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Community Based ESOL and Modern Languages

ESOL Home Learning Volunteer Training Course

Campus Duncan Place Resource Centre

Qualification SCQF Level 4

Study mode Part time

Duration 20 weeks

Start date Jan 2022

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Course overview

What is the ESOL Home Tutor Training Course?

This is a great opportunity to gain some teaching experience providing access to English Language learning for adults (including refugees) across Edinburgh and the Lothians.

Why choose ESOL Home Tutor Training?

Home tutoring students gives you a great chance to develop a strong working relationship, more involvement and understanding of the needs and desires of someone interested in learning English. This course will provide first-hand experience in teaching and will help you develop your basic teaching techniques and lesson planning experience. This course gives you the independence to help develop your teaching creativity and the flexibility to fit around your schedule.

Due to COVID-19 it is most likely that the information sessions, selection session and training course will be held online via Zoom, not on campus.  

Please note that during COVID-19, lessons with students have also been taking place online, using Zoom and WhatsApp. We are hoping to resume face to face lessons in the spring, but this remains uncertain at the moment. Support workers can help with online materials and approaches.

Contact us

If you would like to find out more about becoming a volunteer before applying, please contact us:

email: Agnieszka.Waszak@edinburghcollege.ac.uk

phone:  0131 297 9657

What you will learn

The programme consists of three elements:

Introductory Training

Volunteer Tutors must attend a five-day introductory course over a period of six weeks before meeting a student. The introductory training will develop your language awareness, basic teaching techniques, advice on lesson planning and inform volunteers about the philosophy, administration and support networks of the programme. The tutor training course is delivered using group work discussions, videos and demonstrations from other course tutors and include an informal group practice assessment.

On-going Training

You will have an individual support worker who is an experienced ESOL teacher, who will offer guidance and advice when you need it. You will also receive a newsletter, regular phone calls, attend meetings and training sessions during your time on the programme. Books and teaching materials are available.

Placement information

You will meet the student at a mutually convenient time and place, usually weekday daytime in the student’s home, though tuition may also take place in the evening. The teaching opportunities will be 4-5 hours per week for nine months including travel, preparation and tutoring.

Tuition is offered to students for nine months at first. However, tutors may work longer than this, perhaps with another student. Many tutors work for several years on the ESOL Home Learning Programme. Tuition is geared to the individual student and their abilities. It could involve spoken and/or written English at a variety of levels depending on the situations specific to the student, e.g. communicating with health and educational services. Students come from a range of countries including Sudan, Syria, Pakistan and Turkey.

How the course is assessed

Successful completion of the training course, informally assessed through completion of coursework and teaching exercises will lead to a placement with us as a volunteer.

Entry requirements

No formal qualifications or experience are necessary. However, you should have good communication skills with patience, flexibility and an interest in people and the process of language learning.

If you have any TEFL or CELTA experience and would be interested in volunteering in one of our classes instead of teaching one-to-one then please contact our administration assistant Agnieszka Waszak.  Agnieszka.Waszak@edinburghcollege.ac.uk

Information on Tests / Auditions / Interview Requirements

Information and Selection – it is only necessary to attend one Information Session, then, if you are interested in continuing, you must attend the Selection Session.

Information Session Thursday 20/1/22 or Thursday 27/1/22

9.15 am -11.15 am 

Overview of the organisation and our expectations of volunteer tutors

Selection Selection Thursday 27/1/22

12.15 pm -2.15 pm

Case studies and selection

If you are selected to do the training you should ensure that you can attend on the course dates below. It is necessary to attend both morning and afternoon sessions.

Session 1 Thursday 3/2/22  

9.15 am - 11.15 am

  • Communication strategies and learning styles

Session 2 Thursday 3/2/22

12.15 pm - 2.15 pm

  • The experience of adult language learners

Session 3 Thursday 10/2/22

9.15 am - 11.15 am

  • Identifying a student’s goals and planning a programme

Session 4 Thursday 10/2/22

12.15 pm - 2.15 pm

  • Identifying a student’s goals and current levels of skills
  • Identifying the language skills in a student’s goals
  • Using OneDrive to access resources

Session 5 Thursday 24/2/22

9.15 am - 11.15 am

  • Lesson planning

Session 6 Thursday 24/2/22

12.15 pm - 2.15 pm

  • Developing listening skills

Session 7 Thursday 3/3/22

9.15 am - 11.15 am

  • The introductory visit.
  • Speaking skills

Session 8 Thursday 3/3/22 

12.15 pm - 2.15  pm

  • Micro-teaching and Dealing with unexpected events

By the end of Session 8, we hope that you will feel able to start your work, with support from your Support Worker who can help to apply aspects of the course to the individual with whom you are working.

Contact your Support Worker with any queries once you start working.

Session 9 Thursday 5/5/22

9.15 am - 11.15 am

  • Developing reading and writing skills
  • Please get a sample of your student’s writing at the
  • introductory visit and bring it to this session.

The course includes 5 hours of flexible learning. Assignments will be given to prepare for the following week’s discussions. Information, Selection and training sessions take place via Zoom

English Proficiency Requirements IELTS 5.5 orSQA ESOL National 5 - minimum of B grade

Progression and Articulation Routes

  • Introduction to TESOL and Grammar Awareness
  • CELTA

Career options

  • ESOL teacher

Community Based ESOL paper application form

Study Options

Campus Study mode Start date Duration
Duncan Place Resource Centre Part time 24/01/22 20 Weeks

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