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Community Based ESOL and Modern Languages

ESOL Home Learning Volunteer Training Course

Campus Granton Campus

Qualification SCQF Level 4

Study mode Part time

Duration 20 - 21 weeks

Start date Jan 2023

Choose your study options

Campus Granton Campus Study mode Part time Start date 16/01/23 Duration 21 Weeks
Campus Granton Campus Study mode Part time Start date 23/01/23 Duration 20 Weeks

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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 an 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.

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

Following information and selection sessions, Volunteer Tutors must attend a four-day introductory course over a period of four weeks before meeting a student - details below. The introductory training will develop your language awareness, basic teaching techniques, and 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 includes 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, and 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.

We welcome applications from speakers of community languages.

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

Attendance at one of the two Information sessions plus successful completion of the selection session

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

Study Options

Campus Study mode Start date Duration
Granton Campus Part time 16/01/23 21 Weeks
Granton Campus Part time 23/01/23 20 Weeks

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