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 writing skills, however the focus will be on achieving the above course aims. Learners will encounter a range of authentic and modiﬁed authentic texts, noticing the textual features of a range of writing styles and genres from formal to semi- formal to formal texts. Learners will utilise contextual clues to understand unknown words and be able to guess meaning from analysis of these clues.
You should already possess E2 Functional Skills or E2 ESOL Reading qualification or Entry 3 Speaking & Listening. IELTs 4.0 will also be recognised as an appropriate entry qualification. Otherwise you will need to demonstrate your level at an initial assessment session before you begin this course.
You can buy a dictionary but you will not be allowed it during any mock exams or the final exam.
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.
You are encouraged to download the Moodle app as well as the Quizlet app.
There is ongoing assessment, all homework 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 do mock exams/ practice tests in class as well as at home.
The final Reading exam will take place at the end of the 10-week course. Check Moodle for the exact date.
Please check Moodle at least twice a week as your homework will be written there, along with a copy of the Lesson Powerpoint and extra resources to stretch and challenge you.
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 many times during the week, engaging in blogs and chat rooms as well as watching videos and engaging with other extension games and activities which will be on Moodle to support your reading skills development.