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Get Grammar (L1-L2)

Do you know when to use present perfect continuous rather than present perfect simple? Have you learned so much grammar you have become confused? Do you find using the correct grammar in your writing particularly difficult? This course will clarify English grammar and help you use it to say and write what you mean. This can support you on your general English course.

Who is this course for

This course is for students at intermediate and upper intermediate level. This is the course for you if:

You are a good L1 student or in a Level 2 class and you need to focus on your grammar. You have now studied a lot of grammar and can use it quite well, but you are still quite confused and not confident about whether you are using the correct grammar or not. You need to improve your awareness and sort out certain confusions. Most important of all, you need to know how your grammar changes the meaning of what you say or write.

What does this course cover

The course will focus on the main grammar needs of the students. However, the areas you are most likely to cover include: the distinction between continuous and simple forms (e.g. present perfect continuous vs present perfect simple); the 'perfect' tenses (present perfect, past perfect, future perfect); the use of linking words and phrases; the infinitive vs the gerund; the use and non-use of the article (a/an/the).

What will it be like

In this class, you will always study grammar in context. You will read stories, listen to conversations, discuss topics or pictures and then study the grammar you need. There will be a lot of different activities, which will be related to each other. The tutor will help you discover the grammar rules not just tell you. You will NOT be doing endless worksheets and grammar exercises. The teacher will use YouTube, songs, stories, pictures, recordings and an electronic whiteboard to introduce language. You will work in groups, pairs and on your own.

What else do you need to buy or do

You need an A4 file, paper, pens and pencils. An English-English dictionary is also useful. Other materials and books are available in the Student Resource Room.

You need to keep a file with all your work in and you need to do homework to ensure you progress as well as you can.

What this course could lead to

It is a good idea to do this course alongside a General ESOL course (Level 1 or Level 2). It might also be helpful to combine it with the Cambridge First qualification or the Study Skills class (Level 1 or Level 2). After the course, you might like to do Read for Pleasure.

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