What is the course about?
This course is suitable for those who have arrived in UK from abroad and need to acquire basic English skills; missed out on education at school due to communication barriers.You will develop basic skills in reading notices around you, learn new vocabulary and practise writing basic information about yourself. This course has no exam.
What will we cover?
Your tutor will decide from a range of topics and also ask you what topics you are interested in.
Topics may include
- everyday vocabulary
- days of the week
- months of the year
- signs and symbols e.g. Danger, Toilets, Exit, Way in, Way out, Office, Reception, right, left
- matching words and pictures
- alphabetical order e.g. chair, desk, food
What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...
- read and write letters of the alphabet
- read, spell and write simple everyday words and sentences.
- tell time and identify basic aspects of the calendar e.g. dates, days of the week etc.
What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?
To find out your level of skills, you will need to attend the Initial Assessment & Interview session before enrolling. To book an appointment, please contact: firstname.lastname@example.org; sms: 07624818557; voice: 02074922726.
How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?
You will be taught in a deaf-only group with a tutor that is fluent in British Sign Language. Teaching will be in a supportive group setting, which involves pair and small group work. The interactive whiteboard and google classroom will also help your learning. Handouts and worksheets will allow you to build up a folder of work. You will be given homework on a regular basis and an opportunity for one to one tutorials with your tutor to address any individual learning needs that you have.
Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?
It is recommended that you buy:
- Different coloured pens
- Highlighter pens
- A4 paper
- A file to keep your work in
- Picture dictionary
- English dictionary (elementary)
- Bi-lingual dictionary (English and your first language)
- PocketComms: Universal Language System by James Fergus Wyatt.
- USB memory stick to use in class and for homework to save your work on computer
If you are not working, or are on a low income, you may be able to get help buying resources. You will need to ask the Advice Shop.
When I've finished, what course can I do next?
In order to complete this course successfully, you will be asked to do various tests and complete your coursework by your course tutor. Also, your attendance and punctuality is expected to be at 85% or above. At the end of this course, your course tutor will review your overall learning progress including your attendance/punctuality and will advise accordingly.
General information and advice on courses at City Lit is available from the Student Centre and Library on Monday to Friday from 12:00 – 19:00.
See the course guide for term dates and further details