Introduction to English

Course Details

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 e.g. for medical appointments, interaction with school, shopping, banking or dealing with the local authority.

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. 


You will be encouraged to attend regularly.  You will be working to develop your skills in English to progress from pre-entry to E1 or E1 to E2.


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

  • Construct and speak a statement and/or question using conventions 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 in simple sentences using capital letters and full stops correctly.

  • Personal targets will also be agreed.


Entry Requirements

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

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

  • Proof of immigration status






Start Date

End Date


Ron Davis Centre Monday 9:30am - 11:30am 04/05/2020 13/07/20/20 *Call the Centre
Ron Davis Centre Wednesday 1pm - 3pm 06/05/2020 15/07/2020 *Call the Centre
Tipton College Thursday 9:30am - 11:30am 07/05/2020 16/07/2020 *Call the Centre
Thimblemill Library Thursday 1pm - 3pm 07/05/2020 16/07/2020 *Call the Centre  
Ron Davis Centre Friday 10am -12pm 08/05/2020 17/07/2020 *Call the Centre

The benefits of this course

Learning in a supportive environment, away from the demands of normal life, where professional teaching, differentiated for individual need, 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 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. 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.  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.


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

 Writing paper and a pen.