Writing skills in practice: upper intermediate (level 1-2)

Course Dates: 28/09/21 - 07/12/21
Time: 18:30 - 20:30
Location: Online
Develop your writing by learning how to plan, structure and write letters, stories, articles, reports and more. Through writing in different ways, you will improve your grammatical accuracy, vocabulary and spelling, as well as your ability to link your ideas and write introductions and conclusions. Aimed at students who are at a good intermediate level or above (level 1-2).
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). 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: HES13

Tue, eve, 28 Sep - 07 Dec '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 ability to plan, structure and write a variety of texts. The emphasis will on the process of writing, its different stages, how ideas are put together and the language needed to do this.

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?

The class will focus on the writing of articles, essays, letters, reports and stories. We will concentrate on:
• developing and creating ideas
• organising and structuring ideas
• deciding what to include and exclude
• how to answer a question and understand a title
• how to make an argument
• how to present evidence
• how to write a coherent paragraph
• how to link paragraphs and ideas
• how to begin and end a piece of writing.

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

• write a well-structured essay, article, letter and short report
• develop and create ideas based on the purpose of your writing
• organise and structure your ideas prior to writing a draft
• edit your writing to make sure it achieves its purpose
• analyse the key parts of an essay question or task to ensure your writing is relevant
• make an argument with evidence
• write a coherent paragraph
• link paragraphs and ideas
• begin and end a piece of writing effectively.

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

This course level is for Level 1-2 students (B2-C1). You should be able to write a good letter or short article already and want to develop these skills up to the next level. You will need to do a pre-course assessment.

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

You will learn in a supportive and welcoming environment with an emphasis on your discovering how to do and complete tasks, with guidance from the tutor. 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 challenging 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 many courses you can do before, at the same time or after this course. These include:
• ESOL: Develop your listening skills (level 1)
• Workplace skills for ESOL learners: communicating in the online and face to face office (level 1 )
• 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)
• Grammar in practice: upper intermediate (level 1-2)
• Reading stories, telling stories: vocabulary, discussion, expression (level 2)
• Matters of opinion (level 2)
• Advanced writing skills: how to write creatively and expressively (level 2)
• ESOL level 1 (speaking and listening)
• ESOL level 1 (reading and writing)
• ESOL level 2 (speaking and listening)
• ESOL level 2 (reading and writing)

There also many maths and digital skills courses you can do. Ask your tutor or contact universal.skills@citylit.ac.uk / 020 7492 2511 for more details.

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