ESOL level 1 - Speaking and Listening

ESOL courses at Portslade Adult Learning

The first term will give you the chance to get a recognised qualification in speaking and listening.

START DATE AND TIME:
Wed, 25th September 2019
0945 - 1145
DURATION:
10 Weeks
Code:
FE017
Full fee:
£175
Concessionary fee:*
£20

TUTOR:

Allison Copeland

Address

PACA Adult learning, Chalky Road
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The first term will give you the chance to get a recognised qualification in speaking and listening.

COURSE AIMS/OBJECTIVES

  • You will ask and answer questions to show you can follow and contribute to a discussion.
  • You will use 'paralinguistic features' ('I see', 'oh really, 'aha' etc.) to show you are following the gist of a conversation.
  • You will demonstrate you can follow clear instructions in a range of conversation tasks.
  • You will use clear pronunciation to express intended meaning.
  • You will use appropriate formal and informal language according to the situation.
  • You will present information using an appropriate structure for a particular purpose.
  • COURSE CONTENT

    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.


    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 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.


    COURSE LEVEL/ENTRY REQUIREMENTS

    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.


    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, 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).


    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 Speaking & Listening 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.

    Click here to find out more

    Whether you want to improve your English for work or study, to help your children with thier school work or access local services and connect with the world around you, if English is not your first language then our ESOL ( English for Speakers of other languiages) courses will get you moving in the right direction.

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