What is the course about?
This course will help you develop your English writing, reading and speaking by looking at films, documentaries and interviews. You will discuss and write about these and work on how to present arguments and opinions in speech and writing, how to structure giving an opinion, write introductions and conclusions, use paragraphs, punctuate and improve your spelling. You will develop your vocabulary and also practise listening for meaning. You will also look at different types of writing, including tweets, online comments and blog writing. You will set up a Twitter account if you do not have one and learn how to tweet effectively and safely. During the course, you write create and write a blog about your film reviews and experiences on the course.
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?
• different ways to express an opinion in discussions
• different ways to express an opinion in writing
• the differences between how to express an opinion in discussions vs formal and informal writing
• how to structure your opinion pieces in both speech and writing- both formal and informal
• how to write an introduction and conclusion to an opinion piece
• using vocabulary to give precise opinions, information and descriptions
• how to create a Twitter account
• how to write tweets effectively and safely
• how to create a blog
• how to write a blog which is interesting to read.
What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...
• identify and use different ways to express and introduce an opinion in formal and informal discussions
• identify and use different ways to express and introduce an opinion in writing
• identify the differences between how to express an opinion in discussions vs formal and informal writing
• structure your opinion pieces in both speech and writing- both formal and informal – so they meaning of what you are saying or writing is clear
• write an effective introduction and conclusion to an opinion piece
• choose words creatively and effectively to give precise opinions, information and descriptions
• create a Twitter account
• write tweets effectively and safely
• identify the feature of an effective tweet and how this differs from other forms of writing.
• set up a blog
• write and maintain a blog which is interesting to read.
What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?
This course is for people whose level of English is Entry 3-Level 1. You will be interested in film and social media but you do not need to know a lot about either.
How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?
The class will be an online face-to-face course. 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 access to the Internet, a computer, camera and microphone. Ear/head phones will be helpful. You will need a 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.
When I've finished, what course can I do next?
There are a number of courses you can do at the same time or after this course. These include:
• English for Life E3
• English for Life L1
• Develop your writing and reading: spelling foundation (Entry 3-Level 1)
• Develop your reading and writing (part 1): phonics and spelling (Entry level)
• Develop your writing and reading: spelling, punctuation, vocabulary (Entry 3-Level 1)
We also run Maths and Digital Skills courses to help you particularly in the workplace.
Your tutor will advise you but for more information contact firstname.lastname@example.org / 020 7492 2511.