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Introduction to English

Who is this course for?

Are you new to the English Language?

English not your first language?

Do you need help understanding or speaking English?

Do you need help with reading or writing in English?

Would improving your English help you find a job?

If so then this course may be for you.


This course is for adults who are not confident when using English and for second language learners. It offers you the opportunity to develop speaking, reading and writing in English.  You will learn vocabulary that will be useful in your everyday life.





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Course Details

The objective is to reinforce understanding of vocabulary, secure links between speaking, reading and writing, paying attention to conventions of spelling, grammar and punctuation.  But most importantly developing personal confidence to ‘have a go’ learning to speak, read and write English. 


When you enrol with us, we will ask you to complete a simple test. If your level of English is above this level then we will refer you to that level English course. We do this to make sure you are studying at the right level to ensure your personal growth and development.


You will be encouraged to attend regularly.  When you have completed this course you can progress onto the next stage of learning English at Entry Level 1. Our English courses progress all the way to Functional Skills Level 2 which is the same complexity as a GCSE English Qualification and is regarded as an equivalent Level 2 qualification with employers when looking for jobs. 


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

  • Make and speak a statement and/or question using rules of grammar correctly 80% of the time.

  • Read 80% of Fry’s or the Dolch word list.

  • Write simple sentences using words from either Fry’s or the Dolch list using capital letters and full stops correctly.

  • Personal targets will also be set.

Entry Requirements

You will need to provide evidence that you have any of the following:

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

  • Proof of immigration status


The benefits of this course

Learning in a supportive environment, away from the demands of normal life, where professional teaching for individual needs, will support understanding, progression and individual achievement.  This class will enable you to explore English in an informal way, learning alongside other adults sharing guided conversations designed to improve skills in speaking and listening, reading and writing, spelling, punctuation and grammar.  You will also be able to find out about other available courses.   



All learning at Sandwell Adult and Family Learning (SAFL) is supportive and safe and where possible professional teaching is personalised to the requirements of each learner. Learning support will be provided by the tutor. Teaching is through practical activities, group work and discussion. Full participation will require you to find some time to complete homework, which will be marked and commented on by the tutor with guidance to help you to know how to improve.


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 (ILP).  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 individual feedback.  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 to you at the end of the course, when you have achieved your learning outcomes.


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

There are Progression in English courses available if you are ready and feel confident to progress further with your learning in English or onto another SAFL course, for example Maths, ICT or Administration.


Costs and Fees?

There are no fees charged to you.

Your course fees are paid for through the West Midlands Combined Authority, which is government funding.

Equipment Required

 Writing paper and a pen.