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Develop your writing: through grammar (level 1-2)

Course Dates: 27/01/21 - 24/03/21
Time: 18:15 - 20:45
Location: Online

Occasionally you can cook a delicious meal just by accident. But most good cooks will create great tasting meals by knowing the ingredients well. It’s the same with writing. This course will enable you to create fantastic pieces of writing by helping you get to know key grammatical features and how you can use these to: add authority to your writing, alter its tone, make your arguments more persuasive, add emphasis, change pace and tension, make the information and ideas more concise and clearer, and create rich descriptions. By the end of the course you will be much more aware of how to use grammatical knowledge to write well whether at work, in your studies or your life in general. You will have improved your writing through grammar.

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 about improving your writing through enhanced grammatical knowledge. It will enable you to identify how grammatical features of English have specific effects so you can use them confidently when you write different types of text. You will focus on how to use these grammatical features to add authority to your writing, engage your readers, create emphasis, make your arguments more persuasive, change the pace and rhythm of your writing, inform and explain matters clearly and concisely and create descriptive texts. You will discover these grammatical features in context by reading short pieces of fictional and factual writing, learn their names and functions and then use them to improve your own writing.

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?

The course will focus on using grammatical knowledge to improve your writing. In particular, you will identify and use the grammatical features which:
• add authority
• engage the reader
• create emphasis
• add dramatic effect and tension
• persuade the reader of an argument or point of view
• structure an argument
• add extra information and detail
• create concision and clarity
• change the rhythm and pace
• create vivid imagery

Some of the grammatical features you will focus on are: noun-phrases, prepositional phrases, different verb tenses, imperatives, use of pronouns, omissions of words, intensifiers, different types of clauses, sentence length, use of punctuation, conjunctions, adjectives, adverbs, participles and modals.

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

identify and use grammatical knowledge to improve your writing. You will be able to identify and use the grammatical features which:
• add authority
• engage the reader
• create emphasis
• add dramatic effect and tension
• persuade the reader of an argument or point of view
• structure an argument
• add extra information and detail
• create concision and clarity
• change the rhythm and pace
• create vivid imagery

Some of the grammatical features include: noun-phrases, prepositional phrases, different verb tenses, imperatives, use of pronouns, omissions of words, intensifiers, different types of clauses, sentence length, use of punctuation, conjunctions, adjectives, adverbs, participles and modals.

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 improve their writing through understand what different forms of grammar do. You will be quite confident in writing emails inside and outside work but you want to take your English up to the next level so you can say you write well. You will need to complete a pre-course assessment to make sure you are on the right course. Click on Start Assessment or attend a face-to-face assessment - contact 020 7492 2511/universal.skills@citylit.ac.uk.

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. You are advised to buy a grammar reference book before the course begins.

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

You might find our AEGF01 Develop your English: grammar foundation (level 1-2) course a good one to do either before or after this course.

Other courses you could do at the same time or after this course 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

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: AEWG01

Wed, eve, 27 Jan - 24 Mar '21

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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