Step into English


Course Details

This course is designed for adults who are confident English speakers, but need to revise or revisit their reading and writing skills. You will be well supported in the class to enable them to become more confident when using English in everyday situations where reading comprehension and written communication is essential i.e. job searching and employment, medical appointments, interactions with schools or the local authority and everyday activities such as shopping and banking.


You will be encouraged to attend regularly.


By the end of the course you will be able to:

  • Make regular contributions to discussions.

  • Read sentences aloud.

  • Write a sentence independently using capital letters and full stops correctly.

  • Spell 50% of the dolch list words correctly.

  • Personal targets will also be agreed.


Entry Requirements

Applicants need to provide evidence that they have:

  • Been a resident of the UK for the past three years.

  • Their immigration status.

Are related to a child in a Sandwell school e.g. parent, carer, guardian, grandparent, aunt or uncle.






Start Date

End Date


Tipton College Thursday 13:00 - 15:00 05/10/2017 14/12/2017  


The benefits of this course

You will gain improved personal independence in reading and writing English to be confident and ‘have a go’ when using English in writing and reading. The aim is to secure links between speaking, reading and writing, paying attention to and revisiting the conventions around spelling, grammar and punctuation. 



The teaching staff genuinely understand the problems that not being confident in reading and writing English makes for adult life.

All of our teaching and learning is provided in an environment that is supportive and safe and where professional teaching is individualised to the requirements of each learner. Learning support will be provided by the tutor. Teaching is through practical activities, group work and discussion. Learners will also be able to find out about other available courses.  


How will progress be monitored and assessed?

Your individual learning goals will be agreed at the beginning of the course and recorded on your individual learning plan.  The ILP will be used throughout the course to assess your progress.  The tutor will assess your learning during the sessions and will provide you with feedback while reviewing your work. You will be asked to provide feedback of your learning experience via a questionnaire.



A Sandwell adult and family learning  (SAFL) certificate  will be awarded at the end of the course, when you have achieved your learning goals.


After completing this course, could I progress onto another course?

There are English courses available for you if you are ready and feel confident to progress onto another SAFL course, for example in Maths, ICT or accredited English courses.


Are there any additional costs?

There are no fees charged to you . Your course fees are paid for through the Educational Skills Funding Agency , which is government funding.


Equipment Required 

Learning materials will be provided but you could bring a pen and paper.