English Functional Skills (level 1)

Course Dates: 21/04/20 - 14/07/20
Time: 18:00 - 21:00
Location: KS - Keeley Street

Do you want to develop your English skills so you can be confident at work and in daily life, and gain a qualification? Level 1 functional skills exam is the first step in showing employers and others you have a good level of English reading and writing and that you can speak well in a variety of situations. You will need to do an initial pre-course assessment before being accepted onto this course and have passed the Getting Ready for English Functional Skills (level 1) course.

Description

What is the course about?

In this course you will develop your English speaking, listening and communication skills so for example, you can take part in formal discussions and give and discuss informal talks. You will read and respond to a variety of texts including instructions, descriptions, explanations, and persuasive accounts. You will practise writing different types of texts such as formal letters and short reports. You will be preparing for three exams and so need to do homework and self-study every week.

What will we cover?

This course prepares you to pass the City and Guilds Functional Skills Level 1 English exam. This will include how to:
• Identify relevant information and lines of argument in spoken explanations or presentations
• Respond effectively to detailed questions
• Communicate information, ideas and opinions clearly and accurately
• Express opinions and arguments and support them with evidence
• Follow and understand discussions and make relevant contributions
• Use appropriate phrases and contributions to take account of audience, purpose and medium
• Respect the turn-taking rights of others during discussions, using appropriate language for interjection
• Identify and understand the main points, ideas and details in written texts
• Compare information, ideas and opinions in different texts
• Distinguish between fact and opinion
• Identify which language is appropriate for different audiences and purposes
• Use reference materials and appropriate strategies to find the meaning of words
• Use indexes, menus, subheadings, paragraphs to locate relevant information
• Recognise formal, informal, instructional, descriptive, explanatory and persuasive vocabulary
• Use knowledge of punctuation to aid understanding of straightforward texts
• Use a range of punctuation correctly e.g. full stops, question marks, exclamation marks, commas, possessive apostrophes
• Use correct grammar e.g. subject-verb agreement, consistent use of different tenses, definite and indefinite articles
• Spell words used most often in work, study and daily life, including specialist words
• Communicate written information, ideas and opinions clearly, coherently and accurately in range of texts
• Write with appropriate detail to suit purpose and audience
• Write with appropriate format, structure and language for purpose and audience
• Write consistently and accurately in complex sentences, using paragraphs where appropriate.

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

• Have sufficient reading, writing, speaking and listening skills to pass English Level 1 Functional Skills
• Identify relevant information and lines of argument in spoken explanations or presentations
• Respond effectively to detailed questions
• Communicate information, ideas and opinions clearly and accurately
• Express opinions and arguments and support them with evidence
• Follow and understand discussions and make relevant contributions
• Use appropriate phrases and contributions to take account of audience, purpose and medium
• Respect the turn-taking rights of others during discussions, using appropriate language for interjection
• Identify and understand the main points, ideas and details in written texts
• Compare information, ideas and opinions in different texts
• Distinguish between fact and opinion
• Identify which language is appropriate for different audiences and purposes
• Use reference materials and appropriate strategies to find the meaning of words
• Use indexes, menus, subheadings, paragraphs to locate relevant information
• Recognise formal, informal, instructional, descriptive, explanatory and persuasive vocabulary
• Use knowledge of punctuation to aid understanding of straightforward texts
• Use a range of punctuation correctly e.g. full stops, question marks, exclamation marks, commas, possessive apostrophes
• Use correct grammar e.g. subject-verb agreement, consistent use of different tenses, definite and indefinite articles
• Spell words used most often in work, study and daily life, including specialist words.

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

This course is for fluent speakers of English. This is an accredited course. It is not for learners who do not want to do a qualification. You need to come to class every week and have the time, means and dedication to work outside the classroom. You will need to do an initial pre-course assessment before being accepted onto this course and have passed the Getting Ready for English Functional Skills (level 1) course. Those who do not yet have the required skills will be referred to our non-accredited English courses.

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

The class will be interactive and dynamic. During the class you will work in pairs or small groups, and sometimes as a whole group. There is an emphasis on student production and engagement. Your tutor will also work with you individually. You will be need to do regular homework of up to 3 hours a week and work on gradual improvements. There will be ongoing assessments. Google Classroom will be used to help you do work outside the class.

Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?

You will need a lined A4 writing pads, pen, a folder for assignments and any other appropriate stationery. You will be expected to maintain a course folder of handouts and your assignments. If you are on a low income you may be able to apply to the Bursary Fund for help with the costs of the course (e.g. fares, books, materials).

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

Functional Skills qualifications are often be a requirement for certain jobs. You will also be ready for Level 2 Functional Skills or our Getting Ready for English GCSE. There are also a variety of other courses you can do including our English Skills for the Office with Digital Skills. There are also many digital skills courses which will prepare you for working in an office or other administrative environment.

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Course Code: AEA401

Tue, eve, 21 Apr - 14 Jul '20

Duration: 13 sessions (over 13 weeks)

Full fee: £0.00
Senior fee: £0.00
Concession: £0.00

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