What is the course about?
On this course you will develop your knowledge and understanding of English grammar so that you can analyse the language more effectively. This foundational knowledge will help your English speaking, listening, reading or writing. You will learn how to break down sentences into their constituent parts, explain the role and effect of these parts and how they relate to each other. By the end of the course you will be able to examine a sentence, say how it is put together and name its different grammatical features and their functions: essential knowledge if you wish to write better essays or more effective work emails, speak well in presentations or even learn a new language. In addition, learning about the structure of language in itself is fascinating.
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.
We will contact you with joining instructions before your course starts.
What will we cover?
• identifying and analysing the functions and effects of different word classes: nouns, determiners, adjectives, pronouns, verbs, adverbs, prepositions and conjunctions
• identifying and analysing the structure of a clause – independent and dependent: subject, predicator, complement, adjunct
• identifying and analysing sentence structure and its effects: simple, compound and complex
• identifying and analysing certain effects of punctuation and how they relate to grammatical forms.
What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...
• identify and effectively analyse the functions and effects of different word classes: nouns, determiners, adjectives, pronouns, verbs, adverbs, prepositions and conjunctions
• identify and analyse the structure of a clause – independent and dependent: subject, predicator, complement, adjunct
• identify and analyse sentence structure and its effects: simple, compound and complex
• identify and analyse certain effects of punctuation and how they relate to grammatical forms.
What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?
This course is for people whose level of English is level 1-2 (near GCSE level) who want to analyse the grammar of sentences so they can know the difference between an adjective and adverb, a subordinating and coordinating conjunction or a modal verb and multi-word verb. You will therefore be reasonably confident in your English but feel that developing your grammar knowledge will help you develop your expression and reading skills. It is aimed at those who need this foundational knowledge to progress onto other courses focused more specifically at developing your English skills. It will also help you if you are learning other languages or are going to teach English. You will need to do a pre-course assessment before joining this course to ensure it is the right course for you. Click on Start Assessment or contact 020 7492 firstname.lastname@example.org to arrange a face-to-face assessment.
How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?
The class will be interactive and dynamic. During the class you will work in pairs or small groups, and sometimes as a whole group. There is an emphasis on student production and engagement. Your tutor will also work with you individually. You will benefit most from the course by doing homework. 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 lined A4 writing pads, 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. You are strongly advised to buy a grammar reference book before the course begins. The tutor will recommend The Complete Guide to Grammar by Martin Manser and Rosalind Fergusson.
When I've finished, what course can I do next?
The immediate follow on course is:
• AEWG01 Develop your writing: through grammar.
These two courses are part of a group designed to improve your English for the workplace and beyond. They include:
• 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, and critically evaluating (Level 2)
• AEWPT01 Develop your writing for the workplace and beyond: tone, register, style (Level 2)
• AERP01 Develop your English: reading for pleasure (Level 1-2)
• AEWC01/02 Develop your confidence in writing: sentence formation, grammar and punctuation in everyday writing (level 1-2)
• AEO01/02 English for the Office: with digital skills (Level 1-2)
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
email: Universal.email@example.com or ring 0207 492 2511 for information/assessment
We also run Maths and Digital Skills courses to help you particularly in the workplace.
For more information contact firstname.lastname@example.org / 020 7492 2511.