City and Guilds
City and guilds ESOL qualifications are designed to support English language development for work or further learning; in these, there are three units: Reading, Writing and Speaking & Listening. The full-mode qualification requires all three, although a standalone Speaking and Listening qualification is also available. City and guilds ESOL Skills for Life is for anyone living in the UK whose first language isn’t English. There are five levels available, to meet the needs of people whose English is at different levels.
Depending on the level you choose, the English that you’ll learn will help you to:
- find a job or get on at work
- deal with public services such as housing offices or doctors
- help your child get on at school
- get more involved in the local community.
For a city and guilds ESOL Skills for Life Certificate you’ll normally attend classes at either a college a community centre or within your workplace. You’ll learn in a group, but you may also have to do some work on your own. Your centre will normally want to carry out a short test (known as an initial assessment) to confirm which ESOL Skills for Life qualification and a level that is right for you.
Delivering City and Guilds
To deliver these qualifications you will need suitably qualified staff to carry out training and assessment. The ESOL Skills for Life qualifications are designed to be used with the Adult ESOL Core Curriculum. At Entry 1, 2 and 3, learners complete an assignment which is centre-assessed. There’s a choice of assignment titles. Each assignment title covers speaking and listening, reading and writing. At Levels 1 and 2, speaking and listening and writing are assessed by supervised portfolio. Reading is assessed using an externally-marked assessment (based on the same specification as City and Guilds Functional Skills English Reading assessments).
The Adult City and Guilds ESOL Core Curriculum is essential reading for all ESOL Skills for Life tutors and assessors. A thorough understanding of the core curriculum is also crucial for marking the assignments and Levels 1-2 portfolio activities.
If learners are intending to use this qualification towards the Knowledge of Language and Life requirements for permanent Settlement or Naturalisation, they will need to ensure that they also meet all of the Home Office’s other requirements.
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