Who is this course for?
Want to learn the basics of a language? It’s difficult on your own and much more fun with a supportive tutor and a group where you can practice with each other and share the joys and frustrations. This is suitable for complete beginners and also for those with some very basic knowledge.
You will learn and practise simple useful language such as: Greet people and introduce yourself and others, Order a drink or a snack, Shop and find your way around, Numbers, the alphabet, days of the week and dates, Read information such as simple signs, lists and menus. Write short notes. Look at some of the language and culture of the country or countries concerned. You will: Work individually, in pairs and in small groups, as well as with the tutor and the whole class. Take part in a wide range of activities designed to help understand and use the language effectively. Use a range of interesting resources including video clips, listening material and the internet.
Support and feedback
You’ll complete an individual learning plan (ILP). There is initial assessment and a variety of activities to assess your progress throughout the course. There’s discussion and written feedback with your tutor. This should be noted on your ILP.
Additional costs and requirements
At the start of the course your tutor will advise you of any course book that might be required. Please don’t purchase anything before the course. You’ll need a pen, paper and a ring-binder for storing notes, hand-outs and homework. You may like to bring a drink or refreshments
You may be eligible for a learner bursary if you can demonstrate that attending a course will improve your wellbeing. Eligibility is determined after a short interview with a member of our learning support team. You must be aged over 19 on 31st August 2017 and your household income below £15,276 to access this fund. Contact your local centre for more details.
Will I have to do anything outside of the session?
Yes, effective language learning requires regular practise and reinforcement. You’ll be provided with short homework tasks to help consolidate and extend the work done in the weekly session. You will also be encouraged to make use of other resources such as internet websites for self-study activities.
About the tutor
Denise Moorley began teaching in Adult learning soon after completing her BA Honours degree in Applied Language Studies, (French, Spanish and Russian) in London, many years ago!
While practising her language skills in France and Spain as part of her degree course, she had already discovered a talent and a love for teaching, giving classes for foreign students wishing to learn English. From there, having gained a postgraduate certificate in education in Oxford, she ventured into mainstream school teaching, in Middlesbrough, offering French and Spanish at GCSE and at A level.
An employment opportunity for her husband in Japan saw Denise spending two years in that intriguing country, teaching English to Japanese students and also indulging her passion for language learning by studying Japanese.
However, Denise has not always worked in the hothouse of education; she has experience of working as a tour guide for foreign visitors to the UK, in a college library, in a probation office, in the Civil Service and in tourist information. Currently, alongside teaching commitments, she enjoys a part time role editing distance learning courses in diverse subjects.
Languages are for everyone – we have all learned to speak at least one language, and learning another will exercise the brain in a way that crosswords never can!
From many years of language study and teaching Denise would confirm that studying languages enables us to become acquainted with the people of other nations and to discover their cultures; we can speak to foreign people on their territory, in their tongue – and find out a lot about ourselves in the process!