ESOL level 2 Writing

ESOL courses at Portslade Adult Learning

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

START DATE AND TIME:
Sat, 12th January 2019
1000 - 1400
DURATION:
10 Weeks
Code:
FE051
Full fee:
£175
Concessionary fee:*
£10

TUTOR:

Andrew Howes

Address

Portslade Sports Centre, Chalky Road
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The second term will give you the chance to get a recognised qualification in writing.

COURSE CONTENT

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 develop a range of writing styles and genres, from semi-formal to formal texts.

They will analyse key features of these text types, and develop language resources to enable them to produce their own similar texts.

COURSE AIMS/OBJECTIVES

  • Learners will improve their ability to write a range of texts with appropriate style/register.
  • Learners will improve their ability to write a range of texts with suitable content.
  • Learners will write using an increasing range of sentence types.
  • Learners will develop their skills regarding completing forms, including those with extended responses.
  • Learners will increase their ability to compose reasonably accurate text quickly.
  • Learners will develop the ability to produce plans for their writing projects.
  • Learners will improve their spelling skills by means of an individualised spelling programme.

TEACHING AND LEARNING METHODS

The study methods will be learner-centred, and often task-based. You will analyse a range of authentic or semi-authentic texts relevant to your needs, and practise writing similar texts, in order to help you use written English to further your life goals.

There will be elements of peer-learning and an expectation of high levels of independent learning, including using links on Moodle and other e-sources.


COURSE LEVEL/ENTRY REQUIREMENTS

You should already possess Entry3/Level 1 Writing Functional Skills or Entry3/Level1 ESOL Writing qualification. 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 paper copy of the 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 available 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, you will catch up by looking at what work was covered on Moodle, and completing these tasks before the necxt lesson. We expect you to look at Moodle several times during the week, engaging in activities such as taking part in blogs and chat rooms, watching videos and engaging with other extension games and activities which will be available on Moodle to support your writing skills development.


MATERIALS YOU WILL NEED TO BRING TO THE COURSE

When you come to each lesson, 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, to support your writing while also devleloping the ability to work independently, without such resources.


WHAT CAN I DO NEXT?

  • Log onto Moodle and practise the games and other activities before week 1.
  • 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.

Do you want to get a job? Do you want to progress onto another course to improve your life chances? Do you feel you have been stuck at the same level of English for too long? If the answer is "Yes" to any of these questions, then we can and will help you! Come to our classes and develop your confidence and skills, and see how far you can go.

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