English dialogue: speaking, listening, pronunciation, performance (level 1-2)

Course Dates: 04/05/23 - 06/07/23
Time: 18:00 - 20:15
Location: Keeley Street
Do you want to sound ‘more English’ when you speak? Do you want the chance to experiment with becoming expressive in English, playing with how you sound when you speak different dialogues? On this course, you will work on different dialogues from everyday speech and well known plays. And you will also create your own! The chance to work on how to perform and enact this speech will enable you to focus on how to link and ‘chunk’ words, develop your rhythm and stress, work on your fluency and ensure that the meaning of what you are saying becomes expressed. You will also be working with ‘real’ language, not the sometimes artificial language of English course books. Although you will be performing the texts, you do not need to be an actor, just willing to give it a go. By writing your own dialogues, you will also develop your writing skills so by the end of the course you can write and perform together with your classmates your own 5 minute play!.
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This course is FREE if a) you are on a Low Wage or b) you are either on Jobseekers' Allowance (JSA) or Employment & Support Allowance(ESA) or c) you want to get a job or progress into a better job and you receive other state benefits (including Universal Credit). For more information click here
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Course Code: HED02

Thu, eve, 04 May - 06 Jul '23

Duration: 10 sessions (over 10 weeks)

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What is the course about?

This course is about developing your fluency, pronunciation and expressing of meaning through performing different dialogues. You will have the chance to analyse and then act out conversations and experiment with different ways of saying them and focusing on how changes to stress, linking, pausing and intonation can alter the meaning of the language. Performing the texts physically will help you remember the language and make it part of you. By also writing your own scripts you will not only develop your writing but by relating the writing to speaking you will discover and realise new aspects of the language and so come to have a deeper understanding of its meaning and impact.

What will we cover?

• relating the meaning of your speech with how you say it
• how stress affects the meaning of what you say
• using the schwa effectively
• linking words and breaking speech into chunks
• how to read a dialogue for meaning
• relating speaking and performing e.g. using your body
• identifying how a situation affects what you say and how you say it
• writing script with appropriate expression
• choosing the right words.

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

• relate the meaning of your speech with how you say it
• identify how stress affects the meaning of what you say and change your stress accordingly
• use the schwa effectively
• link words and break speech into chunks so that the meaning of what you say becomes clearer
• read a dialogue for meaning – analyse how you want to say something and why
• relate your speaking with performing e.g. using your body
• identify how a situation affects what you say and how you say it
• write script which matches your intention
• choose the right words for the situation
• co-write and co-perform a short 5 minute play.

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

This course level is for Level 1-2 students (B2-C1). Although you will be acting out dialogues and performing short plays you do not need any acting skills – just a willingness to express yourself and participate with others.

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 communicate with classmates and access materials, videos etc. online.

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

There are many courses you can do before, at the same time or after this course. These include:
• ESOL level 1 (speaking and listening)
• ESOL level 1 (reading and writing)
• ESOL level 2 (speaking and listening)
• ESOL level 2 (reading and writing)
• Develop your writing and language skills (level 1-level 2)
• ESOL for hospitality: front of house (level 1-2)
• Communication skills: working with people (ESOL entry 3- level 1)
• ESOL pronunciation: stage 1 (level 1-2)
• ESOL and singing: sing your way to better English (entry 3 - level 2)
• ESOL: Thinking in English (entry 3-level 1)
• Communication skills: read well, write well (level 1-level 2)
• Communicating at work: formal, informal and being polite (level 1)
• ESOL Communicating at work: letters, emails, memos, notes, meetings and presentations (level 1)
• English dialogue: speaking, listening, pronunciation, performance (level 1-2)
• Matters of opinion (level 2)

There also many maths, English, employability and communication skills courses you can do. Ask your tutor or contact universal.skills@citylit.ac.uk / (telephone temporarily unavailable) for more detail. These include:
• Maths for life and work (foundation) / (level 1)
• Business administration: maths for administrators (level 1-2)
• Business Administration (with digital skills): English communication skills for administrators and office workers (level 1-2).

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