Develop your confidence in writing: sentences, grammar and punctuation (level 1-2)

Course Dates: 15/10/20 - 10/12/20
Time: 18:15 - 20:45
Location: Online

Would you like to be more confident in the way you form sentences, understand grammar and use punctuation in your writing? It can be tempting to just stick a comma in a sentence, avoid adverbs and crumble when it comes to knowing what a clause is, but it doesn’t have to be that way. This course will help you be more secure in your professional, academic or creative writing skills and help you improve some of your weak areas around forming and punctuating sentences with appropriate grammatical form. You will develop your confidence in the most essential areas of writing such as punctuation, word types, sentence structures, writing paragraphs, active and passive voice, and proofreading.

You will need to do a pre-course assessment before joining this course. Contact universal.skills@citylit.ac.uk / 020 7492 2511 or click the Start Assessment button on the webpage. Please log in with your email (not name). Use Chrome if possible.

This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.

Description

What is the course about?

This course will help you to begin to feel more confident with the way you form sentences, understand grammar and use punctuation in your writing. You will learn about word types, punctuation, sentence structures, forming paragraphs, active and passive voice, and proofreading your writing. Each week will be about something new, and will look at common mistakes made when writing. By applying what you learn, you can gain more confidence with your own writing as you understand and practise areas of grammar and punctuation you use every day. Be prepared to produce work and complete homework outside of the lesson in order to get the most benefit from the course. By the end of the course, you will be able to apply your knowledge when writing for many different contexts such as messages to friends and family, work emails, official letters, applications or online content.

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?

• Punctuation: full stops, semi colons, colons, commas, apostrophes and dashes
• A basic understanding of word types: nouns, pronouns, verbs, adjectives and adverbs
• Sentences types: simple, compound, complex and compound-complex
• Paragraph structure
• Active and passive voice
• Proofreading
• Adding variety to your sentences.

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

• Use your knowledge of grammar and punctuation to communicate more effectively in your everyday writing
• Analyse key features of your writing at paragraph and sentence level so you are confident you can convey your message and the intent of your writing
• Identify and correctly use word types: nouns, pronouns, verbs, adjectives and adverbs
• Understand what are simple, compound, complex and compound-complex sentences, and use them to add variety to texts
• Structure and sequence your paragraphs effectively
• Proofread your own and other people’s writing with greater confidence
• Distinguish between active and passive voice
• Use punctuation such as full stops, semi colons, colons, commas, apostrophes and dashes correctly in your writing.

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

This course is for fluent speakers of English who want to improve their professional, academic or creative writing skills whose English is between Level 1 & Level 2. If you are think you would like to do an English GCSE or English Functional Skills, this could be good preparation for you. The focus is on English skills, not passing an exam, so it is ideal for anyone wishing to improve their literacy skills, especially if you don’t have the time to do a full qualification. Additionally, it could be a great course to do to get some extra help while taking other qualifications. You will need to complete a pre-course assessment to make sure you are on the right course.

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

Each week you will learn about a new topic through exercises and explanation. You will work individually and in small groups. There is an emphasis on student engagement as you will need to apply the techniques from the class to your own writing. Be prepared to produce work and complete homework outside of the lesson in order to get the most benefit from the course. Your tutor will provide feedback and work with you individually. There will be ongoing assessments. Google Classroom will be used to help you do work outside the class.

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

You will need a lined A4 writing pad, pen, a folder for assignments and any other appropriate stationery. You will be expected to maintain a course folder of handouts and your assignments. If you are on a low income you may be able to apply to the Bursary Fund for help with the costs of the course (e.g. fares, books, materials). Access to a computer is beneficial to obtain additional course resources.

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

This course forms part of a series of courses designed to improve your English. Other courses you could do at the same time or following this course are:


• AERP01 Develop your English: reading for pleasure (Level 1-2)
• AEGF01/02 Develop your English: grammar foundation (level 1-2)
• AEWG01 Develop your writing: through grammar (level 1-2)
• AEO01/02 English for the Office: with digital skills (Level 1-2)
• AEWPC01 Develop your writing for the workplace and beyond: concision, coherence
and organisation (Level 2)
• AEWPR01 Develop your reading and writing for the workplace and beyond: analysing,
comparing and critically evaluating (Level 2)
• AEWPT01 Develop your writing for the workplace and beyond: tone, register, style (Level 2)

You might also want to do a qualification:
• ACP103 Getting ready for English Language GCSE
• AC10B/103 English Language GCSE
• AEA01 English: getting ready for Level 2 functional skills and apprenticeships
• AEA402A/B English Functional Skills Level 2

We also run Maths and Digital Skills courses to help you particularly in the workplace.

For more information contact universal.skills@citylit.ac.uk / 020 7492 2511.

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This course has now started

Course Code: AEWC01

Started Thu, eve, 15 Oct - 10 Dec '20

Duration: 9 sessions (over 9 weeks)

Full fee: £149.00
Senior fee: £119.00
Concession: £45.00

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.
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