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English Functional Skills E3 – ONLINE

On this course, you will improve your spelling, writing, speaking and listening and reading skills. You will learn how to spell and break down words, develop a strategy for spelling, write better sentences and improve your reading skills.

Who is this course for

This is an Entry Level 3 course. The course is suitable for anyone who has achieved Entry Level 2 and wants to progress to Entry Level 3. The course is also suitable for anyone working at Entry Level 3.

ESOL students may also join this course as speaking and listening skills and help with pronunciation are also areas you will explore.

At the end of the course, you can do an exam if you feel that you are ready.

What does this course cover

On this course, you will practise your reading, writing, speaking and listening.

You will practise how to give and follow instructions, take part in discussions, respond to different points of view, and use formal and informal language.

You will learn how to read and understand texts quickly, how to find information and details and how to recognise the different purposes of texts.

In your writing, you will practise how to plan, organise and write whole pieces of writing e.g. letters and stories. You will practise writing complete sentences, using basic grammar and punctuation, and how to spell common words.

By the end of the course you should be able to:
1. Improve your spelling of key words and vocabulary for everyday life
2. Improve your ability to write sentences for work, study and life
3. Improve your speaking and listening skills and pronunciation in a range of practical situations
4. Improve your ability to read, break down and understand information from practical texts

What will it be like

On this course, you will learn with your fellow students, complete tasks in class and for homework. You will work together, with your tutor's help, and you will also work on your own sometimes. You will also learn by communicating with your peers, working on worksheets, keeping a spelling journal, playing spelling games, and using laptops to help with writing.

Teaching methods: Visual demonstration and verbal explanation. Written handouts with visual diagrams. One-to-one teaching. Group discussions
Learning methods: Hands-on practical activities, Reading handouts and following instructions.
One-to-one and group discussion.
How students are assessed: Questions and answers during group discussions and one-to-one teaching.
Record of students' progress and achievement on an assessment sheet as they achieve the course objectives. Practical work produced is evidence of learning.

What else do you need to buy or do

You need an A4 file, paper, pens and pencils.
You only need a notebook, a pen, and a personal dictionary, if you have one. If you do not have a personal dictionary you can use the dictionaries at the centre.
You need to keep a file with all your work in and you need to do homework. You should also come to every class.

What this course could lead to

You will be able to do speaking and listening, reading and writing exams (Functional Skills) during the year.

If you complete this course and pass the exam you can progress to Level 1 Literacy. If you are interested in brushing up your IT, Math and English skills, you can also do the IT, Math and English course for beginners and for those who need to brush up.

There is detailed information in Reception about all our courses at the Mary Ward Centre.

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Why choose Mary Ward?

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 and weekends to suit your timetable. You can learn face to face at one of our centres (Bloomsbury or Waterloo) or take an online course

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