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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.
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
Simon Longstaff currently works as an ICT, English and maths tutor for Learn Devon. He also works as an Electronics Senior Design Engineer for Partech Electronics and an ICT and Maths (Numeracy) tutor for City College Plymouth and the Learning Curve in Devonport.
Simon has spent most of his working life in the field of Electronic Engineering and was previously the Technical Director of his own instrumentation manufacturing company before undertaking his teacher training.
Simon has a 1st class honours degree in ICT with Education from Exeter University, a PGCE incorporating a Diploma in Teaching in the Lifelong Learning Sector (DTLLS), and a specialism in teaching maths; a level 5 Additional Diploma in Numeracy.
Simon is a keen musician and composer and has for the last ten years performed each summer season at Sterts Theatre in their musical shows.
“I’m a great believer in ‘experiential learning’, and firmly believe that people learn by doing. This is so important, particularly with a subject like ICT; it is the familiarity with everyday computing tasks that build on a person’s levels of confidence and skills.”
“Despite my technical background I hate jargon: There is nothing I enjoy more than to clarify some of the gobbledygook and mythology that surround the subject of information technology.”
Simon Longstaff, ICT Tutor, Learn Devon