Develop your English: grammar foundation (level 1-2)

Course Dates: 07/10/20 - 09/12/20
Time: 18:30 - 20:30
Location: Online

What’s the difference between a verb and a adverb, a subject and an object, a main clause and a subordinate clause? What is a compound sentence? What does a determiner do? Understanding and analysing grammatical structure is a key component in developing your English skills whether speaking, writing or even reading. This course will provide you with all the grammar knowledge you need to become familiar with the language you use everyday and will be a very effective foundation of other work you do to improve your English. It will also assist you when you learn other languages.

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 will be delivered online. For more information please see our guide to online learning.

Description

What is the course about?

Develop your knowledge and understanding of English grammar so that you can analyse the language more effectively. By developing this foundational knowledge you will then be able to use English more effectively when speaking, listening, reading or writing. It will enable you 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 foundational 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. For more information please see our guide to online learning.
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 2511/universal.skills@citylit.ac.uk 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.skills@citylit.ac.uk 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 universal.skills@citylit.ac.uk / 020 7492 2511.

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Course Code: AEGF01

Wed, eve, 07 Oct - 09 Dec '20

Duration: 10 sessions (over 10 weeks)

Full fee: £129.00
Senior fee: £103.00
Concession: £39.00

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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