Supporting ESOL on English courses (Code: C0878)

Drawing on lessons learnt from lockdown, this course aims to support teachers of GCSE and Functional Skills English who have ESOL learners in their groups and need to ensure their approaches are inclusive and prepare all learners, including ESOL, to make progress.

Pricing options

There are two pricing options.

1. Individual fees

• SET member: £85

• Non-SET member: £100

2. In-house

Get the maximum value from your CPD budget and run an in-house course at a date and time to suit. In-house course: £500

To book an in-house course please follow this link:


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No suitable dates or locations? Please register your interest and we will let you know about new events as they are announced.

Free Places

A limited number of free places are offered on this course. Please see the 'Upcoming' section above for current availability. Free places are offered to ensure greater diversity on our courses, so to qualify you must either:

  • Work in an organisation in one of the 12 opportunity areas (Blackpool, Bradford, Derby, Doncaster, Fenland and East Cambridgeshire, Hastings, Ipswich, Norwich, Oldham, Scarborough, Stoke, West Somerset)
  • Work in an organisation with an annual turnover of less than £500,000
  • Consider yourself to have a disability
  • Come from a Black, Asian or minority ethnic (BAME) background

You must also agree to be contacted by our evaluation team.

To book a free place find a course that has free places remaining and book a single place. At the payments stage of the booking you will be asked to tell us which of the three criteria you meet. Once selected, click on the 'recalculate' button to reduce the cost of the booking to zero and complete the booking.

If, for whatever reason, you are unable to attend, please advise us at least one week before the course takes place. This will allow us to offer the free place to someone else who works in the FE sector, so they can take advantage of this offer.

SET Membership

SET members are entitled to an exclusive 15% discount off this ETF professional development course.

Find out more about SET membership on the Society for Education and Training (SET) website.

Who is this for?

Teachers, learning support assistants and curriculum managers of GCSE English, Functional Skills English and family literacy.

Training aim

Drawing on lessons learnt from lockdown, this course aims to help Functional Skills and GCSE tutors identify the challenges that some ESOL learners face in English classes and then explore how a range of different approaches /adaptations to existing techniques might be used to support their improvement in all four skills ( Reading, Writing and Speaking & Listening).


By the end of the course you will have:

  • identified which aspects of GCSE and Functional Skills English learners find most challenging  
  • identified some of the barriers that make these areas more difficult for ESOL learners  
  • explored different methods and resources to help learners access Functional Skills and GCSE reading and writing tasks
  • explored the use of some practical tips to help ESOL learners get the most from their English classes  
  • identified some useful e-learning tools and websites supporting ESOL learners. 


This is a blended learning course, which consists of two 2-hour live sessions and self-led learning between them. The live sessions will be held at least one week apart, giving you a week to complete the mid-course tasks.

Contact us

If this course is not currently available at a suitable date/location, please register your interest and we will let you know about new events as they are announced.

If you have any questions, please contact:

T: 0800 0 831 830