A Bridge to Digital Literacy for ESOL + learners

Chloë Hynes was the mentor for the projects in cluster 2.

Barnsley Adult Skills + Community Learning developed a short Essential Digital Skills course for lower level ESOL learners. Their focus was on the grading of language along with using appropriate visuals. The team took a cross-curricula approach which has also broken down barriers within the organisation itself; between the IT and ESOL department.

Islington Adult Community Learning developed a short Essential Digital Skills course for entry level ESOL learners to enable them to confidently access email and Zoom across a range of devices. The project team believe that the key to its success was the way in which it was delivered by ESOL teachers rather than IT teachers.

Manchester Adult Education Service explored how far their existing learning app could be used as a remote bridge course to develop the (ESOL + literacy) learners’ digital skills in preparation for blended learning.

Newcastle City Learning investigated learners’ feelings about digital note-taking in health and social care with both ESOL + English cohorts. The team discovered that the learners’ anxieties were based around the content of the notes themselves rather than the digital skills required to undertake the task.

Watch the group presentations (renamed cluster 17) at the final dissemination event by clicking play to the right. and read the individual reports below..