Develop your reading and writing for the workplace and beyond: analysing, comparing and critically evaluating (Level 2)

Course Dates: 27/01/21 - 31/03/21
Time: 10:00 - 12:00
Location: Online

Do you have to read and process a lot of information at work? How do you compare the usefulness or relevance of different pieces of writing? How do you decide one text is better or more reliable than another? How do you judge the quality of a piece of writing whether your own or someone else's? What techniques does a writer use to convince you of a point of view? Are you reading ‘fake news’? This course will help you analyse, compare and evaluate different texts both inside and outside work. You will practise distinguishing implicit and explicit information and meaning, learn how to read multiple texts on paper or online to identify, select and process relevant information or ideas, how to identify different ways in which writers influence the reader and you will focus on how to decide on the quality of different pieces of writing. This course is ideal if you are wanting to do an English GCSE or Level 2 Functional Skills course but do not have the time for a full qualification.

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. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.

Description

What is the course about?

This course is designed to help you read more effectively both inside and outside work. You will use both literary (fictional) and non-literary texts to improve your ability to select relevant information or ideas from different sources, for example when writing reports, essays or deciding on which film to watch. You will develop your analytical skills so you can critically evaluate different pieces of writing so you can identify points of view, inconsistencies, contradictions, stylistic effects as well as what is implied in the text as well as what is explicit.

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?

• identifying implicit and explicit information and ideas in fact and fiction
• selecting different parts of texts depending on your purpose
• using, extracting and combining information and ideas from multiples texts to achieve specific goals e.g. report or essays writing, summarising etc.
• judging the quality and relevance of different texts
• identifying techniques used by writers to influence the readers ways of linking ideas and paragraphs
• identifying what the writer was trying to achieve and evaluating how successful s/he was
• analysing where a text is contradictory or inconsistent.

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

• identify implicit and explicit information and ideas in fact and fiction
• select different parts of texts depending on your purpose
• use, extract and combine information and ideas from multiples texts to achieve specific goals e.g. report or essays writing, summarising etc.
• judge the quality and relevance of different texts and talk about why you have made these decisions
• identify techniques used by writers to influence the readers ways of linking ideas and paragraphs
• identify what the writer was trying to achieve and evaluating how successful s/he was
• analyse where a text is contradictory or inconsistent.

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

This course is also for anyone who wants to improve their reading skills in the workplace or outside, whose English is level 2 (working towards GCSE). It is ideal for anyone who would like to do an English GCSE or Level 2 Functional Skills but does not need or have the time to do the full qualification. It would also be good preparation for anyone wanting to do these qualifications or who would like extra help while currently doing them. However, the focus will be on developing your reading skills - not passing an exam. Anyone wishing to do this this course will need to complete a pre-course assessment to make sure you are on the right course. 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?

You will learn in a supportive and welcoming environment. The tutor will help you discover rules and features of English. You will work on your own and with other students. You will learn in a step by step manner so you can complete challenging tasks in enjoyable and relaxing ways. Your tutor will also work with you individually so you know how to improve. You will need to do work outside the classroom and use Google Classroom to help you.

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

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 (e.g. fares, books, materials). Access to a computer is beneficial.

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

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

• AEWPR01 Develop your reading and writing for the workplace and beyond: concision, coherence
and organisation (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)
• 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)

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 (IW)
• 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 or ring 0207 492 2511.

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Course Code: AEWPR01

Wed, day, 27 Jan - 31 Mar '21

Duration: 10 sessions (over 10 weeks)

Full fee: £139.00
Senior fee: £111.00
Concession: £35.00

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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