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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.
What will I be doing?
You will practise everyday reading, writing and communication. This includes work on spelling, punctuation and grammar, writing for everyday use (e.g. filling in applications), reading texts (e.g. newspapers) and communicating well in everyday situations (e.g. telephone conversations). You will learn with a group of people who have the same needs and interests but work to your own personal learning plan, which includes what you want to be able to do.
Support and feedback
You will be encouraged to be responsible for your own learning. An individual learning plan will be used to record your targets and achievements. These can be used to predict end grades.
Additional costs and requirements
An A4 course folder, lined paper, dividers, pens and pencils, a dictionary, a thesaurus and a pack of highlighters.
No extra costs involved
Will I have to do anything outside of the session?
Weekly homework will be used to practice, check understanding of topics covered and provide feedback on progress.
About the tutor
Jenni Marshall works as a tutor for Learn Devon, teaching Literacy, ESOL French and Spanish Tutor for Learn Devon. Prior to this she worked for Cornwall Adult Education Service, Abingdon, and Witney & Oxon College also teaching the aforementioned subjects. Within the literacy programmes taught, she delivered Key Skills, Skills for Life and also Communication to recovering Drug and Alcohol users.
Jenni commenced full time teaching 2003. Prior to that, she taught English as a Foreign Language both privately and also for SUL Language School. She has also taught Elective Home Education students for 10 years following both the British and American curriculums.
Jenni has an Honours Degree in Humanities where she majored in English Language/English Literature from The Open University, A PGCE from University of Greenwich and amongst other specialist qualifications, a Level 5 Subject Specialism in Literacy inc ESOL. Jenni’s area of interest is Applied Linguistics which she will further study in a Masters of Applied Linguistics.
Jenni’s passion is equipping others with the necessary tools to ensure that they realise their dreams. She is a great advocate of education as the means to do this.
“I simply love teaching adults how to work against all those negative reports, whether from others or within and watching them surpass all expectations. Especially when they start to believe that they really do have the power to achieve something that was never before thought possible”.
Jenni Marshall, ESOL Tutor, Learn Devon