English communication skills - for life and work (level 1)

Course Dates: 19/09/22 - 12/12/22
Time: 10:00 - 13:00
Location: Keeley Street
Do you want to improve your communication skills and become a more confident reader, writer, speaker and listener in English? On this course, you will develop all your English language skills so you can act confidently in the most important everyday situations inside and outside work. You will become a skilled communicator when writing, using digital resources and in face-to-face interactions. You will develop your active listening skills so you can understand and empathise better. You will work on how to express yourself when speaking in different situations. You will practise your reading so you can see the whole picture and find details, make effective decisions about what you read, and prioritise matters. You will focus on your writing so you can write whole stories, letters, emails and other expressive texts. By the end of this three-term programme, you will be a competent speaker, listener, reader and writer both at work and home and ready to do exams such as Functional Skills Level 2.
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.
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Course Code: AE401A

Available start dates 

Mon, day, 19 Sep - 12 Dec '22

Duration: 12 sessions (over 13 weeks)

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What is the course about?

The course is designed to enable you to become a better, more confident communicator in both writing and speaking as well as a better reader and listener. You will learn how to express yourself when speaking and writing in informal situations, in emails to friends, in more formal situations at work, when dealing with the council or your child's school. You will focus on how to organise and structure your writing, construct and link paragraphs and write different types of sentences. You will improve your vocabulary, discover new spelling strategies and learn how to use punctuation accurately. You will develop your reading skills to be able to see the bigger picture, find information and details, identify the purposes and summarise different types of texts. You can do all this without the pressure of an exam, but by the end of this course you will be ready to move to a course with a qualification. You will also learn some digital skills.

What will we cover?

A range of topics will be discussed including items in the news, short stories, important events, culture, entertainment as well as personal stories and events. These topics will provide a context in which you focus on:
• expressing yourself confidently in different situations
• joining ideas by writing compound and complex sentences with greater confidence
•structuring longer pieces of writing including letters, emails, stories and articles
•improving your spelling strategies
• writing clearly and expressively by using punctuation accurately
•engaging in formal and informal discussions about important topics
•responding effectively to other's points of view and hearing what they are saying
•improving your use of reference materials: dictionary skills, internet searches, recognising trustworthy sites
•reading different types of text for the overall picture
•reading to find details
•making decisions, prioritising and problem-solving based on what you read, research and discuss.

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

• express yourself more confidently in different situations
• join ideas by writing compound and complex sentences with greater confidence
•structure longer pieces of writing so they are easy to follow such as letters, emails, stories and articles
•use spelling strategies when spelling common words and predict how to spell less common words
• write clearly and expressively by using punctuation accurately
• express opinions effectively in both writing and speaking
•engage in discussions in formal and informal situations with confidence
•respond effectively to other's points of view
•use reference materials to enhance your reading and writing: dictionary skills and internet searches
•gain an overall picture of what you reaing e.g. of forms, website and news articles
•find details when reading different types of texts
•make decisions, prioritise and problem-solve based on what you read, research and discuss
•be ready to start Functional Skills level 2.

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

This course is for people who are fluent speakers of English at Level 1. This means you can already write with a degree of confidence and read emails, letters and short articles. The course is particularly good for learners who want to study without the pressure of an exam. However, by the end of these course, you will be ready to move to a course with an qualification.

How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?

You will learn in a supportive and welcoming environment with an emphasis on your discovering how to do and complete tasks, with guidance from the tutor. You will work on your own and with other students on different tasks so you are always practising important in-demand life and work skills such as problem-solving, decision-making, prioritising, negotiating, collaborating and independence. 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 and how to work in a way that improves your learning. 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 pen, some lined A4 paper and a file to keep your work in. Your tutor will provide handouts and a code for Google classroom so you can access materials, videos etc. online and communicate with classmates.

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

When you complete this course, you can join the next part of the three-part English for Life (Level 1). We have other courses which you can do at the same time or afterwards: These include:
• English Functional Skills (Level 2)
• Getting ready for English Language GCSE
• Picture this: develop your English through art and photography (level 1)
• Develop your English for the workplace: letters, emails, memos, notes, meetings and presentations (level 1)
• Develop your English: grammar foundation (level 1-2)
• A mile in my shoes: how to tell a story (level 1-2)
• Develop your English: reading, thinking, discussing (level 1-2)
• Develop your confidence in writing: sentence formation, grammar and punctuation in everyday writing (level 1-2)
• Develop your confidence in writing through grammar (level 1-2)

We also run maths and digital skills courses. These include:
• Maths for life and work (foundation)
• Maths for life and work (level 1)
• Becoming confident in algebra: problem-solving with equations (level 1-2)
• Becoming confident in numbers: mental maths (level 1-2)
• Business administration: maths for administrators (level 1-2)
• Becoming data literate: how to understand the data all around you (level 1-2)
• Finance planning: taking back control - how to budget successfully
• Financial Planning: managing your money long-term
• Becoming confident with digital skills: on your computer and online (beginner)
• Complete beginners: becoming confident on your computer and online
• Becoming confident with online communication: Zoom
• Becoming confident on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram: for complete beginners
• Becoming confident on Twitter and Instagram: for complete beginners
• Becoming confident in digital skills: Word, Excel, PowerPoint and Outlook (beginner)

For more details about these courses, ask your tutor or contact: universal.skills@citylit.ac.uk / 0207 492 2511.

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