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Qualification Grading Type
Why choose this qualification?
The Gateway Qualifications Entry Level Award In Introduction to English for Non-native Speakers (Entry 1) qualification covers very basic speaking, listening, reading and writing skills.
All units are mandatory and the qualification covers the essential English language skills which need to be explicitly taught to the intended target group (but which most learners registering on an Entry 1 ESOL course will already have or be capable of acquiring very quickly).
The Introduction to English for Non-native Speakers (Entry 1) qualification is an accredited alternative to a RARPA-based approach. Achievement of this qualification can be used as an indicator that a learner is ready to access an E1 ESOL course/qualification.
The target learner group for this Award is non-native speakers who have no or very limited exposure to English – they may be newly arrived in the country and who need to be taught the very basic knowledge and skills that other E1 learners will already possess when they sign up for an E1 course or will pick up very quickly. For example they cannot follow instructions in the class room.
The qualification is designed to provide a first step towards employability for a target group whose lack of English language skills currently makes employment impossible. It is intended as the first rung in a ladder of English language learning, with the typical progression route initially being to Entry 1 ESOL qualifications and from there up through further levels of ESOL qualifications before eventually leading to employment.
•Introduction to Speaking English (2 credits)
•Introduction to Listening to and Understanding English (1 credit)
•Introduction to Reading English (2 credits)
•Introduction to Writing English (1 credit)
•Introduction to English Language for Learning (1 credit)
The last unit in particular focuses on key language associated with learning to enable them to engage more fully as learners ready for when they progress to E1 ESOL classes.
Assessment is by Portfolio of evidence
•Naturally occurring through teaching and learning activity
•No requirement for completion of any specific assignments or controlled conditions
•Assessment guidance provided for each unit
Typical forms of evidence might include assessor observation records, video or audio clips and documents of varying kinds including hand-written input by the candidate.
Learners are not expected to have any prior qualifications or attainment in English language learning. There are no age restrictions. Target learners will typically be those who are seeking to gain English language skills in order to access employment and improve social integration from a very low starting point. They will almost all expect to undertake further learning in the English language before achieving these goals.
Rules of Combination
Learners must complete 5 mandatory units totalling 7 credits.
Learners must complete 5 mandatory units totalling 7 credits.
Introduction to English Language for Learning
Introduction to Listening to and Understanding Spoken English
Introduction to Reading English
Introduction to Speaking English
Introduction to Writing English
Tutor/Assessors must be fully qualified and experienced in the subject area in which they are delivering, details of which must be provided to Gateway Qualifications as part of the Qualification Approval application.
What is the purpose of this qualification?
This qualification is aimed at non-native speakers who are seeking to learn English as a second or other language and are not yet able to access an Entry 1 ESOL course. It will be suitable for learners if they:
• have had no or very limited previous or current exposure to English, (e.g through work, through films, through social interaction, at home)
• are newly arrived in the country
• are not literate in your home language
• have a home language that does not include written language
• have had little or no formal education of any kind
• have no English at all and would therefore not be able to follow teaching instructions in English or to use English to make yourself understood by teachers or fellow students.
This qualification is made up of 5 small units. It has a credit value of 7, which means learners will usually take about 70 hours to achieve the qualification.
The teacher will help the learner put together a portfolio of evidence for this qualification.
What skills, knowledge, or understanding does this qualification develop?
This qualification covers very basic skills in reading, writing and speaking and listening to English, including learning the alphabet and common diagraphs, reading single words, forming letters, spelling key words, correct pronunciation, speaking in single words and short phrases, and listening for key words and phrases.
Key words and phrases associated with the language of learning are also covered to support you to progress to further language learning once you have achieved this qualification.
The learners will take 5 units:
• Introduction to Speaking English
• Introduction to Reading English
• Introduction to Writing English
• Introduction to Listening to and Understanding English
• Introduction to English Language for Learning
Which sector does this qualification support?
This qualification is designed to help the learners take the first steps in developing the English language skills that are needed in a wide range of job roles. The learners will probably progress to another English language course before moving into work.
What are the progression options?
The learners can move on from this qualification to a Gateway Qualifications Entry level Award in ESOL Skills for Life (Reading), (Writing) or (Speaking and Listening) at Entry 1, or to a Gateway Qualifications Entry level Certificate in ESOL Skills for Life (Entry 1).
Progression & entry requirementsThe learners do not need any prior qualifications or a specific level of attainment to take this qualification. However, the learning provider should have selected this qualification as suitable for the learner on the basis of findings from initial and/or diagnostic assessment.
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