students and aim to provide appropriate and efficient services to students with disabilities.

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