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English for Speakers of Other Languages - Entry Level 3

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 straightforward narratives, account, explanations, instructions, discussions, information and descriptions.. 

  • Identify and extract relevant information and detail from straightforward explanations.
  • Make requests and ask concise questions using appropriate language in different contexts.
  • Communicate information and opinions clearly on a range of topics
  • Respond appropriately to questions on a range of straightforward topics
  • Follow and understand the main points of discussion
  • Make relevant contributions to group discussions with others about straightforward topics.
  • Listen to and respond appropriately to other points of view, respecting conventions of turn taking.


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

  • Read correctly words designated for Entry Level 3
  • Identify, understand and extract the main points and ideas in and from texts
  • Identify different purposes of straightforward texts
  • Use effective strategies to find the meaning of words and check their spelling (e.g. a dictionary, working out meaning from context; using knowledge of different word types)
  • Understand organisational features and use them to locate relevant information (e.g. contexts, index, menus, tabs and links)


This should include straightforward texts such as narratives, instructions, explanations and reports. 

Spelling, Punctuation and Grammar

  • Use a range of punctuation correctly (e.g. full stops, question and exclamation marks, commas).
  • Form irregular plurals
  • Use the first, second and third place letters to sequence words in alphabetical order
  • Spell correctly words designated for Entry Level 3

Writing Composition

  • Communicate information, ideas and opinions clearly and in a logical sequence (e.g chronologically, by task)
  • Write text of an appropriate level of detail and of appropriate length (including where this is specified)
  • Use appropriate format and structure when writing straightforward texts including the appropriate use of headings and bullet points
  • Write in compound sentences and paragraphs where appropriate
  • Use language appropriate for purpose and audience

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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