Grammar in practice: advanced (level 2+)

Course Dates: 29/04/20 - 01/07/20
Time: 18:15 - 20:30
Location: FRA - Fashion Retail Academy

Is your grammar holding you back? Learn how to communicate more effectively by analysing, discussing and experimenting with English grammar. This course will help you realise that grammar is really about meaning: understanding better the meaning of what someone is saying and expressing yourself more meaningfully.

You need to have an initial assessment before joining this course. You can come in person. See 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 (NOT NAME) and a password when asked. Please contact the department on 020 7492 2511 or for help or more information. The course runs over three terms (though you may start any term, places allowing).

This course is FREE if you are employed and earn less than £20,962. 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.

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What is the course about?

This course is for very competent users of English who want to consolidate and extend their grammar to use advanced structures more accurately in speaking and writing. The grammar will be set in different, challenging contexts – such as current affairs, art, culture - which will require you to use complex forms in order to express yourself accurately. The emphasis will be on the accurate use of grammar as well as understanding how grammar affects meaning.

What will we cover?

A variety of different grammatical structures will be covered depending on the needs of the group. The main areas likely to be included are:
• uses and meaning of perfect verb forms
• uses and meaning of continuous vs simple verb forms
• when and how to use the passive
• how to use grammar to make your writing/speech more formal e.g. negative adverbials followed by word order inversion
• the use and non-use of the passive
• how to talk generally
• use of abstract nouns and relative clauses
• use of the article and non-article
• verbs followed by particles/prepositions
• use of infinitives and –ing forms
• different ways of talking about the future.

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

• express yourself with a high degree of accuracy paying attention to correct form and how grammar can affect meaning
• use and understand your use of all perfect forms so you can articulate the differences in meaning
• distinguish the different uses and meanings of continuous vs simple forms
• talk about the future in different ways
• identify which grammatical elements can change your writing/speech into a more formal language
• accurately combine abstract nouns and relative clauses
• combine a range of verbs and prepositions/particles accurately
• identify when to use infinitives vs –ing forms.

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

This is for students at Level 2+ (C1-C2). It is particularly helpful to students who need to focus on the details of English grammar and how to use grammar to develop meaning. 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 creative course with a lot of interaction and opportunities to practise. The grammar will always be in the context of interesting and engaging topics.

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

There are no additional costs but you should bring a pen, paper and folder to class.

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

The Cambridge English Advanced or Proficiency might be good courses for you to do either at the same time or after this course. In addition, Advanced Writing Skills in Practice and Prepare for IELTS and improve your academic writing are also good courses to do next as are our business English courses - English for Business, Communicating at Work and Business - Find the right word: Advanced. Our pronunciation courses will also help. Other course which might helo you include: ESOL and Singing, ESOL and making podcasts, ESOL and Film. Your tutor will advise you on the best course.


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The teacher is amazing and the time goes by quickly!
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Review by Angela / (Posted on 21/11/2019)
The course does what it promises.
Improves the knowledge of your English grammar in practice.
The tutor is professional, friendly and always willing to help.
It was an enriching experience in general.
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Review by Anonymous / (Posted on 09/04/2019)
Great tutor. She makes the learning experience supportive and also challenging. We discuss topics of interest that hold my attention. Also, helpful homework assignments. The course highly recommended!
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Review by Anonymous / (Posted on 08/12/2018)
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Course Code: HES47

Wed, eve, 29 Apr - 01 Jul '20

Duration: 10 sessions (over 10 weeks)

Full fee: £179.00
Senior fee: £143.00
Concession: £109.00

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