This course is suitable for students who need to develope basic literacy skills before joining an ESOL class leading to a qualification. The course will be flexible to meet individual needs.
Learners 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 Functional Skills or L1 ESOL Reading qualification. PET (Preliminary English Test) or IELTs 4.5 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 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.
Pens, paper and highlighters should be used for class work.
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. Some assessments will happen in class time, these will be indicated on your topic list which will also be above week 1 on Moodle.
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.