What is the course about?
This conversation class gives you the chance to improve your English speaking and listening skills by discussing a variety of everyday and current affairs topics. You will also listen to others and respond to their ideas. In particular you will focus on informal language and how word order, pronunciation and different types of phrases can affect the meaning of what you say as well as whether you sound rude, polite, angry or uninterested.
What will we cover?
We will select topics based on the interests of the group and what is happening in London, the UK and worldwide. You will increase your vocabulary and practise forming questions to actively listen and participate in English conversations. Some of the language covered includes: expressions used before challenging another opinion, how to contradict another person, how to make suggestions, how to imply an opinion, how to ask for an opinion, how to give a view, how to justify a position, express a belief, and express a view tentatively.
What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...
• participate more actively in conversations in English and respond more appropriately to others
• express your opinion more clearly and take a more active part in group discussions
• feel more confident speaking in English, using a wider range of vocabulary
• use a range of expressions used before challenging another opinion
• use a range of phrases to contradict another person
• use a range of phrases to make suggestions
• use language to imply an opinion rather than state it directly
• use a range of phrases to ask for an opinion,
• justify a position with appropriate language
• use a range of phrases to express a view tentatively
• use some key feature of informal pronunciation.
What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?
This is for Level 1-2 students (B2-C1) You should be a fairly confident speaker and able to take part in fairly long everyday conversations. it is particularly good for you if you want to develop your vocabulary and fluency. There is a pre-course assessment.
How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?
Classes are discussion based. Students work in pairs and small groups with teacher input and feedback. This will be a dynamic, exciting and creative course with lots of interaction and participation. There will be a lot of practice and your tutor will guide you so you can become aware of your own strengths and areas you need to improve. You will need to do some work outside the classroom to get the most from this course. Homework will relate to the discussion and language points that come up in 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. Handouts are provided by the tutor.
When I've finished, what course can I do next?
There are a variety of courses you can do at the same time or after this one. You could do Level 1 or 2 General ESOL course. Cambridge English: Advanced might be suitable. Or a course without an exam. ESOL Matters of Opinion (L2) would be a very good follow on course. As would ESOL and Making Podcasts (digital recordings), ESOL and Reading Stories, ESOL and Film. We also have: ESOL Pronunciation Stage 1, Read Well, Write Well, Grammar in Practice (Upper-Intermediate or Advanced) English for Business, Communicating at Work, Writing Skills in Practice. Your tutor will advise you on the best course.
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