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Assessing Soft Skills in Community ESOL Provisions

Posted on 30 May, 2017 at 8:05

TEACHERS – are you involved in community learning? Are there challenges you aren’t sure how to overcome? Are you lacking in resources or guidance? Is there a tried and tested method you use for assessing soft skills in your classes?

I have been asked to sit on a professional panel involved in adult education services as part of an ongoing project to improve planning and develop new ways of evaluating and assessing soft skill learning outcomes in non-formal community learning provisions.

This project involves a multidisciplinary team from different local authorities, and presents an opportunity to improve communications and standards in a variety of adult community learning contexts. This is particularly relevant for community-based ESOL provisions newly established as part of the government’s nationwide refugee resettlement programme, as there is currently very little guidance for ELT practitioners operating within this context.

With the aim of further research in this field, and with the hope of improving standards across the board, I am reaching out to you, my fellow teaching professionals, for your experiences, views and opinions relating specifically to the identification and assessment of soft skill learning objectives. If you have any experience in this area, ideas, or have identified any challenges in your teaching practice, I would be very keen to hear from you.

This is for an informal discussion only and your comments will not at this time form part of a formal research process, although the possibility is open for this in future. To share your thoughts you can comment below or contact me via my website

Please provide your name and contact email address with a summary of your thoughts and experiences, and indication of whether you would like to be involved in any future research on the topic.

Thank you in advance for your participation

Categories: English Language Teaching, Linguistics

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