ESOL: Thinking in English (E3-L1)
Time: 09:55 - 12:25
Before this course, you need to do a pre-course assessment. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org / 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 is FREE if a) you are on a Low Wage or b) you are either on Jobseekers' Allowance (JSA) or Employment & Support Allowance(ESA) or c) you receive other state benefits (including Universal Credit). For more information click here
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: ESTE01
Duration: 10 sessions (over 10 weeks)
What is the course about?
This course is about challenging your English to talk and think about topics which are demanding and so take your English to the next level. There will be a lot of pronunciation work and a focus on communicating and getting your point of view across to other people. You will develop your reading and listening skills so you can understand and identify what is not being said as well as what is. You will be able to see the bigger picture, the overall meaning, and identify details. You will practise using evidence to justify what you are thinking or understand about a problem, issue, topic You will practise asking questions about topics, stories, problems, and answering these questions, You will develop your vocabulary so you can express yourself more accurately. By having to think in English, you will gradually become fluent and less likely to translate from your first language.
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.
We will contact you with joining instructions before your course starts.
What will we cover?
•thinking in English to feel confident you can talk and write about complex topics
• reading and listening to debates about challenging topics and problems and identifying the overall general meaning - seeing the bigger picture
• reading and listening between the lines so you can see the implications of what someone is saying or writing
• finding and using evidence to give reasons for your ideas and opinions about different topics and texts you are reading or listening to
• expressing yourself so you get your point of view across to other people and change their minds
• choosing the best vocabulary for different situations
• asking and answering questions about different important topics
• expressing yourself with good fluency and pronunciation about different difficult topics.
What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...
• think in English and feel confident you can talk and write about complex topics
• read and listen to debates about challenging topics and problems and identify the overall general meaning - see the bigger picture
• read and listen between the lines so you can see the implications of what someone is saying or writing
• find and use evidence to give reasons for your ideas and opinions about different topics and texts you are reading or listening to
• express yourself so you get your point of view across to other people and change their minds
• choose the best vocabulary for different situations
• ask and answer questions about different important topics
• express yourself with good fluency and pronunciation about different difficult topics.
What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?
This is for students at Entry 3-Level 1 (B1-B2).
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 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 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 lots of courses you can do at the same time or after this course. These include:
• Grammar in practice: intermediate (entry 3 -level 1)
• ESOL Entry 3 or Level 1
• Good communication skills at work: working with people (entry 3 to level 1)
• ESOL: Improve your Fluency (entry 3-level 1)
• ESOL: develop your English skills to find a better job (entry 3-level 1)
• Office skills for ESOL students (entry 3-level 1)
• ESOL: How to think in English (E3-L1)
• ESOL communicating at work: customer care (entry 3-level 1)
• Workplace skills for ESOL learners: communicating in the online and face to face office (level 1 )
• ESOL and singing: sing your way to better English (entry 3- level 2)
Ask your tutor for more information or contact universal.skills@citylit,ac.uk / 020 7492 2511.