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English for Speakers of Other Languages - Entry Level 2

This course is delivered by Focussing First on People.
Online with Tutor 

About this course

A key aim for Functional Skills English specifications is that they should enable the student to develop confidence and fluency in, and a positive attitude towards, English. Students should be able to demonstrate their competence in English by using it in real world situations as well as demonstrating a sound grasp of basic English knowledge and skills.

Reading, Listening and Communicating

This should include short narratives and explanations and instructions, discussions and straightforward information and instructions. 

  • Identify and extract the main information and detail from short explanations.
  • Make requests and ask clear questions appropriately in different contexts.
  • Respond appropriately to straightforward questions
  • Follow the gist of discussions
  • Clearly express straightforward information and communicate feelings and opinions on a range of straightforward topics
  • Make appropriate contributions to simple group discussions with others about a straightforward topic.


This should include short, straightforward texts that instruct, inform, describe and narrate.

  • Read correctly words designated for Entry Level 2
  • Understand the main point in texts
  • Understand organisational markers in short, straightforward texts
  • Use effective strategies to find the meaning of words and check their spelling (e.g. a simple spell checker, or dictionary)
  • Read and understand sentences with more than one clause
  • Use illustrations, images and captions to locate information


This should include short straightforward texts such as letters, e-mails and simple narratives.

Spelling, Punctuation and Grammar

  • Use basic punctuation correctly (e.g. full stops, capital letters, question and exclamation marks.
  • Form regular plurals
  • Use the first and second letters to sequence words in alphabetical order
  • Spell correctly words designated for Entry Level 2

Writing Composition

  • Communicate information using words an phrases appropriate to audience.
  • Complete a form asking for personal information (e.g. first name, surname, address, postcode, age, date of birth)
  • Write in compound sentences, using common conjunctions (e.g. or, and, but) to connect clauses
  • Use adjectives and simple linking words in the appropriate way.

Course length: 

Circa 2 weeks

Purpose for Entry levels

A qualification to demonstrate the ability at an appropriate level to read, write, speak, listen and communicate in English, and to apply this knowledge and these skills in familiar situations. 

Learning aims and outcomes at entry level

Qualifications at these levels indicate that students should be able to speak, listen, communicate, read and write with increasing clarity, accuracy and effectiveness at each level. They should be able to:

  • Listen, understand and respond to verbal communication in a range of familiar contexts;
  • Acquire an understanding of everyday words and their uses and effects, and apply this understanding in different contexts;
  • Read with accuracy straightforward texts encountered in everyday life and work, and develop confidence to read more widely;
  • Write straightforward texts and documents with clarity and effectiveness, and demonstrate a sound grasp of spelling, punctuation and grammar. Students should, with some direction and guidance, be able to apply these functional skills to informal and some formal contexts, in familiar situations.

The course cost is £724 per delegate
The course cost with Accelerate grant is £434 per delegate

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