Reading stories, telling stories: vocabulary, discussion, expression (level 2)
Time: 10:00 - 13:00
Location: KS - Keeley Street
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Course Code: HESS01
Duration: 7 sessions (over 7 weeks)
What is the course about?
You will have the chance to improve your English by having group discussions on thought-provoking stories you read in English. We will read stories, discuss and respond to them. You will develop your vocabulary, your understanding of meaning and implication and how to read between the lines, your ability to express yourself and respond to the opinions of others.
What will we cover?
We will read and discuss a range of short-stories in English by different writers. The stories will be chosen based on the level and interests of the learners. You will focus on extending your vocabulary and range of expression so you can express yourself more accurately and understand small changes in meaning. You will be practise identifying the implications of what is written and responding to meaning that isn't stated directly. We will also focus on summarising the main points of a story and using a range of opinion-giving language to talk about events and their meaning within the story.
What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...
• use more complex vocabulary particularly descriptive language
• read more discerningly and be able to identify subtle changes in meaning
• better identify the implications of what is said and respond to meaning that isn’t stated directly
• summarise the main points of a story
• use a range of opinion-giving language
• use appropriate language to justify your views and opinions
• speak more fluently and confidently about literature.
What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?
This is a level 2 (C1) course. You should have an upper-intermediate and above level of spoken English and like working in small groups. You don’t need a prior knowledge of literature, but should be enthusiastic about reading and take time to read and prepare outside the class.
How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?
This will be a dynamic class with lots of discussion and participation. Sunday morning will fly by! To prepare for the class, you will be given guide sheets to make understanding the story easier so you will be able to take part in the class discussions.
Each week you will be asked to prepare for the book club discussion in two ways:
1) read the assigned story
2) prepare using the guide sheets by taking notes and underlining sections of the text accordingly
You will work as a class or in groups and discuss the guide sheets, share opinions and ask questions. While students are talking, the teacher will give you feedback on your focus as well as focus in class on issues raised.
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:
• Develop your writing and language skills (level 1-level 2)
• English dialogue: speaking, listening, pronunciation, performance (level 1-2)
• Communication skills for work: presenting, persuading, reporting, explaining (Level 1-2)
• Communication skills: read well, write well (level 1-level 2)
• ESOL pronunciation: stage 1 (level 1-2)
• ESOL and making podcasts: pronunciation, presentation, expression (level 1-2)
• Writing skills in practice: upper intermediate (level 1-2)
• Matters of opinion (level 2)
• Advanced writing skills: how to write creatively and expressively (level 2)
• Grammar in practice: advanced (level 2+)
• ESOL level 2 (speaking and listening)
• ESOL level 2 (reading and writing)
• English for professionals: C1 Advanced (Cambridge English: Advanced, CAE)
• English for professionals: C2 Proficiency (Cambridge English: Proficiency, CPE )
• English for professionals: becoming fully proficient
• 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)
These courses might also be helpful:
• Develop your writing for inside and outside the workplace: how to make your writing organised, clear and to the point (level 2)
• Develop your reading and writing for inside and outside the workplace: read well, write well - analysing, evaluating and making decisions about what you read (level 2)
• Workplace skills: communicating, negotiating and influencing (level 2)
There also many maths and digital skills courses you can do. Ask your tutor or contact email@example.com / 020 7492 2511 for more details.