What is the course about?
Do you often feel you want to say something but don't know the right word? Do you need to increase your vocabulary so you can express yourself with friends or at work? This course will help you speak with confidence, increase your range of expression and help you talk (and write) about a variety of important subjects. We will discuss topics which require you to use complex and sophisticated language so you will learn new vocabulary, be precise in what you say, and give a range of opinions such as mild disagreement to strong approval with appropriate pronunciation to convey meaning. You will also learn new grammar and develop your verb tenses so you can speak accurately and be clear in your meaning. The course will mainly focus on speaking, listening and reading but students will have the opportunity to write too.
What will we cover?
• discussions around a number of important and interesting topics – such as love, relationships, politics, books, current affairs, films, culture, etc.
• how to listen to other opinions and agree or disagree with them with varying degrees of strength
• how to listen and read for details and general meaning in a variety of settings and texts
• how to express yourself, make critical judgements and give reasons for them
• how to link your arguments
• how to give a well-balanced argument in a presentation or essay
• development of vocabulary around significant topics
• how to chose the right word
• use of stress and intonation to convey meaning.
What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...
• discuss important and interesting topics to a sophisticated level so you can give your points of view and respond to others
• identify details and follow general meaning in both conversations and narratives
• identify details and general meaning in a variety of texts such as articles, song or short essays
• express yourself creatively by finding the right word so you can say what you want to say
• use language to make critical judgements and give reasons for them
• use language to link your arguments
• research information and make notes so your arguments and opinions are well-informed
• give a well-balanced argument in a presentation or essay
• use a variety of phrases to introduce your opinions and belief
• use a variety of phrases to contract others
• express your opinions tentatively and strongly
• use language to express yourself indirectly
• use the key vocabulary of significant topics
• stress appropriate syllables when speaking and vary your tone accurately
By the end of this course you will also have improved your English and your digital skills through use of digital recording devices, computers and the internet.
What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?
This is a Level 1-2 course ie. for upper intermediate students. It is ideal for anyone who is quite confident in their English but who wants to participate in more complex and demanding conversations and talks.
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, exciting and creative course with lots of interaction and participation. There will be a lot of practice and your tutor will guide you so you can become aware of your own strengths and areas you need to improve. You will need to do some work outside the classroom to get the most from this course.
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?
There are many courses you could do next. You could join one our general ESOL courses with an exam or do Cambridge English: Advanced. You could do a course without an exam – for example, ESOL and Film, ESOL and Making Podcasts, ESOL and Singing, ESOL Reading: Book Club, ESOL and Reading Stories, ESOL Pronunciation Stage 1, Advanced Writing Skills in Practice. We also have a number of grammar courses you could join. We also have courses to help you in your workplace and in business such as English for Business or Communicating at Work.. Your tutor will advise you on the best course.
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