English for life (entry 3)

Course Dates: 27/04/22 - 06/07/22
Time: 14:00 - 17:00
Location: Mixed Mode (Online and Onsite)
Do you want to improve your reading and writing of English and your formal speaking? Come to this class and express yourself. Learn how to read and write full sentences in English about important events and topics that interest you. Learn how to fill in forms, understand important letters and make appointments. Become confident in your spelling, vocabulary, using capital letters, full stops and expressing your thoughts and feelings. This course will help you learn all the English skills you need in life.
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 and onsite. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
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Course Code: AE201C

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Wed, day, 27 Apr - 06 Jul '22

Duration: 10 sessions (over 11 weeks)

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.
Why do I need an advice session?

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What is the course about?

On this course you will talk about events in your life and topics that interest you and use these to improve your reading and writing and express your thoughts and feelings. You will learn how to form letters, how to write sentences, spell important common words and use punctuation correctly. You will learn new vocabulary and develop new strategies to help your reading and writing. You will also learn computer skills to develop your English. By the end of the course, you will feel more confident expressing yourself and doing the most important daily activities that involve reading and writing English.

This course will be delivered online and onsite, and will involve tutor presentation and class discussion. Student preparation and homework outside class times is strongly encouraged. To fully participate in this online class you will need:
- An email address
- A reliable internet connection
- A computer/laptop/tablet with a fully updated browser (preferably google chrome). Your device will need a microphone, and preferably a camera.

What will we cover?

We will cover a wide range of topics such as: important celebrations and events, food, health, newspaper stories, and current affairs, as well as your own life stories and events. During these discussions and topics we will focus on:

• identifying where a sentence begins and ends
• using linking words like 'but', 'and', 'or'
• identifying the purpose of posters and other types of writing
• recognising the sounds of letters and using these to help read and write whole words
• developing strategies to improve your spelling
• finding information in different types of text e.g., posters, notices and forms
• summarising information and opinions in spoken and written English
• following written instructions e.g. recipes
• understanding and responding to other points of view.

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

• be more confident in your reading, writing and speaking to do everyday tasks such as making appointments, going to the library, completing forms, understanding instructions and giving your opinion
• write simple and complex sentences about different topics
• identify where a sentence begins and ends
• use linking words like 'but', 'and', 'or'
• identify the purpose of posters and other types of writing
• recognise the sounds of letters and using these to help read and write whole words
• develop strategies to improve your spelling of common and important words
• find information in different types of text e.g., posters, notices and forms
• summarise information and opinions
• follow written instructions e.g. recipes
• speak and express opinions about important topics
• understand and respond to other points of view.

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

This course is for fluent speakers of English who need to develop their basic writing and reading so they can write whole sentences, improve their spelling and read notices and other short texts. To do this course you will need to be able to write the alphabet, read some everyday words and be able to write your personal details (name, surname etc.).

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 folder to keep your work in. Your tutor will provide handouts and worksheets.

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

When you successfully complete this course you may join the next course, English for Life Level 1. There are other courses you may also be able to do at the same time as this course or afterwards such as:

- Develop your writing and reading: spelling, punctuation, vocabulary (Entry 3-Level 1)
- Develop your writing and reading: spelling foundation (Entry 3-Level 1)
- Skills in English: thinking, reading, discussing, expressing (entry 3-level 1)

We also have a lot of digital skills and computer courses you could do, such as
Becoming Confident on your Computer.
Our Maths for Life courses would also be good courses to do.

Ask your tutor for more details or contact Universal.skills@citylit.ac.uk / 0207 492 2511.

We’re sorry. We don’t have a bio ready for the tutor of this class at the moment, but we’re working on it! Watch this space.