What is the course about?
This course will help you improve your communication skills in speaking, listening, reading and writing skills. It will enable you to bcome confident in writing longer texts and reading more complicated articles, information, descriptions and stories.You will also become a more confident speaker in different circumstances including formal ones. And you can do this without the pressure of an exam. We will look at how English sentences are put together and how you can write more complex sentences confidently. We willl see how formal English differs from informal English, which will help you with both your reading and writing. Along the way, you will work on your spelling strategies to improve the accuracy of your written work. And you will learn some digital skills including reading and finding information from websites.
What will we cover?
Your tutor will decide from a range of topics and ask you what topics you want to cover based on your needs and interests. The main skills we will cover will include:
• expressing yourself confidently in different situations
• writing compound and complex sentences with greater confidence
•structuring longer pieces of writing
•improving your spelling strategies
• using punctuation more accurately so the meaning of your writing is clear
• expressing opinions in both writing and speaking
•engaging in discussions in formal and informal situations
•responding effectively to other's points of view
•improving your use of reference materials: dictionary skills, Google skills, recognising trustworthy sites
•reading for gist and for detail in a variety of text types.
What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...
achieve some or all of the following
• express yourself confidently in different situations
• write compound and complex sentences with greater confidence
•structure longer pieces of writing so they are easy to follow
•develop your spelling strategies so you can spell most common words correctly and predict how to spell uncommon words
• use punctuation more accurately so the meaning of your writing is clear
• express opinions effectively in both writing and speaking
•engage in discussions in formal and informal situations with confidence
•respond effectively to other's points of view
•use reference materials to enhance your reading and writing: dictionary skills, Google skills, recognising trustworthy sites
•read for gist and for detail in a variety of text types such as forms, website and news articles.
What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?
This course is for people who are fluent speakers of English at Level 1. This means you can already write with a degree of confidence and read emails, letters and short articles. The course is particularly designed for learners who do not want to do an exam and who need to work on specific areas of their English. You will need to attend an Initial Assessment & Interview session before enrolling.
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 file 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 course, you may join the next part of the three-part programme. Other courses which might help you include: Improve your spelling and English for the Office with digital skills.
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