The first term will give you the chance to get a recognised qualification in speaking and listening.
Learners will continue to develop both Speaking and listening skills along with reading 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. There will also be a focus on local services and news along with world events. There will be a focus on citizenship and we will discuss current issues, including rights for citizens, local services, local community including radicalisation of UK citizens within the context of what constitutes citizenship within a democracy.
You should already possess E3 Functional Skills or E3 ESOL Writing 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 will need to bring a folder with dividers, along with lined paper, pens and highlighter pens. You should 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 and often working in groups. You will write about a range of issues relevant to your needs to help you live in the community. 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 will reflect the weeks on Moodle) 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. Feedback on any written work will follow the PACA feedback policy and scheme. Your teacher will give you a copy of this. We will use your Initial Assessment before the class, and Diagnostic Assessment evidence collected in the first 2 weeks to plan your learning journey and negotiate individual targets. We will record and monitor this in your own ILP (Individual learning Plan).
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.
After November 2015, only Secure English Language Tests (SELTs) will be accepted for settlement and naturalisation (citizenship) applications. This means that ESOL qualifications, including ESOL Skills for Life qualifications, will no longer be accepted.