Improve your English - join anytime
Who is this course for?
You can only enrol on this course through a friendly chat and skills check with an experienced Learn Devon Learning Support Co-ordinator.
This course will enable you to improve your English under the tuition of a qualified English teacher who will assist you with learning at your own pace and enable you to set your own goals. Progression opportunities will be available.
The course requires regular attendance and extra work at home.
Courses cover different levels and include the skills of communication, reading and writing used in everyday situations such as
* contributing to formal discussion of ideas and opinions
* interpreting meaning in sentences
* planning and adapting texts
* planning and drafting writing
Support and feedback
How will I learn? You will learn by a mixture of working with others and on your own. There will be whole class teaching too. You will do some research work, reading and some activities using a computer. How will my progress be monitored? You will be encouraged to be responsible for your own learning. An individual learning plan will be used to record your targets and achievements.
Additional costs and requirements
A4 file, writing materials and lined paper to be brought to the first and subsequent lessons.
You will have an Initial Assessment with our tutor to determine what level you need to be working at.
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
Paul Haines studied as a mature student, gaining a Diploma in Further Mathematics, a BA in Mathematics, Technology and Developmental Psychology from the Open University and a BSc in Mathematical Education from Exeter University. As well as his specialism in mathematics, Paul is also qualified as a teacher of English. Prior to entering teaching, Paul ran an antique restoration and French polishing business in North Devon. Through his work with Learn Devon, previous employment as a lecturer at North Devon College (now Petroc) and at schools and
colleges in North Devon, Paul has gained extensive experience of teaching people who find it difficult to get the qualifications they need at school. “When we are at school there are so many reasons for not learning what we’re supposed to, but when we are adults we can put things behind us and carry on from where we left off. Learning can boost your job prospects, your self-confidence, the way you see the world. We are never too old to learn, sometimes we just need a boost to get us going.”