ESOL entry 3 (reading and writing)

Course Dates: 21/02/22 - 29/06/22
Time: 18:30 - 21:00
Location: Online
Are you quite confident in your everyday English? Can you go shopping, talk about simple subjects and write a letter or email? But do you make quite a lot of mistakes? Is it difficult to speak, read or write about more complicated topics? This pre-intermediate course will help you practise your speaking, listening, reading and writing so that you can understand people better, talk about most daily topics, read a simple news story and write a long email or letter. There will be reading and writing exams.
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 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 receive other state benefits (including Universal Credit) and your monthly take home pay is less than £343. For more information click here
This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
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Course Code: ES304

Mon+Wed, eve, 21 Feb - 29 Jun '22

Duration: 33 sessions (over 19 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.
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What is the course about?

This is the second half of a year long course which will give you confidence using English for work, study and socialising. You will practise reading, writing and speaking and listening but you will focus more on reading and writing and take Entry 3 ESOL Reading and Writing exams if you are ready. You will practise being able to talk and write about common topics such as living in the UK or work and describing people, places and objects using different tenses - present simple, present continuous, past simple, past continuous, present perfect and future forms. You will learn how write short emails, letters or articles on a formal or informal topics using the right grammar and vocabulary. You will focus on planning and organising your writing into paragraphs and writing clear introductions and conclusion. You will read about interesting everyday topics and practise finding information and understanding the general meaning of stories, descriptions, messages, signs, notices, letter and emails. You will work on speaking fluently and extending your vocabulary about everyday topics and how to spell the words. You will practise asking and answering questions in different tenses and improving your pronunciation.

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?

You will practise reading, writing and speaking and listening but you will focus more on reading and writing in order to prepare for reading and writing exams. Each class will focus on a certain topic such as life in the UK, different cultures, work, technology, health and enjoyment. You will focus on:
• developing your everyday conversations including asking and answering questions using different tenses
• speaking fluently and writing on common topics using different tenses accurately - present simple, present continuous, past simple, past continuous, present perfect and future forms
• developing your vocabulary on a range of topics and spelling words correctly
• understanding everyday conversations and short recordings
• writing short emails, letters and messages – formal and informal.
• writing descriptions of people, places and objects
• organising your writing into paragraphs and writing clear introductions and conclusion
• punctuating accurately
• reading for details and for understanding the gist of stories, descriptions, messages, signs, notices, letter and emails.

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

• use your English to participate in general everyday life – at home, in the street and at work
• pass the English Speaking Board ESOL reading and writing exams
• engage in everyday conversations including asking and answering questions using different tenses including present simple, present continuous, past simple, past continuous, present perfect and future forms
• pronounce auxiliaries (do, does, did, was, were, has, had, am, is, are) correctly in questions, answers and sentences
• speaking fluently on common topics using different tenses - present simple, present continuous,
• past simple, past continuous, present perfect and future forms - with a good degree of accuracy.
• use a range of vocabulary to talk and write about topics such as life in the UK, different cultures, work, technology, health and enjoyment.
• understanding details in everyday conversations and short recordings (TV/radio, phone messages, group discussions)
• write short emails, letters and messages – formal and informal – with a good degree of accuracy e.g. to family, friends, work, companies
• write descriptions of people, places and objects with good use of adjectives including comparatives and superlatives
• organise your writing into paragraphs and write clear introductions and conclusions
• use full stops, commas, capital letters and other basic punctuation accurately
• find details and understand the general meaning of stories, descriptions, messages, signs, notices, letter and emails

By the end of this course you will also have improved your digital skills through use of Google Classroom, the internet and Microsoft Word.

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

This is an Entry 3 pre-intermediate course (B1). This course is ideal for you if you can ask and answer questions on personal information, routines, likes and dislikes, use present simple and past simple, and write short paragraphs. Now you want to talk and write about more complicated topics. You will need to do a pre-course assessment.

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 worksheets.

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
• Grammar in practice: intermediate (entry 3 -level 1)
• ESOL: Improve your Fluency (entry 3-level 1)
• ESOL: develop your English skills to find a better job (entry 3-level 1)
• Office skills for ESOL students (entry 3-level 1)
• ESOL: How to think in English (E3-L1)
• ESOL communicating at work: customer care (entry 3-level 1)
• ESOL: develop your English skills to find a better job (entry 3-level 1)
• Workplace skills for ESOL learners: communicating in the online and face to face office (level 1)

There also many maths and digital skills courses you can do. Ask your tutor or contact universal.skills@citylit.ac.uk / 020 7492 2511 for more details.

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