English for life (level 1)

Course Dates: 12/04/21 - 05/07/21
Time: 10:00 - 13:00
Location: Online
Do you want to become more confident in writing and speaking? Would you like to express yourself more effectively in difficult situations, in emails to friends, at work, when dealing with the council or your child's school? On this course, you will develop your reading and writings skills so you can act confidently in the most important everyday situations and be able to give your opinions and debate with others about a range of topics and events. You will work on how to organise your writing use paragraphs well and form different types of sentences. You will improve your vocabulary, discover new spelling strategies and learn how to use punctuation accurately. You will develop your reading skills to be able to find information and details, identify the purposes and summarise different types of texts. By the end of this three-term programme, you will be a competent reader and writer both at work and home and ready to do exams such as Functional Skills.
Before this course, you need to do a pre-course assessment. Contact universal.skills@citylit.ac.uk / 020 7492 2511 or click the Start Assessment button on this page. Log on with your email address (not name). Use Chrome if possible.
This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
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Course Code: AE401C

Full Mon, day, 12 Apr - 05 Jul '21

Duration: 11 sessions (over 13 weeks)

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What is the course about?

The course is designed to enable you to become a better, more confident communicator in both writing and speaking. You will learn how to express yourself better in informal situations, in emails to friends, in more formal situations at work, when dealing with the council or your child's school. You will focus on how to organise and structure your writing, construct and link paragraphs and write different types of sentences. You will improve your vocabulary, discover new spelling strategies and learn how to use punctuation accurately. You will develop your reading skills to be able to find information and details, identify the purposes and summarise different types of texts. You can do all this without the pressure of an exam, but by the end of this course you will be ready to move to a course with a qualification. You will also learn some digital skills!

This is a live online course. You will need:
- Internet connection. The classes work best with Chrome.
- A computer with microphone and camera is best (e.g. a PC/laptop/iMac/MacBook), or a tablet/iPad/smart phone/iPhone if you don't have a computer.
- Earphones/headphones/speakers.
We will contact you with joining instructions before your course starts.

What will we cover?

A range of topics will be discussed inkling items in the new, short stories, important events, culture, entertainment as well as personal stories and events. These topics will provide a context to focus on:
• expressing yourself confidently in different situations
• writing compound and complex sentences with greater confidence
•structuring longer pieces of writing
•improving your spelling strategies
• using punctuation more accurately so the meaning of your writing is clear
• expressing opinions in both writing and speaking
•engaging in discussions in formal and informal situations
•responding effectively to other's points of view
•improving your use of reference materials: dictionary skills, Google skills, recognising trustworthy sites
•reading for gist and for detail in a variety of text types.

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

• express yourself more confidently in different situations
• write compound and complex sentences with greater confidence
•structure longer pieces of writing so they are easy to follow
• understand and use spelling strategies when spelling common words and predict how to spell less common words
• use punctuation more accurately so the meaning of your writing is clear
• express opinions effectively in both writing and speaking
•engage in discussions in formal and informal situations with confidence
•respond effectively to other's points of view
•use reference materials to enhance your reading and writing: dictionary skills and Google skills,
•read for gist and for detail in a variety of text types such as forms, website and news articles.

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

This course is for people who are fluent speakers of English at Level 1. This means you can already write with a degree of confidence and read emails, letters and short articles. The course is particularly good for learners who want to study without the pressure of an exam. However, by the end of these course, you will be ready to move to a course with an qualification.

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 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 access materials, videos etc. online and communicate with classmates.

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

We have other courses which you might like to do at the same time or afterwards: These include:

Develop your writing and reading: spelling, punctuation, vocabulary (Entry 3-Level 1)
Develop your writing and reading: spelling foundation (Entry 3-Level 1)
Develop your English: grammar foundation (level 1-2)

You might also be ready to do a course with a qualification.

We also run maths courses.
Maths for life (entry 3)
Maths for life (level 1)

And there are many digital skills courses you can do.
Any questions email: Universal.skills@citylit.ac.uk or ring 0207 492 2511.

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