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Why choose our assessments?

Our purpose - English Speaking Board wants all learners to possess the oracy and English language skills they need to achieve their aspirations. We want to stretch the most able and support the least confident and realise the potential of all by closing the disadvantage gap. To do this we - Listen to our centres, understand their motivations and needs which we act on through a team of people who want to achieve for our centres. We support and validate the impact of our teachers and financially support assessments at centres that are part of the disadvantage gap.

Skills

Our ESOL Skills for Life products (Pre-Entry - Level 2) are designed to assess real-life language skills, through Reading, Writing and Speaking and Listening assessments.

Experience

Speaking and Listening assessments take place at the learners' centre, and are delivered by our team of supportive, experienced assessors. Reading and Writing assessments are completed at the candidate's centre and sent to be marked by ESB.

Outcomes

Our accredited (Entry 1 - Level 2) qualifications enable progression into further and higher education and employment and support learners' integration into the community.

Skills

Our supportive assessments aim to improve oracy skills whilst inspiring a level of confidence which learners can carry with them throughout life. Our qualifications promote a learner's individuality, with the learner able to choose what they want to read and what they want to talk about.

Experience

Our Speech qualifications are mapped to the National Curriculum in England and Wales, making it easy for teachers to embed our qualifications into their classes. ESB has a host of resources and support available to teachers, to ensure they feel confident preparing pupils for their assessments. Learners often remark that preparing for and completing their ESB assessments is above all, a fun experience.

Outcomes

ESB Speech products raise achievement and enrich learning by promoting clear, effective communication. With more employers seeking social and problem-solving skills, our qualifications prepare learners for their progression in school, FE, HE or the world of work. The majority of our Speech offerings come with an accredited certificate, and our Level 3 qualifications reward successful learners with UCAS points.

Skills

We assess learners across five areas: Listening, Reading, Writing, Use of English and Speaking. Learners who move through our accredited ESOL International qualifications (Entry 3 [B1] - Level 3 [C2) will experience immeasurable improvements to their spoken language and literacy skills.

Experience

ESB ESOL International qualifications are assessed externally, freeing teachers to teach, while ESB manages the marking and release of results. ESB ESOL International qualifications are mapped to the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR).

Outcomes

The assessments provide learners with internationally recognised certification of proficiency in English language. Successful learners of our Level 3 qualification will attain UCAS Points, an excellent incentive to those wishing to move on to Higher or Further Education in the UK.

Why English Speaking Board?

What should I expect if I become an ESB centre?

ESB qualifications develop confidence, improve communication skills, promote individuality, resilience and employability.

Our assessments are authentic. How we assess spoken English reflects the values learned by effective communication: each learner is treated as an individual who has individual interests and an individual temperament. Our assessors are sympathetic of a learner’s background and interests.

ESB is unique in its offerings, with a huge catalogue of OFQUAL accredited qualifications across our Speech, ESOL Skills for Life and ESOL International portfolios.

Start your journey with ESB today!

ESB has given our students an immense amount of confidence. Once my students did the assessment, they said they wanted to do it again.

Sonnalleena Khajuria, Teacher at Broadfield’s Primary School