Matters of opinion (level 2)
Time: 18:15 - 20:15
Location: KS - Keeley Street
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Course Code: HEM001
Duration: 11 sessions (over 11 weeks)
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 language so you will learn new vocabulary, how to express the same thing in different ways and how give a range of opinions such as mild disagreement to strong approval. You will also learn new grammar and develop your verb tenses including reported speech. 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 etc.
• how to listen to other opinions and then agree or disagree with them.
• how to listen and read for details and general meaning
• 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
• use of stress when speaking.
What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...
• discuss important and interesting topics – to give your point 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 and songs.
• find the right word so you can say what you want to say
• use language to make critical judgements and give reasons for the
• use correct 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 key vocabulary of significant topics
• use a variety of phrases to introduce your opinions and belief
• use a variety of phrases to contradict others
• stress appropriate syllables when speaking
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 for Level 2 students i.e.. upper-intermediate to advanced. It is ideal for anyone who can communicate well in everyday life but who wants to participate in more complex conversations. You will need to do a pre-course assessment.
How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?
You will learn in a supportive and welcoming environment with an emphasis on your discovering how to do and complete tasks, with guidance from the tutor. You will work on your own and with other students on different tasks so you are always practising important in-demand life and work skills such as problem-solving, decision-making, prioritising, negotiating, collaborating and independence. 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 and how to work in a way that improves your learning. 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?
You will need a pen, some lined A4 paper and a file to keep your work in. Your tutor will provide handouts and a code for Google classroom so you can communicate with classmates and access materials, videos etc. online.
When I've finished, what course can I do next?
There are many courses you can do before, at the same time or after this course. These include:
• ESOL level 2 (speaking and listening)
• ESOL level 2 (reading and writing)
• Reading stories, telling stories: vocabulary, discussion, expression (level 2)
• Advanced writing skills: how to write creatively and expressively (level 2)
• Grammar in practice: advanced (level 2+)
• English for professionals: C1 Advanced (Cambridge English: Advanced, CAE)
• English for professionals: communicating, selling, negotiating and managing in business and work (Level 2)
• English Communication Skills for professionals: finding the right word in business (advanced)
• English for professionals: how to make your writing clear, concise and flowing (advanced ESOL)
English for professionals: Cambridge English Advanced (CAE)
English for professionals: English for business and work (level 2)
Business: find the right word (advanced)
Grammar in Practice: Upper Intermediate (level 1-2) or Advanced (level 2)
ESOL and reading stories: vocabulary, discussion, critique (level 2)
Prepare for IELTS and improve your academic writing
Writing skills in practice: advanced (level 2+)
ESOL and singing: sing your way to better English (entry 3-level 2)
ESOL Pronunciation: Stage 1 (level 1-2)
English dialogue: speaking, listening, pronunciation, performance (level 1-2)
Read Well, Write Well (level 1-level 2)
Writing Skills in Practice: upper intermediate (level 1-2)
Communicating at work (level 1-2)
ESOL Communicating at work: meetings (level 1-2)
ESOL Communicating at work: presentations (Level 1-2)
ESOL Communicating at work: reports (level 1-2)
Develop your writing and language skills (level 1-level 2)
ESOL and Film (level 1-level 2)
ESOL and Making Podcasts (level 1-level 2)
Your tutor will advise you on the best course. We also have many digital skills and maths skill course. Contact email@example.com or 020 7492 2511 for more information.