• Languages


  • SCQF

    Level 6

  • Attendance/Duration

    This course runs on a Tuesday evening for 20 weeks

  • Start Date

    Oct 2021



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Please note this course will be delivered in person although there may be occasional elements of blended learning.

The PDA: Introduction to Tutoring ESOL (PDA: ITESOL) is aimed at volunteers and tutor assistants who tutor, or intend to tutor, ESOL learners. The course is also relevant for teachers of other subjects who currently work with ESOL learners in their classes and who wish to develop a broader understanding of issues related to English language development.

Candidates should have appropriate English language competence across the four skills — listening, speaking, reading and writing. The candidates’ written and oral communication skills must be at a sufficient level (SCQF level 5 minimum) to enable them to successfully participate in the training course and to meet the assessment requirements.

It is also recommended that candidates have good basic ICT skills and are willing to build on their existing ICT skills throughout the course.

What's Involved

The course provides a foundation for those wishing to build a career in ESOL teaching and tutoring – a base from which to develop more advanced knowledge and skills. It is intended to:

• provide underpinning core knowledge required to work with ESOL Learners
• develop awareness of English language skills development
• develop skills in integrating language skills development
• provide opportunities to develop practical tutoring skills in the context of ESOL delivery

The PDA course consists of two modules, Language and Learning and Developing ESOL Tutoring Skills.

Unit topics include: factors affecting learning; the four language skills, lexis, grammar and phonology; language
selection; managing the learning environment; lesson planning and task selection; reflective practice.

Assessment methods: Written or oral assignments; closed-book tests; a record of observations; a portfolio including: tutoring session plans, resources and tasks selected for ESOL tutoring sessions, an evaluation and review of tutoring sessions.

Delivery method: Blended delivery with some sessions delivered face-to-face, as much as possible. Ayrshire College uses MyLearning ( its online learning platform) for blended learning, access to a laptop or PC is highly recommended.

Applications: All applicants will be contacted by email to supply a written statement (500 words) for entry to the course.

Applicants will be also be invited to an interview.



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Start Date

Oct 2021

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