What is the course about?
You will refine your English skills to become a fully competent and proficient English language user in all situations. You will read, write, listen to and speak about complex subjects as way of developing your vocabulary, your range of expression, pronunciation and accuracy. You will practise analysing and responding to challenging topics and situations in both writing and speech including how to be appropriate, get your meaning across, critically evaluate, criticise constructively and sensitively and deal confidently with difficult questions. You will focus on a range of spoken forms including lectures, documentaries, business meetings and informal gatherings and develop your listening skills so you hear not only the key points but also listen between the line and assess implications. You will write a variety of text types, such as essays, opinion pieces and reports and use fiction, non-fiction, journals and newspapers to develop your reading skills including seeing the bigger picture, analysing details and drawing conclusions.
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.
We will contact you with joining instructions before your course starts.
What will we cover?
Some of the areas we will cover include:
• discussing, reading and writing about complex subjects both formally and informally
• negotiating and persuading effectively in a variety of situations including business and work settings
• responding critically, sensitively and analytically to complex pieces of writing in factual and fictional work
• identifying detail, main idea, opinion, attitude, tone, purpose, implications of texts
• recognising and using subtle differences of meaning and idiom
• identifying and recognising the implications, indirect meanings and euphemisms in different forms of speech and conversation
• writing essays, reports, articles or reviews which develop ideas on a topic, make an appropriate impression on the reader and achieve their purpose
• speaking with appropriate pronunciation, intonation, speed of delivery.
What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...
• discuss, read and write about complex subjects both formally and informally
• negotiate and persuade effectively in a variety of situations including business and work settings
• respond critically, sensitively and analytically to complex pieces of writing in factual and fictional work
• identify detail, main idea, opinion, attitude, tone, purpose, implications of texts
• recognise and use subtle differences of meaning and idiom
• identify and recognise implications, indirect meanings and euphemisms in different forms of speech and conversation
• write essays, reports, articles or reviews which develop ideas on a topic, make an appropriate impression on the reader and achieve their purpose
• speak with effective pronunciation, intonation, speed of delivery.
What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?
This course is for learners who need English in professional settings or other situations which require complex language. You are already a highly competent English user and are looking to refine your language skills so you can be more a precise, creative and freer English speaker.
How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?
This will be a dynamic and creative course taught through a range of activities as a whole group, in small groups and in pairs. You will need to study outside the classroom to get the most from this course. You will use Google Classroom and other on-line resources to help with your self-study.
Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?
You will need pen, paper and folder but most resources will be provided online.
When I've finished, what course can I do next?
You can do our English for professionals: C2 Proficiency course. You may also be ready for an English Language GCSE. You will need to do a separate assessment for this. Other courses you can do 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, comparing and critically evaluating (Level 2)
• AEWPT01 Develop your writing for the workplace and beyond: tone, register, style (Level 2).