What is the course about?
This course will help you get started in reading and writing. We will discuss topics that interest you and use these to help you improve the basics of reading and writing as well as speak with confidence to express your thoughts and feelings. You will learn to how write simple sentences, spell important common words, use
punctuation correctly and develop reading and writing strategies most suited to you. You will also improve some basic maths and digital skills where necessary.
What will we cover?
We will discuss and choose together which exact topics we will cover but the main ones will usually include: important celebrations and events, food, health and newspaper stories. The type of English skills we will practise will include:
• writing simple and complex sentences about different topics
• identifying where a sentence begins and ends
• using linking words like 'but', 'and', 'or'
• identifying the purpose of posters and other types of writing
• recognising the sounds of letters and using these to help read and write whole words
• developing strategies to improve your spelling
• finding information in different types of text e.g, posters, notices and forms
• summarising information and opinions in spoken and written English
• following written instructions e.g. recipes
• speaking and expressing opinions about important topics
• understanding and responding to other points of view.
What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...
• be more confident in your reading, writing and speaking to do everyday tasks such as make appointments, go to the library, complete forms, understand instructions and give your opinion
• write simple and complex sentences about different topics
• identify where a sentence begins and ends
• use linking words like 'but', 'and', 'or'
• identify the purpose of posters and other types of writing
• recognise the sounds of letters and using these to help read and write whole words
• develop strategies to improve your spelling of common and important words
• find information in different types of text e.g, posters, notices and forms
• summarise information and opinions
• follow written instructions e.g. recipes
• speak and express opinions about important topics
• understand and respond to other points of view.
What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?
This course is for people who are fluent speakers of English who need to develop their basic writing and reading so they can write whole sentences, improve their spelling, read notices and other short texts. To do this course you will need to be able to write alphabet, read some everyday words and be able to write your personal details (name, surname etc).
How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?
Teaching will be in a supportive group setting, which involves pair and small group work. The interactive whiteboard and computers will help your learning. Handouts and worksheets will allow you to build up a folder of work. You will be given homework on a regular basis.
Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?
You will need a pen, some lined A4 paper and a folder to keep your work in. Your tutor will provide handouts and worksheets.
When I've finished, what course can I do next?
When you successfully complete this part of the course, you can progress to the next part. And then to the next level. You can do other courses at the same time such as our English Phonics 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