ESOL level 1 (reading and writing)

Course Dates: 24/02/20 - 01/07/20
Time: 18:30 - 21:00
Location: FRA - Fashion Retail Academy

Are you now a confident speaker and writer of English? Can you communicate quite easily in your daily life, understand people around you and read and write about everyday subjects? This intermediate course will help you speak, read and write about more complicated topics with greater accuracy. You will learn how to make a presentation, write formally and informally, and read about more challenging and interesting subjects. There will be reading and writing exams in July.



You need to have an initial assessment before joining this course. You can come in person. See www.citylit.ac.uk/esol for dates. Or you can do an on-line assessment. CLICK on the START ASSESSMENT button opposite. For best results use Chrome. You need to add an email address and a password when asked. Please contact the department on 020 7492 2511 or skills@citylit.ac.uk for more information.

This course is FREE if one of the following applies:

a) You are employed and earn less than £20,572.50 . You need to have lived in the UK or EU for the last 3 years and be a citizen of the UK or a country within the EU. You may also be eligible for this funding in other circumstances. When you come for assessment or enrolment, bring a pay slip dated within 3 months of the course start date, or a current employment contract that shows your gross salary. OR

b) You are either on Jobseekers' Allowance or Employment & Support Allowance (WRAG). Please bring proof of income to your assessment or enrolment. OR

c) You receive other state benefits (including Universal Credit), earn less than £338 a month (individual claims) or £541 a month (household claims) and are doing the course to become employed or move into more sustainable employment.

Call 020 7831 7831 for more information.

Description

What is the course about?

This is the second half of a year long course which will help you develop the English you need to participate actively in UK life both at home, in the street, with friends and at work. You will develop your English language skills in writing, reading, speaking and listening but focus more on reading and writing ready to take English Speaking Board Level 1 reading and writing exams in July. Throughout the course you will develop your fluency in conversations about everyday topics and interpersonal issues. You will practise how to exchange opinions, and ask and answer questions on a range of topics such as the news, current affairs, music, sports etc. Your ability to understand details and respond appropriately to a variety of conversations and recordings e.g. radio programmes will improve. You will develop your use of a range of tenses including continuous forms in both active and passive voice. You will practise writing opinion essays and articles with clear arguments and evidence on a range of topics. You will write formal and informal letters and emails with grammatical accuracy and correct layout and structure and complete forms with appropriate levels of detail and correct conventions. You will also learn how to write reports or leaflets with appropriate language and conventions. You will practise how to write coherent paragraphs with a clear structure which link to other paragraphs and improve your spelling of non-everyday topics. You will practise reading for gist and practise summarising the mains points plus extracting details. You will also practise identifying the purpose and tone of different texts and distinguishing opinion from fact.

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 the exam. Each class will focus on a certain topic such as the news, current affairs, music, sports, employment, or cultural values. You will focus on:

• speaking more fluently in conversations about everyday topics and interpersonal issues by learning how to link your words and stress the right syllable
• exchanging opinions and asking and answering questions on a range of topics such as the news, current affairs, music, sports etc.
• understanding details and responding appropriately to a variety of conversations and recordings e.g. radio programmes
• using a range of tenses especially perfect forms both simple and continuous
• developing your use of the passive voice
• writing opinion essays and articles with clear arguments and evidence on a range of topics
• writing formal and informal letters and emails with grammatical accuracy and correct layout and structure
• completing forms with appropriate levels of detail and correct conventions
• writing reports or leaflets with appropriate language and conventions
• writing coherent paragraphs with a clear structure which link to other paragraphs
• improving your spelling of non-everyday topics
• reading for gist and summarising the mains points and extracting details from a range of texts
• identifying the purpose and tone of different texts and distinguishing opinion from fact.

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

• use your English to participate actively and confidently in most situations in everyday life – at home, in the street and at work
• pass the English Speaking Board ESOL Level 1 Reading and Writing exams
• speak more fluently in conversations about everyday topics and interpersonal issues
• exchange opinions and ask and answering questions on a range of topics such as the news, current affairs, music, sports etc. with good pronunciation of auxiliaries
• write opinion essays and articles with clear arguments and evidence on a range of topics
• use a range of discourse markers to organise your writing
• write formal and informal letters and emails with grammatical accuracy and correct layout and structure
• complete forms with appropriate levels of detail and correct conventions
• write reports or leaflets with appropriate language and conventions
• write coherent paragraphs with a clear structure which link to other paragraphs
• spelling a range of words relating to non-everyday topics
• read for gist, summarise the mains points and extract details from a range of texts
• identify the purpose and tone of different texts and distinguish opinion from fact
• use a range of tenses especially perfect forms both simple and continuous
• use the passive voice accurately
• use compound and complex sentences with more than two clauses including relative clauses, reported speech and question tags
• use a range of phrasal verbs and use particle order correctly
• develop the correct use of indefinite, definite and zero articles

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

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

This is a Level 1 intermediate to upper-intermediate course (B2). This course is ideal for you if you are comfortable using English in everyday life but now need to become more accurate, increase your vocabulary, do well at work and express your ideas and opinions.
You will need to do a pre-course assessment.

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

This will be a dynamic and exciting course with lots of practice. You will work in pairs or small groups, and sometimes as a whole group. Your tutor will also work with you individually. There will be speaking and listening, reading, writing tasks and games as well as the use of YouTube, an interactive whiteboard and computers to help your learning. Everything that you learn will help you in your daily life. You will be expected to do at least 2.5 hours homework every week and use Google Classroom outside the class.

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 could do next. You can continue to Level 2 General ESOL. You could also progress to Cambridge English: First (FCE). You can also do a number of courses without exams at the same time as this course or after it. These courses include: Grammar in Practice (Upper Intermediate), Matters of Opinion: Vocabulary in Practice (L1 or L2), ESOL and Singing, ESOL Pronunciation: Stage 1., ESOL and Film, ESOL and Making Podcasts, ESOL and Reading Stories, Writing Skills in Practice, Read Well, Write Well, Academic Writing in Practice. English Conversation Practice. Our different English for Business courses would be very good progressions e.g. Communicating at Work. Your tutor will advise you on the best course.

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Course Code: ES404

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Mon+Wed, eve, 24 Feb - 01 Jul '20

Duration: 35 sessions (over 19 weeks)

Full fee: £319.00
Senior fee: £255.00
Concession: £64.00

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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