Getting ready for English Functional Skills (level 1)

Course Dates: 03/03/20 - 31/03/20
Time: 18:00 - 21:00
Location: FRA - Fashion Retail Academy

Do you want to develop your English skills so you can be confident at work and in daily life, and gain a qualification? This course will make sure you are ready for Level 1 functional skills exam and know what to expect from the accredited course. Level 1 English Functional Skills is the first step in showing employers and others you have a good level of English reading and writing and that you can speak well in a variety of situations. You will need to do an initial pre-course assessment before being accepted onto this course, and pass this course before joining the accredited section.

Description

What is the course about?

This course will provide you with an overview of what to expect on the accredited course. You will develop your English speaking, listening and communication skills so you can take part in formal discussions and give and discuss informal talks. You will read and respond to a variety of texts including instructions, descriptions, explanations, and persuasive accounts. You will practise writing different types of texts such as formal letters and short reports.

What will we cover?

We will cover a range of topics needed to do well on Functional Skills Level 1. These will include some of the following. How to:
• communicate information, ideas and opinions clearly and accurately
• express opinions and arguments and support them with evidence
•follow and understand discussions and make relevant contributions
• identify and understand the main points, ideas and details in written texts
• distinguish between fact and opinion
• recognise different type of vocabulary such as formal, informal, instructional, descriptive, explanatory and persuasive
• use a range of punctuation correctly e.g. full stops, question marks, exclamation marks, commas, possessive apostrophes
• use correct grammar e.g. subject-verb agreement, consistent use of different tenses
• spell words used most often in work, study and daily life, including specialist words
• write consistently and accurately in complex sentences, using paragraphs where appropriate.

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

• be ready to join the accredited English Level 1 Functional Skills course
• communicate information, ideas and opinions clearly and accurately
• express opinions and arguments and support them with evidence
•follow and understand discussions and make relevant contributions
• identify and understand the main points, ideas and details in written texts
• distinguish between fact and opinion
• recognise different type of vocabulary such as formal, informal, instructional, descriptive, explanatory and persuasive
• use a range of punctuation correctly e.g. full stops, question marks, exclamation marks, commas, possessive apostrophes
• use correct grammar e.g. subject-verb agreement, consistent use of different tenses
• spell words used most often in work, study and daily life, including specialist words
• write consistently and accurately in complex sentences, using paragraphs where appropriate.

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

This course is for fluent speakers of English. It prepares you for the accredited course. It is not for learners who do not want to do the qualification. You need to come to class every week and have the time, means and dedication to work outside the classroom. You will need to do an initial pre-course assessment before being accepted onto this course. You need to pass this course before going on to the accredited course. Thos who have not developed the skills needed for the exam will not be referred on to it but recommended other non-accredited English courses.

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

The class will be interactive and dynamic. During the class you will work in pairs or small groups, and sometimes as a whole group. There is an emphasis on student production and engagement. Your tutor will also work with you individually. You will be need to do regular homework of up to 3 hours a week and work on gradual improvements. There will be ongoing assessments. Google Classroom will be used to help you do work outside the class.

Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?

You will need a lined A4 writing pads, pen, a folder for assignments and any other appropriate stationery. You will be expected to maintain a course folder of handouts and your assignments. If you are on a low income you may be able to apply to the Bursary Fund for help with the costs of the course (e.g. fares, books, materials).

When I've finished, what course can I do next?

You can move on to the accredited course. There are also a variety of other courses you can do including our English Skills for the Office with Digital Skills. There are also many digital skills courses which will prepare you for working in an office or other administrative environment.

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Course Code: AEA401A

Tue, eve, 03 Mar - 31 Mar '20

Duration: 5 sessions (over 5 weeks)

Full fee: £0.00
Senior fee: £0.00
Concession: £0.00

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