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English courses Online & in London

Do you need to improve your English for work? Would you like to express yourself better? Have you got a passion you want to read about? Are you at the beginning of your journey in learning to read and write? Everyone can benefit from developing their literacy and expression - come and join us.

Whether you need help forming and sounding out letters or gaining a GCSE, we have a course for you. You can join classes which specifically improve your work English, focus on certain areas such as spelling, vocabulary or grammar or develop all your skills – reading, writing, speaking and listening. And you can choose whether you want a course with a qualification or not.

From English for Life to Functional Skills Level 2, our experienced and dynamic tutors will ensure you learn at the right level and pace with all the support you need.

To make sure the course is the right one, you need to do a pre-course assessment. Choose a course from the list below and click on ‘Start Assessment’ or contact universal.skills@citylit.ac.uk / 020 7492 2511 for a face-to-face assessment at these times:

15th Sept 6-8pm

22nd Sept 6-8pm

Our courses are FREE to most learners. Some are now taking place in the City Lit building. The majority are live online interactive classes. You will need a computer with a microphone, a camera and the internet. It is best to use Google Chrome.

Many of our courses are delivered online. For more information about our live online courses, please see our guide to online learning.

If you are interested in an English GCSE course, click here
We also have ESOL courses for students who do not speak English as a first language, click here

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  1. Getting ready for English Functional Skills (level 2)
    Last Few Places, Evening, ONLINE
    Course start date:  Mon 20 Sep 2021

    Location on this date:  Online

    Would you like to develop your English skills and gain a qualification? A level 2 functional skills qualification is equivalent to a GCSE and often required by employers to show you have a good level of reading and writing and speak well in a variety of situations. This short course will ensure you have the analytical skills and language awareness to complete the accredited course.



    You must pass this course before joining the accredited Functional Skills Level 2 course. You need to do an initial 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.



    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.
    Full fee £0.00 Senior fee £0.00 Concession £0.00
  2. English for life (level 1)
    Course start date:  Mon 20 Sep 2021 (and 2 other dates)

    Location on this date:  KS - Keeley Street

    Do you want to improve your communication skills and become a more confident speaker, listener, reader and writer of English? On this course, you will develop all your English language skills so you can act confidently in the most important everyday situations inside and outside work. You will become a skilled communicator when writing, using digital resources and in face-to-face interactions. You will develop your active listening skills so you can understand and empathise better. You will work on how to express yourself when speaking in different situations. And you will practise your reading so you can see the whole picture and the details, make effective decisions about what you read, and prioritise matters. By the end of this three-term programme, you will be a competent speaker, listener, reader and writer both at work and home and ready to do exams such as Functional Skills.



    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 takes place in the classroom, please follow this link to find out what we are doing to keep you safe: Staying COVID-19 secure at City Lit
    Full fee £0.00 Senior fee £0.00 Concession £0.00
  3. English for life (entry 3)
    Last Few Places
    Course start date:  Wed 22 Sep 2021 (and 2 other dates)

    Location on this date:  Online (other locations are available)

    Do you want to improve your English reading and writing so that you can express yourself confidently and do the most important and common everyday tasks? Join this course and develop your reading and writing, while also talking about your own life events and key issues such as news stories, public figures, health and culture. You will learn how to read and write paragraphs and short texts about topics that interest you and important events. You will practise filling in forms, writing formal and informal letters and emails and you will improve your spelling, vocabulary and use of punctuation. You will also become more confident in expressing your thoughts and feelings and dealing with difficult situations, for example, at work or in your personal life.



    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 will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £0.00 Senior fee £0.00 Concession £0.00
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  4. English, maths and digital skills for life (entry 1-entry 2)
    Last Few Places
    Course start date:  Fri 24 Sep 2021 (and 2 other dates)

    Location on this date:  Online (other locations are available)

    Do you want to improve your reading and writing of English and develop your communication skills? Would you like to practise your computer and digital skills at the same time? And work on your maths? In this class you will develop all of these skills so you can express yourself confidently when talking, writing and using the computer. You will learn how to read and write full sentences in English about important events and topics that interest you, how to fill in forms on paper and on the computer, how to understand and write important letters and emails land make appointments. You will become confident in your spelling, vocabulary, using capital letters, full stops and expressing your thoughts and feelings. You will practise searching for information on the Internet. And you will learn the maths you need for everyday life such as adding up your shopping costs and calculating your weekly budget.This course will help you learn all the most important skills you need in life.



    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 will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £0.00 Senior fee £0.00 Concession £0.00
  5. Develop your writing for inside and outside the workplace: how to make your writing organised, clear and to the point (level 2)
    ONLINE
    Course start date:  Wed 29 Sep 2021

    Location on this date:  Online

    Do you often have lots to say but find it difficult to write your ideas down? Is it a challenge to begin your writing? Do you want to learn how to write to the point, with your ideas clear and organised so they join together and your writing achieves its purpose? Being coherent, concise and organised are essential to good writing inside and outside the workplace. This course will use fictional and factual texts to help you develop these aspects of your writing so you can become a confident communicator whether writing emails, reports or presentations in the office, creating blogs or pursuing your wider studies. This course is ideal if you are wanting to do an English GCSE or Level 2 Functional Skills course but do not have the time for a full qualification or want to prepare for them.



    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.
    Full fee £139.00 Senior fee £111.00 Concession £35.00
  6. Develop your English: grammar foundation (level 1-2)
    Evening, ONLINE
    Course start date:  Wed 6 Oct 2021 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  Online

    What’s the difference between a verb and a adverb, a subject and an object, a main clause and a subordinate clause? What is a compound sentence? What does a determiner do? Understanding and analysing grammatical structure is a key component in developing your English skills whether speaking, writing or even reading. This course will provide you with all the grammar knowledge you need to become familiar with the language you use everyday and will be a very effective foundation for other work you do to improve your English. It will also assist you when you learn other languages.



    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 will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £129.00 Senior fee £103.00 Concession £39.00
  7. Skills in English: thinking, reading, discussing, expressing (entry 3-level 1)
    Course start date:  Thu 7 Oct 2021

    Location on this date:  KS - Keeley Street

    Would you like to do an English GCSE one day? Do you want to increase your confidence in English in expressing yourself when speaking and writing? Do you need to develop your reading skills so you can understand the general meaning of different types of texts and also make judgements about what you read, give your reasons for thinking certain things, see different points of view, identify different motives or pieces of information? This course will help you become a good communicator and thinker in English able to read, enjoy and use different texts, fact and fiction, to express yourself with vivid vocabulary, accurate language and well-thought out arguments.



    This course takes place in the classroom, please follow this link to find out what we are doing to keep you safe: Staying COVID-19 secure at City Lit
    Full fee £0.00 Senior fee £0.00 Concession £0.00
  8. Develop your confidence in writing: sentences, grammar and punctuation in everyday writing (level 1-2)
    Evening, ONLINE
    Course start date:  Thu 14 Oct 2021

    Location on this date:  Online

    Would you like to be more confident in the way you form sentences, understand grammar and use punctuation in your writing? It can be tempting to just stick a comma in a sentence, avoid adverbs and crumble when it comes to knowing what a clause is, but it doesn’t have to be that way. This course will help you be more secure in your professional, academic or creative writing skills and help you improve some of your weak areas around forming and punctuating sentences with appropriate grammatical form. You will develop your confidence in the most essential areas of writing such as punctuation, word types, sentence structures, writing paragraphs, active and passive voice, and proofreading.



    You will need to do a pre-course assessment before joining this course. Contact universal.skills@citylit.ac.uk / 020 7492 2511 or click the Start Assessment button on the webpage. Please log in with your email (not name). Use Chrome if possible.



    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £149.00 Senior fee £119.00 Concession £45.00
  9. Develop your writing and reading: spelling, punctuation, vocabulary (entry 3-level 1)
    Course start date:  Thu 14 Oct 2021 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  KS - Keeley Street

    Do you want to be sure of your spelling? Do you want to know when to use a comma rather than a full-stop? Would you like to increase your vocabulary so you can be more expressive and precise when you write? On this course you will improve different types of writing such as letter-writing, work emails, texts, descriptive writing, essays and stories and you will focus on your spelling, punctuation and vocabulary so that you can confident that whatever you write is clear, accurate and professional.



    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 the webpage. Log on with your email address (not name). Use Chrome if possible.



    This course takes place in the classroom, please follow this link to find out what we are doing to keep you safe: Staying COVID-19 secure at City Lit
    Full fee £0.00 Senior fee £0.00 Concession £0.00
  10. English language GCSE
    Course start date:  Thu 28 Oct 2021

    Location on this date:  Mixed Mode (Online and Onsite)

    Are you excited by the English language? Do you want to engage with fiction and non-fiction? Do you need to improve your writing and critical thinking across a range of topics and themes? An English Language GCSE is an essential qualification for anyone wanting to practise higher-order reading skills and use these to develop fluent and effective writing. It is one of the most commonly required qualifications by employers and universities, and will enhance your job and education prospects. This specification will ensure that you can read fluently and write effectively, demonstrate a confident control of Standard English and write grammatically correct sentences, deploying figurative language, and analyse texts.



    Please note you MUST have passed the English Language GCSE (Introduction) course (see website) and completed a pre-course assessment before being accepted onto this GCSE course. 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). And use Chrome.



    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 and onsite. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £0.00 Senior fee £0.00 Concession £0.00
  11. Develop your English for the office: with digital skills (Level 1-2)
    Course start date:  Fri 29 Oct 2021 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  Online (other locations are available)

    Do you want to develop the English skills needed for office work? Would you like to improve your formal work emails? Your phone manner? Your digital skills for essential administration? This course will help you with all the English you need to work successfully in an office environment such as answering the phone professionally, taking and leaving messages, writing clear and concise emails and letters on a PC, spelling common words correctly and using good punctuation. By the end of this course, you will confident you can work successfully in an office environment.



    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.
    Full fee £89.00 Senior fee £71.00 Concession £27.00
  12. English Functional Skills (Level 2)
    ONLINE
    Course start date:  Mon 1 Nov 2021

    Location on this date:  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 must have passed the Getting Ready for English Functional Skills (level 2) course before you do this Functional Skills qualification. You will need to do an initial pre-course assessment. 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.
    Full fee £0.00 Senior fee £0.00 Concession £0.00
  13. Workplace skills: communicating, negotiating and influencing (level 2+)
    Evening, ONLINE
    Course start date:  Tue 2 Nov 2021

    Location on this date:  Online

    Good communication is the most in-demand work-skill across all job adverts in London. How to influence others successfully and negotiate effectively with work colleagues and customers are also key skills across different sectors and industries whatever the level of work. This course will help you develop these skills for a variety of work settings. You will work on different types of communication, both written and face-to-face, identifying when to use them. You will focus on how to use inclusive accessible language ('plain English') that is effective and to the point. You will practise writing differently for different audiences, and adopting the right tone and style in both speaking and writing so your point of view comes across persuasively. You will role play key meetings in the workplace when you need to understand another's point of view and motives in order to be able to respond effectively. You will also work on giving and receiving feedback. By the end of the course you will be confident you can influence others positively and use your negotiating skills to affect situations and promote change in your workplace.



    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.
    Full fee £139.00 Senior fee £111.00 Concession £70.00
  14. Workplace skills: how to write an impacting CV and covering letter
    Course start date:  Thu 2 Dec 2021 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  KS - Keeley Street

    Are you sure your CV is influencing employers in the way you want? Is it enticing them to know more about you? Does it contain the right content and is it written to maximise its impact? Do you know how to write and structure a covering letter? The vast majority of applicants write ineffective poorly worded CVs, person specifications and covering letters. Don't be one of them. Join this course and improve your chances of finding the work you want.



    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 takes place in the classroom, please follow this link to find out what we are doing to keep you safe: Staying COVID-19 secure at City Lit
    Full fee £19.00 Senior fee £15.00 Concession £4.00
  15. English and maths for life (pre-entry)
    Course start date:  Thu 13 Jan 2022 (and 2 other dates)

    Location on this date:  Mixed Mode (Online and Onsite) (other locations are available)

    Do you need help with reading and writing English? Can you write the letters of the alphabet or do you need to practise? Do you need to improve your spelling? Can you use numbers and count up to 100 or do you need help? On this course we will help you with your English and maths. You will learn how to write individual letters, spell whole words, write simple sentences, read whole words, read simple sentences and understand notices. You will become confident in your speaking. And you will also practise the maths you need for everyday life so you can shop, use money and measure things correctly.



    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 will be delivered online and onsite. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £0.00 Senior fee £0.00 Concession £0.00

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