We offer ESOL courses and qualifications at a range of levels:
- National 3
- National 4
- National 5
The courses take place 2 days a week after school, with a choice of Monday/Wednesday or Tuesday/Thursday from 4 - 6.30 at Drummond Community High School in the city centre. They offer S4 - 6 school pupils the opportunity to improve their English language skills, gain additional SQA qualifications and learn in a supportive and friendly environment with other young people who share similar experiences.
National 3 and 4 ESOL
You will develop and build your English language skills for
listening, speaking, reading and writing and build your vocabulary, study
skills and confidence in using English. The courses cover a range of
topics relevant to life in Scotland.
National 5 ESOL
- Speaking practice is done in a way that increases
grammatical accuracy at the same time as giving students the self-confidence to
become more fluent.
- Listening practice focuses both on listening for gist and on listening
for specific sound patterns and thus helping with any pronunciation issues
students may have.
- Reading practice is done mainly through intensive reading, which is
excellent preparation for the exam as well as a rich source of new vocabulary.
- Writing practice takes the form of increasing accuracy on the word
level, sentence level, paragraph level and complete text level, covering the
genres of formal and informal letters and emails, as well as formal essays and
- Lesson notes are forwarded to the students digitally after each lesson,
helping students to become more effective with the modes of communication that
they will be using in the world of work and their future studies.
- Face to face classes are blended with digital
learning (Google Suite for Education) which accommodates students’ individual
needs and allows them to study at their own pace.
- High quality teaching is enhanced with the use of technology which will
allow students to develop their digital skills.
- You will develop your speaking skills by preparing presentations and
taking part in academic discussions and debates. You will learn how to write
reports, articles and a range of essays.
- Through researching a number of topics, you will develop academic skills
such as looking for inferred meaning in texts, writing a coherent argument,
taking effective notes or paraphrasing
- National 3 - result of initial placement test
- National 4 - SQA ESOL National 3 or result of initial placement test
- National 5 - SQA ESOL National 4 or result of initial placement test
- Higher - SQA ESOL National 5 (preferably A or B pass) or result of initial placement test
How the course is assessed
- National 3 and 4 - internal course assessment of listening, speaking, reading and writing skills
- National 5 and Higher - external exam
Information on Test/Auditions/Interview Requirements
New students are given a test of their listening, speaking, reading and writing skills to make sure they are placed in a class at the right level for them.
Progression And Articulation Routes
- SQA ESOL National 3 - progress to National 4 ESOL class at Drummond
- SQA ESOL National 4 - progress to National 5 ESOL class at Drummond
- SQA ESOL National 5 - progress to vocational college courses or Higher ESOL class at Drummond
- SQA ESOL Higher - progress to vocational college courses or university
The courses take place 2 days a week after school, with a choice of Monday/Wednesday or Tuesday/Thursday from 4 - 6.30 at Drummond Community High School in the city centre.