What is the course about?
This is the second half of a year long course which will give you confidence using English for work, study and socialising. You will practise reading, writing and speaking and listening but you will focus more on reading and writing and take Entry 3 ESOL Reading and Writing exams if you are ready. You will practise being able to talk and write about common topics such as living in the UK or work and describing people, places and objects using different tenses - present simple, present continuous, past simple, past continuous, present perfect and future forms. You will learn how write short emails, letters or articles on a formal or informal topics using the right grammar and vocabulary. You will focus on planning and organising your writing into paragraphs and writing clear introductions and conclusion. You will read about interesting everyday topics and practise finding information and understanding the general meaning of stories, descriptions, messages, signs, notices, letter and emails. You will work on speaking fluently and extending your vocabulary about everyday topics and how to spell the words. You will practise asking and answering questions in different tenses and improving your pronunciation.
What will we cover?
You will practise reading, writing and speaking and listening but you will focus more on reading and writing in order to prepare for reading and writing exams. Each class will focus on a certain topic such as life in the UK, different cultures, work, technology, health and enjoyment. You will focus on:
• developing your everyday conversations including asking and answering questions using different tenses
• speaking fluently and writing on common topics using different tenses accurately - present simple, present continuous, past simple, past continuous, present perfect and future forms
• developing your vocabulary on a range of topics and spelling words correctly
• understanding everyday conversations and short recordings
• writing short emails, letters and messages – formal and informal.
• writing descriptions of people, places and objects
• organising your writing into paragraphs and writing clear introductions and conclusion
• punctuating accurately
• reading for details and for understanding the gist of stories, descriptions, messages, signs, notices, letter and emails.
What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...
• use your English to participate in general everyday life – at home, in the street and at work
• pass the English Speaking Board ESOL reading and writing exams
• engage in everyday conversations including asking and answering questions using different tenses including present simple, present continuous, past simple, past continuous, present perfect and future forms
• pronounce auxiliaries (do, does, did, was, were, has, had, am, is, are) correctly in questions, answers and sentences
• speaking fluently on common topics using different tenses - present simple, present continuous,
• past simple, past continuous, present perfect and future forms - with a good degree of accuracy.
• use a range of vocabulary to talk and write about topics such as life in the UK, different cultures, work, technology, health and enjoyment.
• understanding details in everyday conversations and short recordings (TV/radio, phone messages, group discussions)
• write short emails, letters and messages – formal and informal – with a good degree of accuracy e.g. to family, friends, work, companies
• write descriptions of people, places and objects with good use of adjectives including comparatives and superlatives
• organise your writing into paragraphs and write clear introductions and conclusions
• use full stops, commas, capital letters and other basic punctuation accurately
• find details and understand the general meaning of stories, descriptions, messages, signs, notices, letter and emails
By the end of this course you will also have improved your digital skills through use of Google Classroom, the internet and Microsoft Word.
What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?
This is an Entry 3 pre-intermediate course (B1). This course is ideal for you if you can ask and answer questions on personal information, routines, likes and dislikes, use present simple and past simple, and write short paragraphs. Now you want to talk and write about more complicated topics. You will need to do a pre-course assessment.
How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?
This will be an exciting and interesting course with lots of practice. You will work in pairs or small groups, and sometimes as a whole group. Your tutor will also work with you individually. There will be speaking and listening, reading, writing activities and games as well as the use of YouTube, an interactive whiteboard and computers to help your learning. Everything that you learn will help you in your daily life. You will be expected to do at least 2.5 hours 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.
When I've finished, what course can I do next?
There are many courses you could do next. You can continue to the next level (L1) or Preparing for Level 1 or do the speaking and listening part of Entry 3. You can also do a number of courses without exams at the same time as this course or after it. These courses include: Conversation and Pronunciation, ESOL and Singing, Office Skills for ESOL students, ESOL: Finding a Better Job, Grammar in Practice: Intermediate, Conversation in Practice. Your tutor will advise you on the best course.
General information and advice on courses at Build is available from the Student Centre and Library on Monday to Friday from 12:00 – 19:00.
See the course guide for term dates and further details