Improve your English: join at any time
Who is this course for?
This course is offered online to support continued learning during lockdown.
Please note if/when lockdown is lifted this course may be redirected to face to face learning.
The time and day will remain the same, along with your tutor.
The venue for direct learning will be at St Sidwells Community Centre, Exeter.
To be able to take part in online learning you will be sent a zoom invitation with your access code, you will require a PC with camera and microphone.
You can only enrol on this course through a friendly chat and skills check with an experienced Learn Devon Learning Support Co-ordinator.
To make a local appointment to confirm which course is most suitable for your needs, please contact our admin team in Exmouth; 01395 223851
The Kennaway Centre
10-12 Victoria Road
“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 signpost you to 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.
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 practice, enhance your progression and often involve exploring topics for discussion.
About the tutor
Jo has worked for Learn Devon, Devon County Council for 18 years, initially as a playworker and then trained and qualified as an Adult Education Tutor. She has worked for many years as a Family Learning Tutor, teaching a wide variety of courses such as Family Literacy, Family Maths, SEAL, Building Confidence and Self – Esteem, Animation and Outdoor learning courses.
Jo has also set up pilot courses for Employability and ICT, such as the ‘Time to Project’ in Exeter to help hard to reach members of the community gain confidence to learn and gain qualifications.
She has experience and qualifications in retail management where she worked as a manager, area trainer and assessor. This has enabled her to use those skills to teach Customer Service Skills and Communication Skills for Learn Devon.
Over the last two years Jo has also developed an ‘Improve Your English’ (Functional Skills) class in the community, with a second one due to commence shortly. She also continues to teach a variety of Family Learning courses.
‘I enjoy teaching and seeing the learners become more confident in their abilities and progress on to other courses, help their children with their learning, gain qualifications or employment.’