Teaching ESOL Literacy Learners

Learning Unlimited is a leader in the field of teaching basic literacy to ESOL learners.  Conventional teacher training for ESOL/EFL and Literacy teachers does not usually cover this area of overlap between the two subjects despite the fact that a large number of ESOL learners have low level or no literacy in their home language(s).

Learning Unlimited offers its own nationally acclaimed training course for ESOL and Literacy professionals – Teaching ESOL Literacy Learners (TELLs) – which includes the course reader ‘Teaching Basic Literacy to ESOL learners’ by Marina Speigel and Helen Sunderland (2006).

The TELLs course can be commissioned for groups of ESOL teachers and/or volunteers as either a 2-day, 3-day or 4-day course. The course covers the theory and practice of working with ESOL learners who have basic literacy needs. It aims to equip participants with ideas, strategies and skills enabling them to:

  • explore and analyse the development of reading and writing skills
  • develop their knowledge of teaching and learning approaches, including phonics
  • design and select appropriate materials and resources
  • assess and respond to their learners’ needs more easily
  • differentiate, manage and plan individual sessions and courses
  • develop their understanding of dyslexia and individual learning styles

The course can be delivered either in-person at your centre, online, or a combination of both. A Learning Unlimited TELLs Certificate will be awarded to those who complete the course.

If you would like to find out more about commissioning this course, please do get in touch.

In addition to the Teaching ESOL Literacy Learners course, you can also buy the highly-rated ‘Teaching Basic Literacy to ESOL learners’ by Marina Speigel and Helen Sunderland (2006).

Please feel free to contact us if you would like to find out more about Learning Unlimited’s work around teaching basic literacy to ESOL learners or to discuss possible partnership work with us on projects or training which includes supporting ESOL learners’ literacy.