The second term will give you the chance to get a recognised qualification in reading.
You will continue to develop both speaking and listening skills along with reading and writing skills. However, the focus will be on achieving a qualification in reading. You will encounter a range of texts, noticing the textual features of a range of writing styles and genres from formal to semi-formal to formal texts. You will use clues in context to understand words and be able to guess meaning.
You should already speak, read and write a few words of English and give very basic personal information. This course is not suitable for absolute beginners. You will need to demonstrate your level at an initial assessment session before you begin this course.
You will need to bring a notebook with lined paper, pens and highlighter pens. You could also bring a dictionary ( this can be an e-dictionary on your phone for example) However, as you cannot use a dictionary in your final exam, you should only use the dictionary as directed by your tutor as, for the most part, you will be using skills to decode unknown words – a key skill in reading.
The methods will be learner centred, often task based on a range of authentic or semi authentic texts relevant to your needs to help you live in the community and access print and online information around you There will also be a focus on local services, news along with world events. You will explore internet media sources to develop your research skills and thinking on a range of local and international subjects. There will be elements of peer learning and an expectation for high levels of independent learning using links on Moodle and other e-sources.
There is ongoing assessment, all assessments will be indicated on Moodle which you will have access to before the course begins and for a month after your course finishes. You will also be given a hard copy Topic List which you can put in your class file to remind you when assessments are handed out and expected back in.
There is an expectation that learners will engage in approximately 40 hours of independent study (4 hours per week) to successfully complete the course. We expect that if you miss a class that you catch up by looking at what work was covered on Moodle. We expect you to look at Moodle during the week to support your reading skills development.