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Accredited ESOL Initial Tutor Training Course, Inverness

Accredited ESOL Initial Tutor Training Course, Inverness

Accredited ESOL Initial Tutor Training Course, Inverness

19 April – 21 June 2013



The PDA ITESOL (Professional Development Award: Introduction to Tutoring English for Speakers of Other Languages) is a first-stage national qualification, consisting of two units. The awarding body is the SQA (Scottish Qualifications Authority). The award is aimed at new ESOL tutors, volunteers and tutor assistants and sits at Level 6 on the Scottish Credit and Qualification Framework (SCQF).


The WEA will run unit one of the award from April till June 2013. It is offered as a blended learning version (mainly online course, with 3 face-to-face sessions), leading to accreditation of unit 1, ‘Language and Learning in ESOL’. It is important that participants feel confident about their computer skills and using an online platform (Moodle).


We anticipate offering Unit 2 ‘Developing ESOL Tutoring Skills’ later in the year, once funding is confirmed.


The course will provide candidates with the basic necessary skills and knowledge to allow them to successfully negotiate and deliver ESOL in a supported context. As well as introducing key terminology, it will provide opportunities to explore the nature of language learning from the learner’s perspective.




Unit 1 – Language and Learning in ESOL


  • factors affecting ESOL learning
  • lexical, grammatical and phonological features of the English language
  • language skills (listening, speaking, reading and writing)
  • factors affecting language selection in ESOL tutoring



Delivery will include input sessions and online support from Gillian Scott and Melanie Danet, both experienced ESOL practitioners. There will be extensive use of discussion and reflection on candidates’ own experiences of learning. Candidates will be expected to contribute to group discussions and work in small groups/pairs on tasks which will give insights into and understanding of issues in ESOL. Unit 1 will be done mainly online, with three face-to-face sessions in Inverness on specific dates.


Candidates will be assessed by means of written accounts and closed-book assessments for Unit 1. Please note that the course requires full commitment and approximately 5 – 7 hours’ study per week.


Further information about the award can be obtained from the SQA website in Introduction to Tutoring ESOL at SCQF level 6 Arrangements Document’ 




Dates & Times


Unit 1: Friday 19 April to 21 June 2013

You must be able to attend three face-to-face sessions in Inverness on Friday 19 April, 24 May and 21 June 2013. These sessions will take place from 10:30 – 15:00 (break 12:30 – 13:15) in the Highland Homeless Trust training room.




Highland Homeless Trust

David Whyte House (basement)*

57 Church Street

Inverness IV1 1DR

* The training room is down a short flight of stairs. If you have access issues, please contact Gillian as soon as possible.



Criteria for selection

·         Places will be limited to 12.

·         Priority will be given to those already working with (an) ESOL learner(s) or about to work with a learner within the ESOL Highland Providers Group.

·         All candidates should have an excellent command of oral and written English. Candidates whose first language is not English should have English language competence at ESOL Higher level or equivalent.

·         All candidates should have sound ICT skills.

·         Applicants must complete and return an application form before being accepted onto the course.




The course is free to participants in the Highland region and funded through the European Social Fund/Highland Council.

Tea/coffee will be provided.

Please note that the WEA are unable to reimburse any travel, accommodation and subsistence expenses.



Contact details

If you are interested in enrolling on the course, please complete the application form and return it as soon as possible and by the deadline of 8 April 2013 to Gillian Scott, ESOL Tutor Training Coordinator:


Gillian Scott

The Workers' Educational Association

David Whyte House

57 Church Street


IV1 1DR           Tel: 07851 413276













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