ESOL: Develop your listening skills (level 1)

Course Dates: 19/04/21 - 28/06/21
Time: 16:00 - 18:00
Location: Online
Are you tired of asking people to repeat themselves? Do you nod and smile when you don't understand? Do you wish you could understand the TV better or follow phone conversations more easily? Good listening skills are essential to your English language development and students often never learn specific listening techniques. This course will help you change your experience of listening to English. It will change from being a stream of meaningless sounds into one in which you can identify the words and focus on the meaning of what you are hearing. You will be able to relax when you are having conversations and enjoy films without subtitles!
Before this course, you need to do a pre-course assessment. Contact universal.skills@citylit.ac.uk / 020 7492 2511 or click the Start Assessment button on this page. Log on with your email address (not name). Use Chrome if possible.
This course is FREE if a) you are on a Low Wage or b) you are either on Jobseekers' Allowance (JSA) or Employment & Support Allowance(ESA) or c) you receive other state benefits (including Universal Credit) and your monthly take home pay is less than £343. For more information click here
This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
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Full fee £139.00 Senior fee £111.00 Concession £56.00

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Course Code: ESLS01

Started Mon, day, 19 Apr - 28 Jun '21

Duration: 11 sessions (over 11 weeks)

Before booking on this course, please register or log in to your account to complete a short online assessment. We need you to do this to check that this course is the right level for you.
Why do I need an advice session?

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What is the course about?

This course will focus on your overall listening comprehension and your ability to hear the important words for meaning in both conversations and longer pieces of speech such as the radio, TV and films. You will learn how words link together so that two or three words can sound like one, how words which are joined together can sound differently from when they are said on their own, how certain words are pronounced differently depending on their use including whether they are stressed or not. By understanding and identifying how words are put together in spoken English, you will begin to recognise your mistakes and confusions and spoken English will become clearer to you.

This is a live online course. You will need:
- Internet connection. The classes work best with Chrome.
- A computer with microphone and camera is best (e.g. a PC/laptop/iMac/MacBook), or a tablet/iPad/smart phone/iPhone if you don't have a computer.
- Earphones/headphones/speakers.
We will contact you with joining instructions before your course starts.

What will we cover?

• identifying how spoken words are linked together so that many words can sound like one
• how ‘unwritten’ sounds emerge when spoken words are linked together
• how linked words can sound differently from when they are said on their own
• how words can sound differently when they are stressed and unstressed
• how to hear stressed words and syllables
• identifying key themes in longer pieces of spoken English e.g. songs, radio and TV programmes.

What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...

• identify how spoken words are linked together so that many words can sound like one
• identify how ‘unwritten’ sounds emerge when spoken words are linked together
• identify and recognise how linked words can sound differently from when they are said on their own
• identify and recognise how words can sound differently when they are stressed and unstressed
• identify and recognise stressed words and syllables
• identify key themes in longer pieces of spoken English e.g. songs, radio and TV programmes.

What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?

This course level is for ESOL Level 1 students (B2). At this level you can engage in most everyday conversations. You know the basics of English but need to develop more sophisticated language and improve your vocabulary.

How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?

You will learn in a supportive and welcoming environment. The tutor will help you discover and analyse speech so you can listen more effectively. You will listen to lots of different recordings and take part in lots of interactions. The course will be dynamic with lots of participation - you will work in pairs, small groups and sometimes as a whole class. Your tutor will also work with you individually. You will need to do some homework every week and use Google Classroom outside the class.

Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?

You will need a pen, some lined A4 paper and a file to keep your work in. Your tutor will provide handouts and
worksheets. It will be helpful if you have access to a computer.

When I've finished, what course can I do next?

There are a lot of courses you can do at the same time or after this course. The ESOL Pronunciation courses are excellent follow on courses. But others include: .

• ESOL Improving your fluency (Entry 3-Level 1)
• Communicating at work: ESOL skills for the office (level 1)
• Communicating at work (level 1-2)
• ESOL Communicating at work: meetings (level 1-2)
• ESOL Communicating at work: presentations (Level 1-2)
• ESOL Communicating at work: reports (level 1-2)
• English dialogue: speaking, listening, pronunciation, performance (level 1-2)
• Matters of opinion (level 1-2)
• ESOL communicating at work: customer care (entry 3-level 1)
• ESOL: finding a better job (entry 3 - level 1)
• Office skills for ESOL students (entry 3 - level 1)
• ESOL and film: discussion, expression, critical writing (level 1-2)
• ESOL and making podcasts: pronunciation, presentation, expression (level 1-2)
• ESOL and singing: sing your way to better English (entry 3 - level 2)

We also have general ESOL courses at E3 and Level 1

Ask your teacher or contact 020 7492 2511 / universal.skills@citylit.ac.uk for more details.

Mario Lautier Vella Tutor Website

Mario Lautier Vella is a cross-disciplinary, award-winning artist who began his art career at City Lit. After completing a number of short courses in drawing, painting, printmaking, sculpture and textiles, Mario went on to do the two-year City Lit Fine Art course before going back to university to gain his Masters degree. Mario regularly exhibits in the UK and abroad and his work can be found in private collections around the world. Mario has enjoyed teaching at City Lit since 2011. For more info go to mariolautiervella.com

Please note: We reserve the right to change our tutors from those advertised. This happens rarely, but if it does, we are unable to refund fees due to this. Our tutors may have different teaching styles; however we guarantee a consistent quality of teaching in all our courses.