19 April 2018
28 June 2018
Thursday between 19:00 and 21:00
Between 8 and 12 learners.
NOTE: This course has already finished.
Speaking, Listening, Reading and Writing for learners who have successfully completed an Intermediate Course (L2 or Level 2) or equivalent prior experience.
How will I learn?
- Group based weekly classes
- Home study
- Online resources
Group based weekly classes
- A confidence building environment
- Regular contact with your tutor
- Meet like-minded people
- Time to consolidate learning at your own pace
- Using handouts, set books or by exploring the internet (optional)
- Support from “Derby Learn” (on some courses) see www.derbylearn.net (optional)
- Set book and CD or Cassette tape (your tutor will advise you about this in class)
Your tutor may provide:
- Authentic materials such as menus, timetables, photos etc.
- Video or DVD
- Internet (optional)
What can I expect to be doing in classes?
- Working in a group to learn new vocabulary
- Participating in dialogues and discussions and talking about books, films and TV programmes
- Creating and participating in question and answer sessions, written and verbal
- Participating in games and quizzes
- Reading fiction and non-fiction
- Writing formal and informal correspondence and reviews or reports
- Listening to dialogues / monologues
- Watching video or DVDs or television extracts
- Mnemonic strategies (learning how to improve memory skills)
How will my progress be measured?
Your tutor will:
- assess you informally in class and give you immediate verbal feedback
- Assess your work formally and give you both verbal and written feedback
- You will be encouraged to keep a ‘diary’ of your experiences and consider your confidence, achievements and preferred learning styles
- Accredited courses will be awarded with a certificate upon successful completion of the course requirements (your tutor will tell you more about this)
Is there an exam?
There is no exam for ‘Advanced’ courses.
You will be expected to complete a series of exercises in class which will be assessed by your tutor. These exercises are designed to measure your speaking and listening skills as well as your reading and writing skills. Example exercises may be to talk for 3 minutes about a play or film in your chosen language, write a summary about the film or play, listen to a news report and answer questions about its content, read and respond to a set of instructions. This style of continuous assessment gives you the chance to realise and appreciate your own progress.
Aims and Outcomes
What will I be learning?
You will be learning to understand and use:
- a wide variety of vocabulary relevant to the context in which you are operating.
- a range of polite forms of address, and expressions of feeling/emotion.
- more specialised vocabulary relevant to areas of special study or work.
- a range of structures using the infinitive and other root forms of the verb as appropriate.
- commonly used sentence structures in positive, negative, imperative and interrogative forms.
- a range of complex sentence combinations.
- alternative structures and terms to make language appropriate for different audiences in formal and informal situations.
- a range of ways of expressing the past, present and future tenses, and a range of conditional forms, where appropriate to the context.
- a wide range of link words to make longer and more complex sentences.
- a range of reference sources, for example, bilingual and monolingual dictionaries, glossaries and dictionaries of synonyms, to clarify and confirm the meaning of words.
An example of topics included in the course:
You will covered a variety of basic and common themes and topics in studies / experience leading up to this course so that at this level, topic areas may be chosen to reflect learners’ needs and aspirations i.e. social activities, hobbies and skills or general/specific work-related contexts. Your tutor will be presenting you with a wider variety of topic material to test your skills at this level.
When will my course be held?
There are daytime evening and Saturday morning courses, but not all courses have a choice.
How do I enrol?
Non-Qualification courses are available for enrolment online at: www.adult-learning-derby.org.uk
For all courses:
Call our main centres, Rycote Centre 717930, Multicultural Centre 717940, Village Learning Centre 711371, Allen Park Centre 642300 or 01332 717900
To request a brochure please email firstname.lastname@example.org or phone our Helpline 717900
What materials will I need?
For your first lesson, bring:
- lined paper, a biro (black or blue), pencil and eraser. If you have an A4 sized ring binder, this will be useful too.
Your tutor will advise you on which set books to buy and the recommended dictionary for the course, so don’t rush out and buy anything especially beforehand. You will also be advised of any other equipment you may need.
Do I need any prior knowledge?
You will be expected to have a good command of the English language (although this need not be your first language), but no formal qualifications are required.
You will also need to have successfully completed either a course in the chosen language at Level 2 or equivalent or have knowledge of the language through prior studies or experience. If you are in any doubt, you are advised to attend the enrolment session prior to joining this course and have a discussion with the tutor to ascertain your level.
What happens if I miss a few lessons?
If you miss the odd lesson during the course, you will be issued with the missed handouts (you may be able to download them from the internet) and you will be given advice on what home study you should do to enable you to keep up.
What happens if I don’t complete the course?
If for some reason, you are unable to complete the course, you must inform either the tutor or the administrators in the office. Depending on how much work you have completed, you may be awarded a partial certificate for the credits that you achieved (accredited courses only). Refunding of fees will need to be discussed with the centre office, on an individual basis.
Please note, refunds, if awarded, may take up to 6 weeks to process if you paid via cheque or cash.
By the end of the course...
You can expect to:
- be able to maintain communications (an average of 3 minutes for each) with your tutor or a fellow learner on at least 2 formal topics such as a problem solving exercise or report and be able to initiate and maintain communication of around 3 minutes about one or more books / plays / film or other relevant material
- be able to listen to and demonstrate the understanding of information when spoken at a normal speed and extract facts, overall meaning, emotions and attitudes from at least 2 different sources such as a news item or documentary and from a further 2 topic areas which use both formal and informal forms of the language.
- be able to read, and demonstrate a good understanding of specific information from at least 2 non-fiction texts of different styles (around 1,000 words in total) e.g. business correspondence, articles or factual reports and from at least 2 fictional extracts e.g. a play or novel (around 1,000 words in total)
- be able to produce at least 3 pieces of written work (at least 1,000 words in total) for a variety of purposes e.g. creative writing, formal and informal correspondence .
- have learned about some culture and traditions of the country
- receive a certificate of achievement (on accredited courses only) or a certificate of attendance
- Lasting friendships
- A sense of well deserved achievement
Motivation and confidence
Health and Wellbeing
The slogan you see on our brochures and leaflets is:
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This is because we believe that taking part in adult and community learning can open the door to new friendships, give you something enjoyable and worthwhile to do with your time, enable you to learn something new and give you a sense of achievement. That's got to make you feel good!
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Disabled Access to
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Monday, Tuesday & Thursday - Ryecafe
From the city centre head towards Kedleston Road along King Street and Garden Street. At the 'Five Lamps' traffic lights on Garden Street you will see a sign for the Rycote Centre, turn left down Parker Street then turn right and the Centre is on the right hand side, parking is on the street and the main entrance is through the Social Service's car park. The Centre can also be accessed from Kedleston Road - opposite the Polish Club - but there is no parking at this entrance other than on Kedleston Road 01332 717930 or 717924
Allestree Bus, Trent Barton, and No. 6, Notts and Derby University bus during University term time.
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