Develop your confidence in writing: sentences, grammar and punctuation in everyday writing (level 1-2)

Course Dates: 13/10/22 - 08/12/22
Time: 18:15 - 20:45
Location: Keeley Street
Would you like to be more confident in the way you write whether emails or reports at work or messages to friends? Do you want to work on how you form sentences, understand grammar and use punctuation so your writing is more creative? It can be tempting to just randomly put a comma in a sentence, avoid adverbs or crumble when it comes to using a clause, but it doesn’t have to be that way. This course will help you be more secure in your professional, academic or creative writing skills and help you improve some of your weak areas around forming and punctuating sentences with appropriate grammatical form. You will develop your confidence in the most essential areas of writing including different sentence structures, writing paragraphs, using punctuation effectively, using active and passive voices and proofreading.
You will need to do a pre-course assessment before joining this course. Contact universal.skills@citylit.ac.uk / 020 7492 2511 or click the Start Assessment button on the webpage. Please log in with your email (not name). Use Chrome if possible.
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Course Code: AEWC01

Thu, eve, 13 Oct - 08 Dec '22

Duration: 9 sessions (over 9 weeks)

Before booking on this course, please register or log in to your account to complete a short online assessment. We need you to do this to check that this course is the right level for you.
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What is the course about?

This course will help you to begin to feel more confident with your choice of words, the way you form sentences, use grammar and punctuate your writing. You will learn about word types, punctuation, sentence structures, forming paragraphs, active and passive voice, and how to use these aspects to develop meaning in your writing, You will also practise proofreading. Each week will be about something new as well as common mistakes made when writing. By using what you learn, you will gain more confidence with your own writing. Be prepared to produce work outside of the lesson in order to get the most benefit from the course. By the end of the course, you will be able to apply your knowledge when writing in many different contexts such as messages to friends and family, work emails, official letters, applications or online content.

What will we cover?

• punctuating effectively to develop meaning and clarity: full stops, semi colons, colons, commas, apostrophes and dashes
• the purpose and use of word types: nouns, pronouns, verbs, adjectives and adverbs
•when, why and how to use different sentences types: simple, compound, complex and compound-complex
• organising your writing by structuring paragraphs effectively
• when, why and how to use active and passive voices
•effective proofreading
•adding variety to your sentences to create an impression on the reader.

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

• use your knowledge of grammar and punctuation to communicate more effectively in your everyday writing
• analyse key features of your writing at paragraph and sentence level so you are confident you can convey your message and the intent of your writing
• identify and use word types to enhance the effect of your writing: nouns, pronouns, verbs, adjectives and adverbs
• identify when, why and how to use different sentences types: simple, compound, complex and compound-complex
• organise your writing by structuring paragraphs effectively
• proofread your own and other people’s writing with greater confidence
• when, why and how to use active and passive voices effectively
• punctuating effectively to develop meaning and clarity: full stops, semi colons, colons, commas, apostrophes and dashes
•add variety to your sentences to create an impression on the reader.

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

This course is for fluent speakers of English who want to improve their professional, academic or creative writing skills whose English is between Level 1 & Level 2. If you are think you would like to do an English GCSE or English Functional Skills, this could be good preparation for you. The focus is on English skills, not passing an exam, so it is ideal for anyone wishing to improve their literacy skills, especially if you don’t have the time to do a full qualification. Additionally, it could be a great course to do to get some extra help while taking other qualifications. You will need to complete a pre-course assessment to make sure you are on the right course.

How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?

You will learn in a supportive and welcoming environment. The tutor will help you discover rules and features of English. You will work on your own and with other students. 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. 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 lined A4 writing pad, pen, a folder for assignments and any other appropriate stationery. You will be expected to maintain a course folder of handouts and your assignments. If you are on a low income you may be able to apply to the Bursary Fund for help with the costs of the course (e.g. fares, books, materials). Access to a computer is beneficial to obtain additional course resources.

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

There are many courses you can do before, during or after this course. These include:
• Picture this: develop your English through art and photography (level 1)
• Develop your English for the workplace: letters, emails, memos, notes, meetings and presentations (level 1)
• Develop your English: grammar foundation (level 1-2)
• A mile in my shoes: how to tell a story (level 1-2)
• Develop your English: reading, thinking, discussing (level 1-2)
• Develop your confidence in writing through grammar (level 1-2)
• Business Administration (with digital skills): English communication skills for administrators and office workers (level 1-2)
• Business Administration (with digital skills): English communication skills in a business environment (level 2)
• Professional communication skills: how to make your writing clear, concise and organised (level 2)
• Professional communication skills: reading, analysing, and comparing data and text (level 2)
• Professional communication skills: effective verbal communication in the workplace (level 2)
• Professional communication skills: effective written communication in the workplace (level 2)
• Professional communication skills: business writing from memos to storytelling (level 2)
• Professional communication skills: creating a positive image from job hire to promotion

There also many maths, employability and digital skills courses you can do. Ask your tutor or contact universal.skills@citylit.ac.uk / 020 7492 2511 for more detail. These include:
• Becoming confident in algebra: problem-solving with equations (level 1-2)
• Becoming confident in numbers: mental maths (level 1-2)
• Financial Planning: managing your money long-term
• Touch typing and keyboard skills
• Essential digital skills for work (Level 1)


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