Essential skills

We offer courses in ESOL, English, maths and Digital Skills. You can improve your speaking, listening, reading and writing and your computing and digital skills. We run courses from beginner to advanced – for those who can write only a few words to those who are going to university, for those who are new to computing to those ready for ECDL level 3.

Got a question? Call 020 7492 2511 or email english@citylit.ac.uk for ESOL & English, maths@citylit.ac.uk for maths and getdigital@citylit.ac.uk for digital skills and computing.

You can also call us on 020 7831 7831 Monday-Friday between 10am-5pm.

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  1. Academic writing in practice (level 2+)

    Course Date: Mon 16 Apr 2018
    Location on this date: EC Euston
    Improve your writing skills within the context of academic study - in particular essay writing, planning, interpreting statistics for reports and note taking. Learn how to research your writing, read effectively, structure your writing and develop arguments with evidence. Develop your paragraphing, linking, and writing of introductions and conclusions. Essential for anyone with English as a second language who is currently studying or who wants to.

    You need to have an initial assessment before joining this course. You can come in person. See www.citylit.ac.uk/esol for dates. Or you can do an on-line assessment. CLICK on the START ASSESSMENT button opposite. For best results use Chrome. You need to add an email address and a password when asked. Call 020 7492 2511 for any help.
    Full fee: £179.00
    Senior fee: £143.00
    Concession: £109.00

  2. Advanced writing skills in practice (level 2+)

    Course Date: Thu 21 Sep 2017 (and 2 other dates)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Practise various styles of written English while focusing on difficulties typically faced by high level learners of English, such as tone and register. Learn how to research information and use your notes to write to the point, expressing complex ideas, in a style which is engaging and takes the reader into account.

    You need to have an initial assessment before joining this course. You can come in person. See www.citylit.ac.uk/esol for dates. Or you can do an on-line assessment. CLICK on the START ASSESSMENT button opposite. For best results use Chrome. You need to add an EMAIL ADDRESS (NOT NAME) and a password when asked. Call 020 7492 2511 for any help.
    Full fee: £179.00
    Senior fee: £143.00
    Concession: £109.00

  3. Brush Up Your Grammar

    Course Date: Tue 3 Oct 2017 (and 2 other dates)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    This course aims to help you master the basics of English grammar, become more confident in explaining grammar and help you analyse the grammar of your own writing. Do you have questions about sentence structure and punctuation in your writing? Are you a parent who wants to help your children with their homework? Are you a primary school teacher expected to teach your pupils grammar children when no one ever taught you? Have you had trouble learning a foreign language because you don’t understand the grammar of your own language? If so, this course is for you.
    Full fee: £149.00
    Senior fee: £119.00
    Concession: £91.00

  4. Business: find the right word (advanced)

    Course Date: Tue 17 Apr 2018
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Are you already working at a good level of English but still not sufficient for the needs of your workplace or to develop your career? Do you need to find 'just the right word, the correct tone, the exact phrase'? This course will help you develop the right English for the right situation particularly in the world of work. Learn about different styles of writing, and effective and appropriate communication.

    You need to have an initial assessment before joining this course. You can come in person. See www.citylit.ac.uk/esol for dates. Or you can do an on-line assessment. CLICK on the START ASSESSMENT button opposite. For best results use Chrome. You need to add an EMAIL ADDRESS (NOT NAME) and a password when asked. Call 020 7492 2511 for any help.
    Full fee: £189.00
    Senior fee: £151.00
    Concession: £115.00

  5. Cambridge English: Advanced (CAE)

    Course Date: Tue 26 Sep 2017 (and 1 other date)
    Location on this date: FRA - Fashion Retail Academy
    Do you need proof of your ability to use English to study at graduate level or to work in a professional environment? Do you want to show yourself that you have reached a high level of competency in your new language? ‘Cambridge English: Advanced’ (CAE) is an internationally recognised in depth test of English language skills. for people with C1 level English skills or above. This course will develop your language skills and prepare you for the test.
    Full fee: £539.00
    Senior fee: £539.00
    Concession: £539.00

  6. Cambridge English: First (FCE)

    Course Date: Sat 23 Sep 2017
    Location on this date: EC Euston
    This internationally recognised qualification proves you have the language skills to live and work independently in an English-speaking country, or to study on courses taught in English. Join us to improve your English and learn how to do well at the Cambridge English: First (FCE) exam.
    Full fee: £539.00
    Senior fee: £539.00
    Concession: £539.00

  7. Cambridge English: Proficiency (CPE)

    Course Date: Sat 14 Apr 2018
    Location on this date: EC Euston
    Cambridge English: Proficiency (CPE) qualification shows the world that you have reached an exceptional level of English. It the ultimate proof that you can communicate with the fluency and sophistication of a highly competent English speaker and that you have the level of English required to work or study at a top level. This course will both develop your language skills and provide you with the preparation needed to pass the exam.
    Full fee: £539.00
    Senior fee: £539.00
    Concession: £539.00

  8. Communicating at work (level 1-2)

    Course Date: Tue 16 Jan 2018
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Do you need to write reports or give presentations at work? Are you required to talk at meetings or conduct video conferences? Are you writing letters, summaries, minutes, statements, copy for websites? This course will take your business and work English to the next level when communicating face-to-face, on the phone or in writing.

    You need to have an initial assessment before joining this course. You can come in person. See www.citylit.ac.uk/esol for dates. Or you can do an on-line assessment. CLICK on the START ASSESSMENT button opposite. For best results use Chrome. You need to add an EMAIL ADDRESS (NOT NAME) and a password when asked. Call 020 7492 2511 for any help.
    Full fee: £179.00
    Senior fee: £143.00
    Concession: £109.00

  9. Conversation and pronunciation (entry 3)

    Course Date: Mon 16 Apr 2018
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Do you want to sound more English, improve your listening and speak more fluently and confidently? This course will help your English conversations at home, at work and with friends, and help other people understand you better.

    You need to have an initial assessment before joining this course. You can come in person. See www.citylit.ac.uk/esol for dates. Or you can do an on-line assessment. CLICK on the START ASSESSMENT button opposite. For best results use Chrome. You need to add an email address and a password when asked. Call 020 7492 2511 for any help.
    Full fee: £119.00
    Senior fee: £95.00
    Concession: £24.00

  10. Conversation in practice (level 1-2)

    Course Date: Wed 4 Oct 2017
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Become a more fluent and accurate speaker and a better listener by discussing a variety of challenging and engaging issues on current affairs, politics, cultural issues, films, books and music.

    You need to have an initial assessment before joining this course. You can come in person. See www.citylit.ac.uk/esol for dates. Or you can do an on-line assessment. CLICK on the START ASSESSMENT button opposite. For best results use Chrome. You need to add an EMAIL ADDRESS (NOT NAME) and a password when asked. Call 020 7492 2511 for any help.
    Full fee: £89.00
    Senior fee: £71.00
    Concession: £54.00

  11. Developing your basic skills in English and maths

    Course Date: Thu 21 Sep 2017
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    This course is for native speakers who are just getting started in reading and writing English. You will develop basic skills in reading notices around you, learn new vocabulary and practise writing basic information about yourself. You will also work with basic numbers and measurements and use your skills in your everyday life. This course has no exams.
    Full fee: £0.00
    Senior fee: £0.00
    Concession: £0.00

  12. English for business (level 2+)

    Course Date: Mon 18 Sep 2017 (and 2 other dates)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Do you want to work in business but lack the confidence? Do you already have a job but feel that your language skills are holding you back? This course will help you activate and improve your business English so you can approach negotiations, meetings, presentations and reports with confidence. Aimed at second language speakers of English with a high level of competence (level 2) in the language.

    You need to have an initial assessment before joining this course. You can come in person. See www.citylit.ac.uk/esol for dates. Or you can do an on-line assessment. CLICK on the START ASSESSMENT button opposite. For best results use Chrome. You need to add an EMAIL ADDRESS (NOT NAME) and a password when asked. Call 020 7492 2511 for any help.
    Full fee: £189.00
    Senior fee: £151.00
    Concession: £115.00

  13. English GCSE

    Course Date: Wed 6 Sep 2017 (and 1 other date)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Develop your critical thinking skills and improve your ability to read and write fluently and effectively in a wide range of contexts. Learn to use grammar correctly and improve your ability to spell and use punctuation accurately. The GCSE in English is one of the most commonly required qualifications by employers and universities, and will enhance your job and education prospects in the future.
    Full fee: £399.00
    Senior fee: £329.00
    Concession: £49.00

  14. English pronunciation: stage 1

    Course Date: Tue 12 Sep 2017 (and 14 other dates)
    Location on this date: EC Euston
    Are you a non-native fluent speaker who wants to improve your pronunciation of English? Work on correct formation of vowel and consonant sounds including the English neutral vowel and the distinction between voiced and unvoiced sounds.
    Full fee: £189.00
    Senior fee: £189.00
    Concession: £189.00

  15. English pronunciation: stage 2

    Course Date: Tue 12 Sep 2017 (and 6 other dates)
    Location on this date: EC Euston
    Designed for people who have completed ‘English Pronunciation: stage 1’ although new students with sufficient skills can join. Develop fluency and clarity, explore diphthongs and triphthongs, inflexion and the rhythms of Standard English.
    Full fee: £189.00
    Senior fee: £189.00
    Concession: £189.00

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