Improve your English: join at any time
Who is this course for?
This course is for anyone wanting to improve their English language skills. This can range from entry level all the way up to Level 2 qualifications. You can enrol at any time throughout the year and our tutors will tailor your learning exactly around your needs. This is a very flexible course, you will work at your own pace and you will be set your own goals. There will be lots of progression opportunities available to you along the way.
We encourage anyone to enrol who wants to improve their English, whether that’s to help their children with their homework, to gain a qualification for further studies or just to brush up on their skills. This course will help you boost your employment opportunities and prepare you for further study.
As the course covers different qualification levels the content will be designed to meet your exact needs. This will include the skills of communication, reading and writing.
Our classes are small and welcoming, you will work with others and on your own. You will also be using a computer to do some research, reading and other activities to enhance your study experience. We encourage you to regularly attend our classes and to spend some extra time on self-study at home.
Support and feedback
Our tutors are supportive and friendly, they work with our learning support assistants who are at hand to help you with any learning difficulties or disabilities. Your progress will be tracked, and you will be encouraged to take responsibility for your own learning. Using a tailored learning plan our tutors will provide you with feedback to help you achieve your learning goals.
Additional costs and requirements
We will supply you with all the text books, dictionaries, and any other reading materials you may need. You will need to bring along an A4 file, writing materials and lined paper to your classes.
To enrol on this course, you will first need to meet with one of our friendly Learning Support Coordinators. Through a skills check they will make sure that this is the right course for you. To make an appointment with our team please contact your local Learn Devon centre.
Will I have to do anything outside of the session?
To achieve your learning goals, we will encourage you to do weekly homework. This will help you practise, enhance your progression and will often involve exploring topics for discussion.
About the tutor
I have been teaching with Learn Devon (formerly Adult & Community Learning) for 18 years, most of my teaching has involved Information & Communications Technology but more recently I have been teaching English. This year I took a class in Functional Skills English, ‘Improve your English join at any time’, with learners who ranged in ability from Entry Level 1 through to Level 2.
My qualifications include an MSC in Computer Science and a PGCE from Plymouth University. Recently I have undertaken several courses to enable me to teach English: ‘Level 3 Award in English for Literacy and Language Teaching’, ‘Engaging and Motivating Learners in English’, ‘Teaching English at Level 2: effective practice for new & developing teachers’.
I enjoy teaching and watching students gain in confidence in their English skills. They then have the opportunity to progress to other courses, gain employment, or help their children with their own learning.
Sheila Barton, Learn Devon tutor