You will develop skills in reading, writing and speaking and listening, along with study skills you need to succeed in your further studies. You will also develop your confidence and employability skills to improve your work prospects . Students who successfully complete this course may progress onto Functional Skills in the Spring term. A good level of spoken English is required. Entry is by college based assessment and learners who are not ready for this programme will be referred to other programmes.
There will be temporary changes to the teaching of this course due to Covid 19
Your safety is our priority, and in these unprecedented times we need to make some temporary changes until it is safe to welcome you all into class.
So, to begin with, your classes will be taught with a mix of online teaching and some 1:1 tutorial or small group work in a safe, socially distanced environment. Some cases courses may be taught fully online if that works best.
However, nobody needs to come into class until they feel happy to do so, all the materials you need to succeed will be online, and if you choose to stay home, we will make sure you will receive all the support you need via email, phone and through our Virtual Learning Environment.
Course includes spelling, grammar and punctuation to aid more effective writing of documents.
Reading an extended text of your choice, for discussion or presentation.
Using resources on our online Moodle site for self-development
Minimum Functional Skills English at Entry 2 or ESOL Level 1 or by college-based assessment at Entry 2 or above. This programme is suitable for people who have been away from study for some time.
As the course will initially commence online you will require:
Pens, pencils, A4 lined paper, highlighter pens, English dictionary, small notebook for vocabulary. You should buy a copy of "Functional Skills English Entry Level 3 Study & Test Practice," published by cgpbooks.co.uk. This is available from Amazon or you can order from your book shop. There will be one or two other books to buy if you progress to Functional Skills.
Teaching will include whole class teaching and individual learning. The use of computers will be integral to the course, but learners will also complete worksheets and handwritten tasks. Pair work and group work, as well as individual activities, will form part of the class, with a focus on working with others as preparation for employment.
here are likely to be some adjustments to teaching and learning methods this year, because of the ongoing situation with the Covid-19 virus.
A portfolio of coursework will be completed and learning will also be checked during the class.
Learners will need to read independently, and completion of coursework tasks will be required at home, which may require the use of a computer or smartphone with internet access.
This course forms Module 1 of the Functional Skills programme and learners will progress onto Functional Skills English at Entry 3 or Level 1.