Who is this course for
This English course is at lower intermediate and intermediate level. It is the right course for you if:
You can communicate with people in different situations and feel quite confident in your daily life - for example, in shops, at the bank, at the market, with your children's teacher. But you cannot say or understand anything complicated. You cannot understand the television or the radio very well especially when English people are talking to each other.
You can read simple letters, emails, and forms quite easily. You have begun to read newspaper articles and stories. But you need to use a dictionary a lot and the stories take you a long time to read.
You can write short letters and emails. You can write descriptions of people and places. You can write about how you feel. But you make a lot of mistakes. You are not sure about the correct grammar, and your language is quite simple.
What does this course cover
You will practise everyday conversations - giving opinions and advice, expressing what you like and don't like doing, making plans for the future, asking and answering questions. You will develop your pronunciation so you know which words to stress. You will practise your listening in conversations and your listening to recordings - for example, from the radio and television.
You will improve your reading skills so you can understand short newspaper articles and stories, most forms and notices and formal and informal letters.
You will develop your writing. You will practise writing formal and informal letters, more detailed descriptions of places and people, short creative stories and giving your opinions.
You will learn more grammar. You will practise the present continuous, 'going to' and 'will' for the future; the present perfect; past continuous; some modal verbs such as should/shouldn't, must/mustn't, have to/don't have to, may, might. You will learn more about comparatives and superlatives, adverbs, pronouns, and much more. You will also learn a lot of vocabulary.
What will it be like
The teacher will use videos, YouTube, songs, stories, pictures, recordings and an electronic whiteboard to introduce language. You will work in groups, pairs and on your own. There will be a lot of speaking and listening. You will discuss many topics, practise conversations and play games. You will read many different stories and article about different topics. You will write stories, emails and letters. There will be many different activities so that you understand everything and are never bored!
The teacher will assess your speaking, listening, reading and writing by giving you activities to do and some tests. The teacher will talk often to you about your progress.
What else do you need to buy or do
You need to come to class regularly and do homework to make good progress. You need to prepare for your exams.
You need an A4 file, paper, pens and pencils. An English-English dictionary is also useful.
What this course could lead to
Further courses to complete ESOL exams in all skills.
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This course has concessions available for people who meet certain criteria
Why come to Mary Ward Centre?
Mary Ward Centre is the adult education centre with a difference. We provide a wide range of subjects for people at all levels and run courses during the day, evening or weekend to suit your timetable.
Get inspired and enjoy excellent teaching in an environment where each individual’s learning experience is valued. That’s what makes Mary Ward Centre ‘the friendly place to learn.’