What is the course about?
This course will enable you to improve your English through your interest in films. Each week we will look at short films clips as a way of developing your listening skills, improving your descriptive vocabulary, and discovering new ways of how to give opinions, judgements and critiques as well as how to use tenses correctly. You will develop your critical awareness and the language you need to do this. You will practise different ways of reviewing films both in speaking and writing. By recording some of your judgements, you will improve your pronunciation and if you wish you may re-enact or direct some famous film scenes!
What will we cover?
• developing your ability to listen for details and understand overall meaning
• improving your ability to describe different film scenes including use of tenses to give background and main information
• how to describe emotions, actions, landscapes, places
• how to make critical judgements and give recommendations and opinions
• how to structure a review both in a presentation and in writing
• how to give instructions and direct something using polite but persuasive language
• how to be direct and indirect
• improving your pronunciation.
What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...
• listen effectively for information, detail, tone and overall meaning
• use a range of verb tenses accurately in particular to describe main and background information
• use a range of descriptive language to recreate a scene for the listener or reader
• use language which engages and interests the listener or reader including to describe emotions, feelings, actions and places
• use a variety of phrases to make critical judgements, give opinions and make recommendations with appropriate pronunciation in speaking or sensitivity in writing
• use direct and indirect language appropriately
• structure a presentation or written review with effective introductions and conclusions and with well-reasoned arguments
• make notes effectively to help you plan your work
• be sensitive to how stress and intonation can change meaning
• use stress and intonation more effectively to convey meaning.
By the end of this course you will also have improved your digital skills through use of digital recording devices, computers and the internet.
What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?
This is a Level 1-Level 2 course ie. for students at a good intermediate level and above. It is ideal for anyone who wants to take their English to the next level in a creative way.
How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?
This will be a dynamic, exciting and creative course with lots of interaction and participation. You will use film clips e.g. from YouTube to share your ideas and opinions with opportunities to practise your English speaking, listening, writing and reading. You will need to do some work outside the classroom to get the most from this courses.
Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?
There are no additional costs but you should bring a pen, paper and folder to class.
When I've finished, what course can I do next?
There are many courses you could do next or at the same time. You could join one our general ESOL courses with an exam either L1 or L2. You could join a course without an exam – for example, ESOL Pronunciation Stage 1, ESOL and Making Podcasts, ESOL and Reading Stories, Matters of Opinion, We also have many grammar courses you could join and writing courses. Your tutor will advise you on the best course.
General information and advice on courses at City Lit is available from the Student Centre and Library on Monday to Friday from 12:00 – 19:00.
See the course guide for term dates and further details