ESOL level 1 (speaking and listening)

Course Dates: 14/09/20 - 03/02/21
Time: 18:30 - 21:00
Location: Online

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 a speaking and listening exam in February.

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). 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.

Description

What is the course about?

This is the first 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 speaking and listening ready to take an English Speaking Board Level 1 exam in February. Throughout the course you will develop your fluency in conversations about everyday topics and interpersonal issues. You will practise how to exchange opinions, ask and answer questions on a range of topics such as the news, current affairs, music, sports etc. You will work on how to prepare and give presentations on a range of topics with a clear unified structure and effective introduction and conclusion. Your ability to understand details and respond appropriately to a variety of conversations and recordings e.g. radio programmes will improve. And there will be a focus on a range of tenses especially perfect forms both simple and continuous. You will also develop your use of the passive. You will read a variety of texts and practise understanding general meaning and extracting relevant information e.g. to research your presentation. You will develop your writing skills to be able to make notes and give your opinion on important topics as well as write letters and emails for work and to friends.

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 speaking and listening 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.
• preparing and giving presentations on a range of topics with a clear unified structure and effective introduction and conclusion
• 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
• understanding the general meaning of different types of texts and extracting relevant information e.g. to research your presentation
• making notes and writing your opinion on important topics
• writing letters and emails for work and to friends.

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 Speaking and Listening exam
• speak more fluently in conversations about everyday topics and interpersonal issues
• link words and stress the right syllable more accurately
• 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
• prepare and give presentations on a range of topics with a clear unified structure and effective introduction and conclusion
• understand the details and respond appropriately to a variety of conversations and recordings e.g. radio and TV programmes
• use a range of tenses especially perfect forms both simple and continuous
• identify and use the passive voice accurately
• identify the general meaning of different types of texts and extract relevant information from them e.g. to research your presentation
• make notes and write your opinion on a number of important topics
• write letters and emails for work and to friends with a high degree of accuracy and appropriate vocabulary

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?

You will learn in a supportive and welcoming environment. The tutor will help you discover rules and features of English. There will be lots of practice. There will be speaking and listening, reading and writing, with different activities, games and tasks as well as YouTube videos and other recordings. The course will be dynamic and creative with a lot of interaction – you will work in pairs, small groups and sometimes as a whole class. Your tutor will also work with you individually. You will need to do some 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 the second part of Level 1 to focus on your reading and writing. You can also do a number of courses without exams at the same time as this course or after it. These courses include:
Office Skills for ESOL students (entry 3-level 1)
ESOL: Finding a Better Job (entry 3-level 1)
ESOL: Develop your listening skills (level 1)
Grammar in Practice (Intermediate or Upper Intermediate)
Matters of Opinion (level 1-2)
ESOL and singing: sing your way to better English (entry 3-level 2)
ESOL Pronunciation: Stage 1 (level 1-2)
English dialogue: speaking, listening, pronunciation, performance (level 1-2)
Read Well, Write Well (level 1-level 2)
Writing Skills in Practice: upper intermediate (level 1-2)
Communicating at work (level 1-2)
ESOL Communicating at work: meetings (level 1-2)
Communicating at work: ESOL skills for the office (level 1)
ESOL Communicating at work: presentations (Level 1-2)
ESOL Communicating at work: reports (level 1-2)
Develop your writing and language skills (level 1-level 2)
ESOL and Film (level 1-level 2)
ESOL and Making Podcasts (level 1-level 2)

Your tutor will advise you on the best course.

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Course Code: ES403

Started Mon+Wed, eve, 14 Sep - 03 Feb '21

Duration: 34 sessions (over 21 weeks)

Full fee: £339.00
Senior fee: £271.00
Concession: £68.00

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