Getting ready for English Language GCSE

Course Dates: 19/04/21 - 05/07/21
Time: 18:00 - 21:00
Location: Online
Are you excited by the English language? Do you want to gain an English language GCSE but are not ready yet to achieve this in a single year? Do you need to test your abilities before attempting the qualification course? Then this Getting Ready for English Language GCSE is the course for you. It will prepare you for the accreditation and familiarise you with its content, level and expectation.
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.
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.
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Course Code: ACP103

Full Mon, eve, 19 Apr - 05 Jul '21

Duration: 10 sessions (over 12 weeks)

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What is the course about?

This course is for anyone who already has a good level of English but wishes to prepare thoroughly before attempting the GCSE qualification course. The course will mirror the accredited GCSE but at a slightly lower level. You will read and be assessed on challenging texts from the 19th, 20th and 21st centuries. You will focus on content, structure and the quality of language. The texts will range across different genres and types and will support you in developing your own writing by providing effective models. The Getting Ready for GCSE is divided into two parts and you should complete both of them to be better prepared for moving onto the accredited GCSE.

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?

This course prepares you to do the AQA English Language GCSE course. We will cover some or all of the elements of the GCSE accreditation but in less detail and at a slightly lower level. Which of these we focus on most will depend on the learning needs of the students. You are strongly advised to do Part A and Part B to ensure you are well prepared for the GCSE qualification course.

• read with good understanding a wide range of texts from the 19th, 20th and 21st centuries, including literature and literary non-fiction as well as other writing such as reviews and journalism
• read and evaluate texts critically and make comparisons between texts
• summarise and synthesise information or ideas from texts
• use knowledge gained from wide reading to inform and improve your own writing
• write effectively and coherently using Standard English appropriately
• use grammar correctly and punctuate and spell accurately
• acquire and apply a wide vocabulary, alongside a knowledge and understanding of grammatical terminology, and linguistic conventions for reading, writing and spoken language
• listen to and understand spoken language and use spoken Standard English effectively.

More details of the English Language GCSE can be found here: https://www.aqa.org.uk/subjects/english/gcse/english-language-8700/subject-content.

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

achieve some or all of the following:
• have sufficient reading and writing skills to be accepted on a year long English GCSE
• have a level of English to work and study in a range of institutions
• read fluently and respond to a wide range of texts from the 19th, 20th and 21st centuries, including literature and literary non-fiction as well as other writing such as reviews and journalism
• read and evaluate texts critically and make comparisons between texts
• summarise and synthesise information or ideas from texts
• use knowledge gained from wide reading to inform and improve their own writing
• write effectively and coherently using Standard English appropriately
• use grammar correctly and punctuate and spell accurately
• acquire and apply a wide vocabulary, alongside a knowledge and understanding of grammatical terminology, and linguistic conventions for reading, writing and spoken language
• listen to and understand spoken language and use spoken Standard English effectively.

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

This course is for learners who wish to progress to an accredited English language GCSE course. You will need to have the English skills at least of functional skills level 1 and will need to complete an initial assessment before being accepted on the course. You should already be reading English fiction and also have some analytical skills. You also need to be able to commit to attendance every week and have the time, means and dedication to work outside the classroom.

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. You will work on your own and with other students. 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. 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?

The most important thing to bring is your dedication, enthusiasm and commitment! You will also 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. You will also submit work through Google Classroom so you will need access to a computer.

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

Successful completion of the course and achieving the appropriate level will mean you can progress to the year long English language GCSE course.

This course forms part of a series of courses designed to improve your English for the workplace and beyond. Other courses you could do at the same time or following this course are:

• AEWPC01 Develop your writing for the workplace and beyond: concision, coherence and organisation (Level 2)
• AEWPR01 Develop your reading and writing for the workplace and beyond: analysing,
comparing and critically evaluating (Level 2)
• AEWPT01 Develop your writing for the workplace and beyond: tone, register, style (Level 2)
• AERP01 Develop your English: reading for pleasure (Level 1-2)
• AEWC01/02 Develop your confidence in writing: sentence formation, grammar and
punctuation in everyday writing (level 1-2)
• AEGF01/02 Develop your English: grammar foundation (level 1-2)
• AEWG01 Develop your writing: through grammar (level 1-2)
• AEO01/02 English for the Office: with digital skills (Level 1-2)
You might also want to do a qualification:
• ACP103 Getting ready for English Language GCSE
• AC10B/103 English Language GCSE
• AEA01 English: getting ready for Level 2 functional skills and apprenticeships (IW)
• AEA402A/B English Functional Skills Level 2
We also run Maths and Digital Skills courses to help you particularly in the workplace.
For more information contact universal.skills@citylit.ac.uk / 020 7492 2511.

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