SHETLAND College UHI has hailed a “particularly strong” set of exam results in 2016/17 for those taking English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) courses in the islands.
The classes are delivered at a range of levels to meet the needs of individual students, with support provided to improve speaking, listening, writing and reading skills.
Since moving to Shetland from Poland in 2014, the Lis family have achieved SQA-recognised qualifications through the college, and worked hard to support each other as they have learned English as a second language.
This year Monika Lis is to receive the class prize, sponsored by Grieg Seafood, in recognition of her excellent language skills and dedication to her studies.
Her tutor, Averill Dorrat, explained that Monika is “an excellent role model for other young people and is to be commended for her commitment to language learning in her adopted country”.
She is moving on from Shetland College to study pharmacy at Robert Gordon University, and is to be presented with her prize at the FE awards ceremony on 22 September.
This year the higher ESOL course in Shetland was also delivered to a student in Orkney via video conference, with this successful arrangement set to continue in 2018/19.
The student, Neus Salomo, has now successfully found employment as a primary teacher in Spain.
The college’s senior lecturer in community learning, Andrew Anderson, explained that in 2016/17 there were 49 students who attended ESOL classes “with most of them being very successful and gaining SQA-recognised qualifications. The students often have very busy working and family lives and need to show dedication and commitment to achieve their awards.”
This year all students who sat the higher ESOL exam passed, with over 60 per cent achieving an A grade. Overall in 2016/17, the college achieved a 70 per cent pass rate within A-C grades across higher and national 5 certificate exams.
College acting depute principal Susan Berry noted that “strong results were seen within English for speakers of other languages, psychology and sociology. It is positive to see consistently strong results across higher and national 5 programmes for students at Shetland College UHI”.