What is the course about?
The course is designed to help you hear, identify and use different sounds that distinguish one word from another in the English language. It will also help your spelling of words.
What will we cover?
You will learn:
• how to pronounce the sounds associated with letters.
(There are 24 consonant sounds and 20 vowel sounds. Digraphs such as ch, sh, th and qu will also be covered)
• how to blend the sounds together to read and write new words.
• how to listen for the sounds in words. This will help to improve your spelling.
• how to read and spell tricky words using multi-sensory methods.
What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...
• Pronounce, read and write 24 consonant letter sounds.
• Pronounce, read and write 20 vowel sounds, including vowel digraphs
• Pronounce, read and write 10 commonly used consonant digraphs
• Write and recognise letter sounds in a range of words made up of 3-5 letters
• Spell 20 tricky words
• Use your knowledge of sounds to read a short text.
What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?
This course is for fluent speakers of English working at Entry levels 1 and 2. You should be able to recognise and write all 26 letters of the alphabet.
How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?
Teaching will be in a supportive group setting, which involves individual, pair and small group work. You will work on activities such as games, quizzes and short stories which focus on specific sounds. The interactive whiteboard and computers will help your learning. In class you may use your own mobile phone or tablet to help you look up information and spellings. Handouts and worksheets will allow you to build up a folder of work. You will be given homework on a regular basis. To ensure progress on your course, you will have regular constructive and supportive feedback from your tutor.
Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?
You will need a pen, pencil, highlighter, paper and a file to keep your work in. You may bring your own laptop, tablet or other device with you to help with your learning. Your tutor will provide handouts and worksheets.
When I've finished, what course can I do next?
When you successfully complete this course your tutor will discuss what he next appropriate step is for you.
General information and advice on courses at City Lit is available from the Student Centre and Library on Monday to Friday from 12:00 – 19:00.
See the course guide for term dates and further details