Laying the foundation for successful language learning.

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BIRDGES to ESOL: Lesson 1


Download a copy of the BRIDGES to ESOL: Learner Dictionary below.


This fully-interactive Pre-A1 ESOL programme has been designed as the first step on your pathway to success. It aims to help you start to develop basic language skills as well build confidence in language learning. The lessons are highly focused on essential vocabulary as well as some basic grammar so that you can start engaging with everyday situations in schools, health care, employment and when getting around your local area. The interactive content allows you to take control of your learning by reviewing, repeating and reusing the language in each lesson as many times as you need. Each lesson ends with a quiz so you can check your understanding. The course can be used for independent learning, intergenerational learning or even in a classroom with a teacher or mentor. Accompanying this online course is a downloadable learner dictionary (see below). Also, as this is only the first instalment for the programme, there will a downloadable accompanying workbook and language mats in the areas of education, employment, health and transport added watch this space!

Please note, the project partners have released this BETA version of the course early to support those currently seeking sanctuary in the UK and Ireland. If you find any errors or experience any technical difficulties, please let us know:

For quick and easy access to the lessons, you can download a course flyer in one of 20 languages here.



Andrew Porterfield has been working in the field of English language teaching for 20 years and has taught extensively in private language schools, colleges, schools, prisons and online in Korea, Taiwan and the UK. He currently oversees the successful delivery of SRC's ESOL programmes across all six campuses. In addition to this, he has also coordinated and developed learning materials for several EU funded projects with focuses on language learning, cultural diversity, well-being and social inclusion. Currently he is working on and creating content for two Erasmus+ projects.


Sini Tullinen has worked for several years as a Finnish as a second language teacher and has a lot of experience working with immigrants from various backgrounds and ages. Sini has also been part of creating different kinds of material and developing pre-entry courses for immigrants to enter vocational school. As she majored in modern foreign languages (French and Spanish), she is also familiar with language learning pedagogy and has experience of teaching French and Spanish to Finnish adult learners.

Ester Rokka has worked as a Finnish as a Second Language teacher, immigrant educator and pre-literacy tutor for 20 years. She has worked in different projects, created and developed teaching material for professional Finnish language materials and e-learning content.

Lisa Sleator has been teaching EFL and ESOL for twenty years. She has worked with learners from all around the world and has taught both online and in private schools, colleges and businesses in Spain and the UK. Resource development has always been an area of great interest. She has designed, prepared and delivered materials tailored to the specific needs of learners from diverse backgrounds, of all CEFR levels and with different learning needs and goals.


We would like to thank the following educators and learners for their invaluable feedback and contributions made during the development of this course and all the supporting resources:

Jing-Yueh Huang-Porterfield, Southern Regional College; Helen Irwin, Southern Regional College; Dr Declan Flanagan, Conway Education Centre; Mary Kenny, Dublin and Dún Laoghaire Education and Training Board; Dr Colletta Dalikeni, Dundalk Institute of Technology; Tom Le Seelleur, NATECLA Island of Ireland; Meng Tan, Chinese Welfare Association; Iuliia Wilson, Ukrainians in Northern Ireland; Arthur McKeown, Belfast Unemployed Resource Centre; Hassan Al-khawam, NI Hyatt; Amanda Armstrong-Pasparaki, Southern Regional College; Egidijus Guobys, Southern Regional College; Vaida Manciute, Southern Regional College; Imad Omar Habak, Southern Regional College; Hanan Alsaieb, Southern Regional College; Abdallatiff Kowis, Southern Regional College; Alexandra Martin, Southern Regional College; Ligia Parizzi, Belfast Metropolitan College; John McCaul, Southern Regional College; Chris Markey, Southern Regional College; Abir Ramadan, Southern Regional College; Hamida Azad, Southern Regional College; Youssef Alzouabi, Southern Regional College; Alexandra Martin, Southern Regional College; Sara Alou, Southern Regional College; Maria Lema Moreira, Southern Regional College; Claudia Belloni; Belfast Unemployed Resource Centre

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