Supporting ESOL on vocational / technical courses (Code: C0880)

Integrating the development of English skills within vocational programmes has now become both an established support model and a key indicator of high-quality teaching across the curriculum; ESOL learners have particular support needs in terms of both spoken and written English. This one-day course sets out to explore how practitioners working with ESOL learners can meet those needs through a range of embedded teaching strategies.

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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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?

This course is suitable for any practitioner working with ESOL learners in the Further Education and Training sector, for example:

  • vocational lecturers
  • workplace trainers
  • assessors
  • learning support assistants.

This course may also be of interest to ESOL specialists, as well as to English teachers, vocational tutors and learning support assistants who are working directly with ESOL learners.

Training aim

Drawing on lessons learnt from lockdown, this course helps prepare practitioners to offer embedded support for ESOL learners' English skills development. It explores the range of barriers that ESOL learners face when dealing with spoken and written instructions and when tacking reading and writing tasks in vocational contexts. The course demonstrates how teachers and other practitioners can support learners to address these difficulties and build their confidence and skills with English in order to do their best in their chosen fields.


By the end of the session you will have the knowledge and confidence to:

  • identify the English skills commonly required on vocational programmes
  • identify which of these prove most challenging for learners  
  • explore any additional barriers faced by ESOL learners  
  • support ESOL learners with their spoken English and the use of specialist vocabulary  
  • support ESOL learners with the reading and writing tasks needed to access their vocational areas
  • choose some appropriate digital tools and websites for use in embedded support
  • progress to self-study opportunities offered through Foundation Online Learning.


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