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Adult English Literacy L1

For many people improving reading and writing can be difficult. These courses will help you develop these skills, and gain confidence in your speaking. You will also have the opportunity to learn about computers and use them to improve your literacy. We offer specialist support for students with dyslexia and specific learning difficulties. You can take functional skills exams in speaking, reading and writing when you are ready..

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Who is this course for

This course is at Level 1 and Level 2. It is the right course for you if:

You want to improve your literacy skills - reading, and writing, and also speaking and listening. You can already read short, straightforward texts accurately and independently, and find written information from everyday sources. You can write short letters and other texts with some adaptation to the intended audience. However, you want to be able to read more complicated texts more quickly - for example, newspapers, magazines and short stories. And you want to be able to write more accurately and express yourself in a more interesting manner. You want to improve your punctuation and learn how to plan and prepare your writing.

The course is designed for people whose native language is English. If English is not your first language but you speak English equivalent to a native speaker, you may also benefit from this course if you need to develop your reading and/or writing skills.

What does this course cover

On this course, you will practise your speaking and listening so you can participate in conversations and discussions effectively, making valid points and giving well-argued opinions.

You will practise different reading techniques so you can understand the general meaning or theme of different types of texts, and find information and details. You will also study how texts, e.g. letters or articles, are structured.

You will practise your writing. You will learn and practise how to prepare different types of writing through making notes, planning, drafting and editing. You will improve your grammar and punctuation and develop different spelling strategies.

You will learn how to communicate in ways appropriate to the audience.

What will it be like

The teacher will use a variety of methods to introduce language. You will read a lot; the tutor will ask you questions throughout the class to check your understanding; and you will work in groups, pairs and on your own. Activities will be developed to match individual student needs and the tutor will encourage you to work independently.

The teacher will assess your speaking, listening, reading and writing by giving you activities to do and some tests. The tutor will talk regularly to you about your progress and what you need to do in order to improve.

What else do you need to buy or do

You will need A4 paper, a folder, pens and a dictionary. Other materials and books are available in the Student Resource Room.

You will need to do homework and you will keep an Individual Learning Plan to help you organise your studies.

What this course could lead to

You can take Functional Skills exams throughout the year in Speaking and Listening, Reading and Writing.

At the end of this course, you will be ready for a variety of other classes - for example, in the Business, IT and Digital Media section. You will be able to do some of these courses while doing your literacy class. See

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