English Functional Skills Level 2

Course Dates: 02/11/20 - 15/03/21
Time: 18:00 - 21:00
Location: Online

Do you want to develop your English skills and gain a qualification? Do you need to show employers you have a good level of reading and writing and can speak well in a variety of situations. A level 2 functional skills qualification is equivalent to a GCSE and often required by employers. The course will develop your analytical skills, ensure you are confident in the most essential areas of literacy, and you will come to appreciate the variety and richness of English language use. You will need to do an initial pre-course assessment before being accepted onto this course and have passed the Getting Ready for English Functional Skills (level 2) course.

Contact universal.skills@citylit.ac.uk / 020 7492 2511 or click the Start Assessment button on the webpage. Log on with your email address (not name). Use Chrome if possible.

After you have completed your assessment, please also click on the following link and tell us more about yourself -https://forms.gle/WpjbXEsfBRtByVjz5.

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 will develop all areas of your English: speaking, listening and communication skills, reading and writing. You will take part in formal discussions on various topics and give presentations. In reading, we will examine how ideas are presented, how a writer expresses her point of view, the use of tone and style, as well as how to identify the main points of texts and read for detail. You will be abe to use what you learn from your reading to develop your writing skills such as structuring and planning your texts, knowing your audience and purpose, choosing the right language and using grammar and punctuation effectively. You will be preparing for three exams.
email: Universal.skills@citylit.ac.uk or ring 0207 492 2511 for information/assessment.

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?

This course prepares you to pass the City and Guilds Functional Skills Level 2 English exam. The course will the three areas of the qualification: speaking and listening to communicate, reading and writing. Thiis will include how to:
Speak and listen well
• Communicate information, ideas and opinions clearly and effectively in both discussions and presentations
• Express opinions and arguments with relevant and persuasive evidence
• Follow narratives and lines of argument
• Respond effectively to detailed or extended questions and feedback
• Adapt contributions to discussions to suit audience, purpose and medium
Read well
• Compare information, ideas and opinions in different texts, including how they are conveyed
• Identify implicit and inferred meaning in texts
• Understand organisational features and use them to locate relevant information in a range of straightforward and complex sources
• Analyse texts, of different levels of complexity, identifying levels of formality and bias
• Follow an argument, identifying different points of view and distinguishing fact from opinion
• Identify different styles of writing and writer’s voice
Write well
• Punctuate writing correctly using e.g. colons, commas, inverted commas, apostrophes and quotation marks
• Use correct grammar effectively
• Spell words used in work, study and daily life, including a range of specialist words
• Communicate information, ideas and opinions clearly, coherently and effectively suitable for the audience and purpose e.g. emails, letters, articles, reports, comment pieces
• Organise writing and use appropriate format and structure e.g. standard templates, paragraphs, bullet points, tables
• Convey clear meaning and establish cohesion
• Use different language and register e.g. persuasive techniques, supporting evidence, specialist words), suited to audience and purpose.
• Construct complex sentences consistently and accurately, using paragraphs where appropriate.

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

Pass the L2 English Functional Skills exam. This means you will be able to speak well, listen well, read well and write well. In particular, you will be able to:
• Communicate information, ideas and opinions clearly and effectively in both discussions and presentations
• Express opinions and arguments with relevant and persuasive evidence
• Follow narratives and lines of argument
• Respond effectively to detailed or extended questions and feedback
• Adapt contributions to discussions to suit audience, purpose and medium
Read well
• Compare information, ideas and opinions in different texts, including how they are conveyed
• Identify implicit and inferred meaning in texts
• Understand organisational features and use them to locate relevant information in a range of straightforward and complex sources
• Analyse texts, of different levels of complexity, identifying levels of formality and bias
• Follow an argument, identifying different points of view and distinguishing fact from opinion
• Identify different styles of writing and writer’s voice
Write well
• Punctuate writing correctly using e.g. colons, commas, inverted commas, apostrophes and quotation marks
• Use correct grammar effectively
• Spell words used in work, study and daily life, including a range of specialist words
• Communicate information, ideas and opinions clearly, coherently and effectively suitable for the audience and purpose e.g. emails, letters, articles, reports, comment pieces
• Organise writing and use appropriate format and structure e.g. standard templates, paragraphs, bullet points, tables
• Convey clear meaning and establish cohesion
• Use different language and register e.g. persuasive techniques, supporting evidence, specialist words), suited to audience and purpose.
• Construct complex sentences consistently and accurately, using paragraphs where appropriate.

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

This is an accredited course. It is not for learners who do not want to do a qualification. You need to come to class every week and have the time, means and dedication to work outside the classroom. You will need to do an initial pre-course assessment before being accepted onto this course and have passed the Getting Ready for English Functional Skills (level 2) course. Those who do not yet have the required skills will be referred to our non-accredited English courses.

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

The class will be interactive and dynamic. During the class you will work in pairs or small groups, and sometimes as a whole group. There is an emphasis on student production and engagement. Your tutor will also work with you individually. You will be need to do regular homework of up to 3 hours a week and work on gradual improvements. There will be ongoing assessments. Google Classroom will be used to help you do work outside the class.

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).

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

Functional Skills qualifications are often be a requirement for certain jobs. We have a range of Digital Skills and maths courses which will also help you at work and at home.We also have English for the Office: with digital skills (Level 1-2)

If you wish to develop your English further you could join our English language GCSE course or attend our Level 2 non-accredited classes and improve your English in bite-size chunks. In these courses you will look at both factual and fictional texts
• Develop your English: reading for pleasure (Level 1-2)
• Develop your confidence in writing: sentence formation, grammar and punctuation in everyday writing (level 1-2)
• Develop your writing: through grammar (level 1-2)
• Develop your writing for the workplace and beyond: concision, coherence and organisation (Level 2)
• Develop your reading and writing for the workplace and beyond: analysing, comparing and critically evaluating (Level 2)
• Develop your writing for the workplace and beyond: tone, register, style (Level 2)

email: Universal.skills@citylit.ac.uk or ring 0207 492 2511 for information/assessment.

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Course Code: AEA402B

Mon, eve, 02 Nov - 15 Mar '21

Duration: 17 sessions (over 20 weeks)

Full fee: £0.00
Senior fee: £0.00
Concession: £0.00

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