English for Speakers of Other Languages (BTEI)

BTEI means Back to Education Initiative. BTEI gives unemployed adults the opportunity of returning to part time education, while retaining their benefits.

This is a one year part time BTEI course. The course has been designed to suit the needs of those wishing to improve their English language skills in order to gain employment or progress into further education and third level here in Ireland. It aims for students to become independent users of the language.

By the end of the course students will have improved their proficiency in English by identifying and rectifying frequent errors in both spoken and written English and gained more confidence in a range of listening contexts. The majority of the course is given over to study of English, whilst modules such as Career Planning and Communications give the student further opportunities to improve their English.

Course Content

English as a Second Language (ESOL), Communications, Career Planning, IT, Personal Effectiveness

Certification

QQI Level 4 Award plus optional entry to Cambridge Suite of ESOL examinations.

Duration

1 year part time course (September 2018 to December 2019)

Entry Requirements

All BTEI applicants for this course must be at an intermediate level A2 to B2 CEFR*. The learner’s level of English will be determined by written test and interview.

All BTEI applicants must be engaging or a dependent engaging with the Department of Social Protection. Those either in receipt of a Social Protection Payment, Signing for Credits, on a scheme such CE or TUS, OR have refugee status may apply.

Anyone who is interested in an ESOL course but are not eligible to participate on the BTEI ESOL course are invited to email esol@cdcfe.com indicating their expression of interest and contact details.

All expressions of interest will be given individual guidance by qualified tutors who are in a position to make recommendations as to alternative ESOL fee paying courses that will suit their learning needs.

Progression

Successful learners may progress into further education and third level here in Ireland.

Career Opportunities

This area of study will enhance student’s career opportunities.

How To Apply

Apply online here or email esol@cdcfe.com