ESOL Entry 3 - Writing

ESOL courses at Portslade Adult Learning

The third term will give you the chance to get a recognised qualification in writing.

START DATE AND TIME:
Mon, 29th April 2019
1600 - 1800
DURATION:
10 Weeks
Code:
FE045
Full fee:
£175
Concessionary fee:*
£10

TUTOR:

Susan Schiano Di Colella

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.

COURSE CONTENT

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.

COURSE AIMS/OBJECTIVES

  • You will evidence an appropriate level of detail in order to fulfil the purpose of a given task, including appropriate register and coverage of all requirements to ensure full task completion
  • You will plan using logical sequencing in order to make clear sense to the intended reader, including the use of paragraphs.
  • 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 a range of complex sentences that use an appropriate connective.
  • You will use capitalisation, spelling and punctuation used correctly.
  • You will present list using bullets/ numbers/items separated by commas/semi colons.
  • You will learn to plan and draft formal and informal texts prior to completing a finished version

TEACHING AND LEARNING METHODS

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.


COURSE LEVEL/ENTRY REQUIREMENTS

You should already possess E2 Functional Skills or E2 ESOL Reading qualification. or 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.


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 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.


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 which will be on Moodle to support your reading skills development.


MATERIALS YOU WILL NEED TO BRING TO THE 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.


WHAT CAN I DO NEXT?

  • Log onto Moodle and practise the games and other activities before week 1.
  • Also, print off the example Edexcel reading 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.

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.

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