English and functional skills

If you employ non-native English speakers there can be occasional issues with communication and understanding in the workplace. Our bespoke ESOL programmes are tailored to meet your needs.

ESOL learners gather outside of Haven House Conference and Training Centre.


Meet the tutor

Louise Canham
Louise Canham at Truro and Penwith College's Haven House Conference and Training Centre

Louise has thirteen years’ experience of teaching English to speakers of other languages. She is able to build strong rapport with learners and utilise their life experiences to aid language development.

She has over eight years course management experience and regularly liaises with other industry professionals to share best practice.

Louise has experience of running both long term and intensive courses, she is flexible and is able to respond to both learner and employer needs. Her teaching is outstanding, she has received positive feedback on her ability to engage, motivate and challenge learners.

She has a strong record of student success. Louise is able to speak other languages and has family experience of moving to other countries. She understands the importance of being able to communicate confidently in a country that is not your own.

Learner case study

Renata Redas
Renata Redas at her desk

Renata Redas, an English Languages student from Poland, studied ESOL level 1 and 2 at Truro and Penwith College and now owns her own Nail Salon in Falmouth.

Renata moved from Poland to the UK and started working in a pasty factory in Cornwall. At the factory, Renata’s colleagues consisted mostly of other Polish speaking workers, this therefore made it difficult to learn the English language.

A year later Renata decided to learn English in order to help her find a better job and create a brighter future.

“I am planning to open my own beauty salon, so I needed to learn English to speak with my customers.”

ESOL provides students whose first language isn’t English, the opportunity to develop their language skills. Students can develop their reading, writing, speaking and listening skills which will help them to find work or start their own business.

After studying English level 1 and level 2 at Truro College, Renata then opened a beauty Salon at her home in Falmouth. As a result of taking the ESOL course, it has helped her with speaking to her clients, and she is now receiving many customers for nail and eyelash treatments.

“My ESOL course helped me to break the language barrier and speak in English to my customers.”

Renata has gained more than just English speaking skills from the ESOL course, but also the confidence to communicate with clients and grow her business. Renata now has a website and Facebook page worded in English, to promote her Salon to a wider audience.