Improve your English: join at any time

Alexander Centre, Tavistock

Who is this course for?

Would you like to become a more confident language user? If you have answered YES, then enrol TODAY!

This course is free for adults who have not already achieved a GCSE in English Language A*-C grade. It can help to enhance career prospects, access to higher or further education, support the family with their English skills or improve skills for personal reasons.

The course follows the syllabus for the OCR Functional Skills English programme from Entry 1 to Level 2 supported by smaller ‘stepping stone’ Ascentis qualifications.

Note that you can only enrol on this course once you have had an assessment from an experienced Learn Devon Tutor to determine which course is most suitable for your needs. If you are interested in enrolling on this course please call 01822 613701 to make an appointment.

We regret this course is not suitable for ESOL learners who have not yet achieved a Level 2 ESOL qualification.

Course content

Once the starting level and your learning aims have been established, you will be engaged in a range of activities designed to target the areas of both written and spoken means of communication as appropriate to your needs, for example reading comprehension, spelling, punctuation, sentence construction or ways of adapting the language to specific audiences. You will also explore a variety of everyday text types in a relevant and challenging way. These might be formal and informal letters and emails, formal reports, speeches, formal and informal spoken exchanges, leaflets, advertising documents or newspaper/magazine articles. Time will be made for you to participate in whole group and small group activities as well as complete tasks individually. You will be encouraged to use ICT to support your learning and develop new skills.

Support and feedback

You will receive regular feedback from your tutor. At the end of every session there will be an opportunity to reflect on progress made and areas that still require some practice. Record of this will be kept in your Individual Learning Plan. Both classwork and homework will be used to assess how well you are progressing towards your goals.

Additional costs and requirements

You will need: a pen, A4 lined paper, a folder or a binder to keep your work in and a pack of highlighters. You might find it useful to bring your own dictionary or thesaurus with you as well.

It is important that you commit to attending every week and keep in touch about the sessions you can’t make. There will be no classes in the school holidays.

Will I have to do anything outside of the session?

Yes. Effective learning requires regular practice and, therefore, you might be asked to complete up to an hour’s homework every week.

About the tutor

Isabel Knockaert started working for Learn Devon in 2007 and currently specialises in ESOL, Literacy and Functional Skills English. Prior to this she has taught in different countries including Poland and Belgium. Isabel gained her first degree in 2005 after having studied English pedagogy, British and American literature, applied linguistics and methodology of language teaching. She gained her Masters of Education in Applied Linguistics graduating from the Open University in 2013. Isabel is passionate about helping her learners to work hard and achieve their goals whilst embarking on relevant but enjoyable learning.

Isabel Knockaert, English and ESOL, Learn Devon

Start date13 Sep 2017
End date18 Jul 2018
Start time09:30
End time12:00
Concessions not available