Writing skills in practice: advanced (level 2+)

Course Dates: 29/04/21 - 08/07/21
Time: 18:30 - 20:30
Location: Online
Do you need to develop your writing so you can express yourself in a full and rich manner? On this course, you will focus on how to structure different types of writing, organise your ideas, and improve your vocabulary while focusing on difficulties typically faced by high level learners of English, such as tone and register. Learn how to research information and use your notes to write to the point, expressing complex ideas in a style which is engaging and takes the reader into account.
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 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) and your monthly take home pay is less than £343. 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: HES12

Started Thu, eve, 29 Apr - 08 Jul '21

Duration: 11 sessions (over 11 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.
Why do I need an advice session?

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What is the course about?

This is a general writing course which will develop your writing styles and your ability to write different types of text. The main focus will be on how to write in a discursive form and the language required to do this but we will also practise report writing and how to summarise and present statistical information. Differences between formal and informal register will also be examined as will how to create interest and write to the point.

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?

In this course we will discover:
• What are the qualities of a well-written essay – how is it constructed, what are the different types of structure, how is an argument created, what is the role of argument and counter-argument, how effective paragraphing is achieved, how does an essay or other piece of writing cohere, what makes a good introduction and conclusion
• What are the best ways to summarise and present statistics and other forms of data, how to write about these and maintain the reader’s interest, what specific language do you need
• How to move between formal and informal registers including what makes some language forms more formal than others
• How to create interest for the reader particularly through vocabulary and how to write about complex ideas clearly and simply.

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

• identify the different features of a well-written essay – its different possible structures, its use of argument and counter-argument, the use of evidence, effective paragraphing and links between them, how it coheres, and the qualities and function of good introductions and conclusions
• write a high quality essay which exemplifies the features above
• summarise and present statistics and other forms of data in an engaging way using appropriate language
• identify and use some key structures of formal and informal writing
• use vocabulary to create interest and involve the reader in your writing
• express complex ideas in a simple way and in a style appropriate to your purpose and reader.

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

This course level is for Level 2+ students (C1-C2). You should be able to take part in long and challenging conversations, understand complex authentic written texts and express yourselves fairly clearly in medium-length texts or longer.

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 features of good writing. You will focus on a variety of different writing tasks both inside and outside the classroom. The course will be dynamic and creative with a lot of interaction – you will work in pairs, small groups and sometimes as a whole class. Your tutor will also work with you individually. You will need to do some homework every week and use Google Classroom outside the class.

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 worksheets. It will be helpful if you can bring your own laptop to class. City Lit can provide you with one if you do not have one.

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

There are many courses you could do next. You can continue to the speaking and listening part of Level 2. You can also do a number of courses without exams at the same time as this course or after it. These include:
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
ESOL and singing: sing your way to better English (entry 3-level 2)
ESOL Pronunciation: Stage 1 (level 1-2)

Your tutor will advise you on the best course. We also have many digital skills and maths skill course. Contact universal.skills@citylit.ac.uk or 020 7492 2511 for more information.

We’re sorry. We don’t have a bio ready for the tutor of this class at the moment, but we’re working on it! Watch this space.