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  • External Assessment
  • Adult Learners Target Group
  • 120 Guided Learning Hours


ESB’s ESOL Skills for Life qualifications are designed for adults who live, study or work in the United Kingdom. ESB Level 1 Award in ESOL Skills for Life (Speaking and Listening) is aimed at candidates who have very good literacy knowledge or experience in English. The 31 minute assessment is assessed by ESB Examiners at the candidates’ centre. Assessment takes place in pairs; candidate interaction is an integral part of the assessment. Having ESB Entry Level Award in ESOL Skills for Life (Speaking and Listening) (Entry 3) is advantageous this level. ESB gives a personalised report to each candidate with guidance and comments on their performance.


ESB Level 1 Award in ESOL Skills for Life (Speaking and Listening)

In order to pass the assessment, candidates must achieve all the learning outcomes and assessment criteria listed in the syllabus.

Candidates are given two opportunities to achieve each assessment criterion apart from assessment criterion 4.4 “Obtain relevant information from others” which has three opportunities. Full details of the learning outcomes and assessment criteria are available in the syllabus.


The assessment consists of four tasks:

- Exchanging and presenting personal information
- Giving a presentation and taking part in a discussion
- Taking part in a role-play
- Listening to two short texts and taking part in a discussion.


The examination is completed in pairs with an assessor.

Candidates receive a report form highlighting their strengths and weaknesses and in addition, successful candidates receive an “ESB Level 1 Award in ESOL Skills for Life (Speaking and Listening) (QCF)”.

Full details of the task procedures and requirements are available in the syllabus. 


English Speaking Board ESOL Skills for Life assessments can be incorporated into any scheme of work based on the Adult ESOL core curriculum. Level 1 ESB ESOL Speaking and Listening assessments are based on the Adult ESOL core curriculum standards. Syllabuses and mark schemes are available.

This assessment is part of a suite of assessments designed to encourage progression to higher level ESOL, employment, vocational courses, Functional Skills, GCSE and other academic routes. Candidates’ real life circumstances and academic goals are taken into account when assessments are designed and topics include such themes as employability.

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