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English Functional Skills 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

The course is suitable for anyone who has achieved Entry Level 3 and wants to progress to Level 1. The course is also suitable for anyone working at Level 1. This course is for all students who are proficient in spoken English. You can take speaking and listening, reading and writing exams when you are ready.

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 also create and deliver a small group presentation.
You will practise different reading techniques to understand the overall meaning of different texts. You will develop your skills in locating information and detail and how to identify inferred meaning in text. You will study the structure of texts, e.g. e-mails, letters, articles, reports, Internet forum posts.
You will practise your writing skills. You will learn to write different types of text for different purposes and audience by making notes, planning, drafting and editing. You will improve your grammar and punctuation and develop different spelling strategies
By the end of the course you should be able to:
1. Listen understand and make relevant contributions to discussion.
2. Plan and deliver a short presentation.
3. Use methods of reading to understand a variety of longer texts.
4. Improve spelling for words used most often in work, study and daily life.
5. Write in complete sentences with accurate use of punctuation and grammar.
6. Plan, draft and organise writing which is fit for purpose and audience.

What will it be like

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 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 will need to do homework and you will keep a Student 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 Level 2 literacy class and 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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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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