ESOL Entry 1 - Writing

ESOL courses at Portslade Adult Learning

The third term will give you the chance to get a recognised qualification in writing. You will receive an Edexcel certificate if you pass the course.

START DATE AND TIME:
Mon, 29th April 2019
1300-1500
DURATION:
10 Weeks
Code:
FE039
Full fee:
£175
Concessionary fee:*
£10

TUTOR:

Vincenzo Manco

Address

Portslade Sports Centre, Chalky Road
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The third term will give you the chance to get a recognised qualification in writing. You will receive an Edexcel certificate if you pass the course.

COURSE CONTENT

Learners will continue to develop both Speaking and listening skills along with reading skills, however the focus will be on achieving the 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.

COURSE AIMS/OBJECTIVES

  • You will plan using logical sequencing, in order to make clear sense to the intended reader.
  • You will use language appropriate to audience and purpose, i.e. suitable tone and vocabulary.
  • You will write texts which make grammatical sense, e.g. consistent tense and pronoun use, correct subject-verb agreement.
  • You will learn how to compose basic sentences that use appropriate verb with noun.
  • You will use capitalisation, spelling and punctuation required at E1 correctly.
  • You will present lists using full stops and question marks. You will learn to plan and draft texts prior to completing a finished version.

TEACHING AND LEARNING METHODS

The methods will be learner centred, often task based and often working in groups. You will write about a range of issues relevant to yor 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.


COURSE LEVEL/ENTRY REQUIREMENTS

You will take an initial assessment with us before you begin this course, which will show that your starting point is one level below that of this class.


HOW PROGRESS IS CHECKED DURING COURSE

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 and these will be indicated on your topic list and 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).


EXTRA STUDY OR PRACTICE REQUIRED AT HOME

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 on Moodle, to support your writing skills development.


MATERIALS YOU WILL NEED TO BRING TO THE COURSE

Folder with dividers, lined paper, pens and highlighter pens and a dictionary, e.g. and e-dictionary on your phone. You cannot use a dictionary in your final exam so you will develop skills to decode unknown words – a key skill in writing.


WHAT CAN I DO NEXT?

  • Log onto Moodle and practise the games and other activities
  • Also, print off the example Edexcel writing test to familiarise yourself with the end exam
  • Print off the topic list and put it in the front of your class file
  • Think about any individual targets you might have – are there specific areas of weakness you wish to address?
  • Start thinking about how you will organise your class folder and which sections you will have, for example:
  1. Exam practice
  2. Homework
  3. Assessments
  4. Materials from class
  5. New vocabulary

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