Suitable for FE students learning English at the following entry levels: E2, E3, L1 and L2

Available: Monday – Friday

Length: 90 minutes. Please allow more time after your workshop to explore the galleries and public spaces.

Group size: minimum 10

Subject and Key Skills

English for speakers of other languages (ESOL)

Workshop outline

A workshop designed to support ESOL learners at the following entry levels: E2, E3, L1 and L2.

This creative workshop introduces participants to the British Library and our exciting collection of ‘treasures’ on display in the Sir John Ritblat gallery.

Participants will begin by exploring the building and asking questions to find out: what sort of library is this? What is its purpose? Who visits the British Library? The group will then move to the Sir John Ritblat gallery to look at books, manuscripts, diaries and letters on display and identify the different ways in which writing and language is used. Through discussion and activities, participants will investigate how vocabulary, format and style vary according to its purpose. During the workshop, groups will be given activity sheets in which to write down and record their ideas.

The workshop aims to:

  • Introduce participants to the British Library, its building, collections and resources
  • Develop confidence in using language effectively
  • Develop an understanding of the different uses of written English and English language
  • Inspire participants to return to the Library independently for further visits

Pre-visit activities

A variety of pre-visit activities, including guidance for tutors, are available. These will be sent to the group leader along with the booking confirmation details. Please complete these activities in order to get the most out of your visit.

Post-visit activities

Post-visit activities will be provided at the end of the workshop.

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